Joe Biden and royals heading to Westminster Abbey for Queen's funeral

Queen’s funeral guest list: Brazil’s far-right President Bolsonaro and Turkey’s Erdogan will join other leaders and European royalty but there’s no invite for Putin…amid questions over whether MBS, Dubai’s Sheikh Maktoum or Xi Jinping will be asked to go

  • Word leaders, royalty and British politicians will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday 
  • The service at Westminster Abbey will host ladies-in-waiting, royal cousins and leading public figures 
  • US President Joe Biden will attend, as will British Prime Minister Liz Truss and a host of other world leaders 
  • The vast influx has forced the Foreign Office to encourage leaders to travel using commercial flights 
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

World leaders including US President Joe Biden, New Zealand’s Prime Minister and Jacinda Ardern and Brazil’s premier Jair Bolsonaro will be heading to London for the Queen’s funeral next week to join the majority of Europe’s royals and even Japan’s emperor in mourning Her Majesty’s passing.

The globe’s most powerful men and women are scrambling for seats at Westminster Abbey on Monday amid limits on who can join the congregation of 2,000 honouring Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died aged 96 last Thursday.

But Vladimir Putin has been snubbed along with his ally, Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko. Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar will also not be asked with no official stance yet on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – although they are highly unlikely to make the guest list. Iran’s Ayatollah and President won’t attend – but an ambassador will be invited.

It is not thought the trip will be made by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, who took time out from organising his country’s fightback against Russian president Putin’s forces to sign a book of condolence for the Queen. 

Major world leaders will NOT have to take a bus to Queen’s funeral

Major world leaders will not be forced to take a bus to the Queen’s funeral on Monday, it has been revealed.

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Emperor Naruhito are among those expected to be granted exemptions from the coach ride for ‘security reasons’.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian president Sergio Matarella, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Isaac Herzog may also be exempted.

It comes after a leaked document suggested all foreign leaders would be forced to take coaches from a secret location in west London to Westminster Abbey due to ‘tight security and road restrictions.’

But a government source has since clarified the situation to The Times, saying it clearly would not be appropriate to ask G7 leaders to ‘take a bus’.

Dignitaries are being asked to be as flexible as possible, the source added.

Heads of state and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey. Leading figures in Britain’s public life are set to attend her funeral next week, including Liz Truss and all her living predecessors. 

More than 100 world leaders and heads of state are expected to be invited to the service – the first full State Funeral that Britain has hosted since Winston Churchill died in 1965. 

But with so many people wanting to go, invites are limited to one per VIP plus their spouse if they have one, but there is an ongoing row after the Government urged them to fly commercially and pool jets to get to the UK. There is also upset that many will be asked to jump on shuttle buses to the abbey rather than use state limousines or carriages. 

All of Europe’s kings and queens, as well as minor royals from the continent related to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, will be there, including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Outside of Europe, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will travel to London alongside Empress Masako and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. 

Joe Biden was the first to confirm his attendance yesterday – and the majority of world leaders from the King’s realms and the Commonwealth will be there. Of the globe’s largest and most influential states, China’s President Xi and India’s Narendra Modi are yet to confirm. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is certain not to be there. Invites to the Queen’s funeral have not been sent to Moscow, Belarus and Myanmar, while Iran will only be represented at an ambassadorial level, Whitehall sources said.

Invitations to other leaders, including former heads of state, will be at the discretion of Buckingham Palace. This means that the Obamas and Donald Trump may miss out.

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen’s funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be in London

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be in London

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain recently paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement. They have also confirmed their attendance to the Queen’s funeral

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend 

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is expected to fly to London

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen’s funeral next week

Australian PM, Anthony Albanese, pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon, will come to Britain from Down Under

Not invited

Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko

Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei/President Ebrahim Raisi – but the ambassador to the UK will be asked

Not confirmed

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

China’s Xi Jinping

Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud or his son, de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Confirmed

Joe Biden and Jill Biden, President and first lady of the United States

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Anthony Albanese, Australian Prime Minister

Gitanas Nauseda, President of Lithuania

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan President

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany

Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korean President

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Egils Levits, President of Latvia

Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago

Mohammad Shtayyeh, Palestinian Prime Minister

Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland

Katalin Novak, Hungarian President

Michael D Higgins, Irish President and Micheál Martin, Irish Prime Minister

Royals to attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey

Confirmed 

King Charles III

Anne, the Princess Royal, 

Prince Andrew 

Prince Edward

Camilla, the Queen Consort

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex,

Princes William 

Prince Harry

Peter Phillips

Zara and Mike Tindall

Princesses Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank 

Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in central London at 11am on Monday. Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession. The service will be televised in the UK and around the globe.

It came as the Government, which is in charge of travel arrangements for the funeral, was forced to clarify its security arrangements for visiting world leaders.

Leaked documents suggested world leaders would be forced to travel to the funeral by bus for security reasons. The President usually travels in a limo nicknamed ‘the Beast’, which is bulletproof, bomb-proof and resistant to chemical attacks.

