Today, Monday, only about six nations received invitations to Queen Elizabeth’s burial. They are Afghanistan under Taliban authority, Russia, Belarus, Myanmar, Syria, Venezuela, and so on.
The UK does not have diplomatic ties with Syria or Venezuela, according to Sky News, and no Kabul representative has been invited due to Afghanistan’s political climate following the Taliban’s overthrow a year ago.
Iran, North Korea, and Nicaragua, meanwhile, have only received invitations at the ambassadorial level. The only way to attend is through invitation.
Thousands are anticipated to line the route of the funeral cortege, as they did as the Queen’s body traveled from Balmoral to Edinburgh, while millions worldwide are anticipated to watch on television.
Up to 2,200 people can be accommodated in Westminster Abbey. World leaders, politicians, celebrities, those who worked with the Queen, and monarchs from other nations will join the Royal Family to pay their respects on the day of the funeral.
Princes William and Harry, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn, along with Camilla, the Queen Consort, and the monarch’s four children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, will all be in attendance.
All close family members’ spouses, including Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, the Princess of Wales, are anticipated to attend as well.
Other UK politicians, including Labour leader Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Liz Truss, will also be present.
Around 500 international dignitaries are anticipated to attend the funeral, along with members of the royal families of other European nations, including Spain, the Netherlands, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and Greece.
First Lady Jill Biden of the United States and US President Joe Biden were among the first to announce their presence, while French President Emmanuel Macron has also done so.
Nearly 200 key employees and volunteers honored in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list have also been invited. It is understood that all recipients of the Victoria Cross or George Cross are welcome to attend.