These guests are expected at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II


Writed by - Andy Gocker
  These guests are expected at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8th. © getty/[EXTRACTED]: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, SpotOn

State Funeral in London

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8th at the age of 96. According to media reports, around 2,000 mourners are expected at her state funeral on September 19 in London's Westminster Abbey. Buckingham Palace has not yet announced an official guest list. The first names have already reached the public.

Representatives of European royal houses

First and foremost, the family of the deceased attends the funeral. Including the four children of King Charles III. (73), Princess Anne (72), Prince Andrew (62) and Prince Edward (58). They are accompanied by their partners and their children. In addition to Prince William (40) and Princess Kate (40), Prince Harry (37) and Duchess Meghan (41) will also be there. This, although they have now broken away from the British royal family.

Other European royals are also expected. For example, Queen Margrethe of Denmark (82), King Harald (85) and Queen Sonja (85) of Norway, King Carl XVI. Gustaf (76) and Queen Silvia (78) of Sweden, the Dutch royal couple Máxima (51) and Willem-Alexander (55) with mother Beatrix (84) or Queen Letizia (49) and King Felipe VI. (54) from Spain with mother Sofia (83).

According to radio station NHK, the Japanese Emperor Naruhito (62) and his wife Masako (60) are also preparing to visit Great Britain. For Naruhito, it would be the first trip abroad since his accession to the throne in 2019.

heads of state

The countries without a monarchy are represented by their political leaders. US President Joe Biden (79) has already confirmed his participation. 'I don't know what the details are yet, but I'll go,' he said in a speech in Ohio State. According to CNN, Biden is said to have received 'a special invitation' and is arriving with his wife Jill (71).

He will not bring a delegation with him. According to a protocol report by the Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) available to 'Politico', a '1 + 1' rule applies to the funeral. This states that due to a lack of space, 'only one senior representative per country and their significant other can participate'. The FCDO also advises you not to travel by private jet or helicopter and to take shuttle buses to the church.

In this way, French President Emmanuel Macron (44) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (68) should find their way to Westminster Abbey. Germany is represented by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66) and his wife Elke Büdenbender (60). Steinmeier canceled a visit to Costa Rica for the funeral.

Apparently New Zealand is exempt from the '1 + 1' rule. In addition to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (42), the Maori King Tuheitia Paki (67) and other compatriots are to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) will not take part. However, the President of Ukraine tweeted his condolences: 'On behalf of the people of Ukraine, we offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for this irreparable loss,' he wrote, adding: ' Our thoughts and prayers are with you.'

His political opponent Vladimir Putin (69) also commented on Telegram about the death of Queen Elizabeth II: 'Queen Elizabeth's name is inextricably linked to the most important events in British history. For decades, Queen Elizabeth was a person of respect who was loved and respected by his subjects and had gained a high reputation on the world stage,' read a Kremlin statement.

Other high-ranking personalities

In addition to heads of state, other well-known personalities are to attend the funeral service. Accordingly, naturalist Sir David Attenborough (96) could also be on the guest list.

Countless fans expected

In addition to the invited guests, thousands of royalists will gather in front of the church and on the streets of London on September 19th. All hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen's coffin. In a solemn procession, this is transferred from Westminster Palace, where the Queen will rest until the morning of the state funeral in Westminster Hall, to Westminster Abbey.

He is then taken in a second procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch the coffin comes to Windsor where the hearse travels the Long Walk to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Another funeral service will then take place in St. George's Chapel.

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