Yesterday Number 10 said that its directions were guidance, adding: ‘The arrangements for leaders and how they travel will vary depending on individual circumstances. Arrangements for different leaders will vary depending on things like security risks.’

The Foreign Office also encouraged leaders to use commercial flights, warning that Heathrow is ‘not available for private flight arrangements or aircraft parking’.

Those that insist on travelling by private jet should head for ‘less busy airports’ around London, it said. Helicopters have also been banned ‘due to the number of flights operating at this time’. 

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised committal service.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret. Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

But there is a backlash over foreign leaders being ordered to travel to the ceremony by bus.

Invitations will be issued to heads of state and their wives – but invitations to other leaders, including former heads of state, will be at the discretion of Buckingham Palace.

Yesterday Number 10 said that the Government is taking the lead on travel arrangements, while the guest list is a matter for Buckingham Palace.

When asked if there was space for former heads of state such as Mr Trump, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said ‘space will be limited’.

The funeral is being held in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday, which has also been designated a bank holiday.

Leaders who have already confirmed their attendance include the prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the heads of state of Japan and South Korea.

US President Joe Biden said he will attend with his wife Jill, catching his White House staff off-guard as his predecessors declined to attend the last two state funerals in the UK – Winston Churchill’s in 1965 and George VI’s in 1952.

His attendance is expected to create an awkward decision for the Palace, who may wish to invite Mr Trump’s predecessors Michelle and Barack Obama.

Mrs Obama and the Queen developed a strong bond, despite the former president’s wife breaking royal protocol by placing her arm on the monarch’s back during their first meeting in 2009.

In a touching tribute to the Queen, the Obamas said her reign was ‘defined by grace, elegance, and a tireless work ethic’, adding she meant ‘a great deal’ to them, and remembered how she ‘welcomed them to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity’.

Former Tory leader Lord Hague said ‘of course’ there will be diplomacy at the Queen’s funeral.

But he said world leaders are coming to pay their respects to an ‘extraordinary head of state’ – and that is what ‘90% of it will be about’.

Asked if there will be politics at the funeral, he told Times Radio: ‘Of course there is some diplomacy – you can’t have that number of people together from around the world without them starting to say, ‘well, what do you think is happening in Ukraine?’ – of course there is going to be some of that.

‘Nevertheless, they’re coming because they want to pay their respects to this extraordinary head of state. And that is what 90% of it will be about.’

Yesterday Irish premier Micheal Martin confirmed he will travel to attend the Queen’s funeral, as well as a memorial service for the Queen in Belfast today.

The leaders of most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, including New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern – whose journey across the world will take almost 24 hours – and her Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese.

Australia and New Zealand are also offering to share flights to allow Pacific leaders to travel together to London.

European royal families are expected to be present, including King Felipe of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia.

Emperor Naruhito, the Oxford-educated leader of Japan, is expected to make the trip to the UK despite not usually attending funerals.

President Yoon of South Korea, President Steinmeier of Germany, President Bolsonaro, the right-wing leader of Brazil, and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, have also confirmed their attendance.

Other likely attendees will include President Macron of France and President Erdogan of Turkey.

Number 10 said there will be no bi-lateral meetings granted to visiting dignitaries, but King Charles III will host a reception for overseas leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening.

After the state funeral service the following day, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will host a reception for political leaders in Dean’s Yard, in the grounds of the abbey.

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes last night. They will lead the mourning at the state funeral

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, guest and Camilla, Queen Consort, will support their spouses

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday


Peter Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall (right) are expected to be attending the service


Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (left) and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) will all be at the funeral


James Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise Windsor (right), the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children, will both be going

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

European royals have confirmed their attendance at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will be among the 2,000 mourners expected at Westminster Abbey.  

Representatives from the Swedish, Danish and Monegasque royal families are also expected, according to royal blogger Gert’s Royals. 

Unlike the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021 – which was restricted to just 30 people – it is likely Westminster Abbey’s 2,000 capacity will be filled to capacity in honour Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The funeral congregation will be headed by the new King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, while William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, will follow closely.

The Queen’s other three children, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, and Princess Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will also be among the chief mourners.

The King’s mother, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has also confirmed that she will be in attendance at Westminster Abbey next Monday

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will also join the congregation at Westminster Abbey next week 

 Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe’s longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee – will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

 King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen’s funeral

 Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

It is expected all eight of the Queen’s grandchildren will be present, including Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her spouse Jack Brooksbank, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Queen’s nephew Lord Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto are also anticipated to be there.

Other monarchs likely to be in attendance at the Queen’s funeral include King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Other possible guests are the former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece – who was deposed in 1973.

The confirmation of foreign royals at the Queen’s funeral comes shortly after they paid tribute to the monarch online. 

Following her death King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement.

The Spanish Royal Family echoed sentiments from the Dutch and Swedish royals in praising the Queen’s sense of duty to her country throughout her historic 70-year reign.

Posting a letter to King Charles III on the Casa Real Twitter account, King Felipe said he would ‘dearly’ miss his Aunt Lilibet, a figure he held close.

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