The people of the United Kingdom will mark the life and glorious legacy of Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday. The Queen took her last breath on September 9, and since then, the Royal Family and the people of the UK have been in mourning.
The Queen’s funeral was the first state funeral in the United Kingdom since Winston Churchill’s in 1965. The state funeral means that the UK Government has officially announced the date for the celebration. Funerals are bank holidays.
For the funeral, many guests, from political heads of state to distinguished members of the royal family and dignitaries from around the world, will fly to the UK.
The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey – the same church where Prince Williams and Kate Middleton were married.
While the official guest list has yet to be announced, here are some of the names that are expected to be present at the funeral.
Royal family member
Most of the Queen’s family is expected to be present. According to the New York Post, the list includes the Queen’s closest family members such as King Charles III and Queen Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Queen’s daughters. , Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince. Andrew and Sarah, and Prince Edward and Sophie.
British Prime Minister and other political leaders
Led by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, senior members of the UK government will attend.
According to the New York Post, about 500 dignitaries and heads of state were invited. Among those invited to the funeral were US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Irish President Michael D. Higgins , European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen .
The New York Post also reports that royal families from across Europe have been invited. The list includes King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe VI and Queen Letitia of Spain, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Her Majesty the Queen. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Speaking of who has confirmed their attendance so far, Indian President Draupadi Murmu will be in the UK from September 17 to 19 for the funeral. French President Emanuel Macaron has also confirmed his visit to the UK. From Nepal, their foreign minister Narayan Khadka will be there and from Srilanka, President Renil Wickremesinghe will fly to the UK for the funeral.
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