2000 funeral guests expected: who pays the last tribute to the queen
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2000 funeral guests expected
Who pays the last tribute to the Queen?
13/09/2022, 5:41 PM
The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday, will take place in London next week. The guest list is correspondingly long. In addition to the family and other royals, numerous heads of state and thousands of fans are expected.
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96. About 2,000 mourners are expected to attend her September 19 state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey, according to media reports. Buckingham Palace has not yet released an official guest list. The first names have already reached the public.
First and foremost, the family of the deceased attends the funeral. Including the four children King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. They are accompanied by their partners and their children. In addition to Prince William and Princess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will also be in attendance.
Royals come from all over the world
Other European royals are also expected. For example, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, King Carl XVI. Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Dutch royal couple Máxima and Willem-Alexander with mother Beatrix, or Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI. from Spain with mother Sofia.
According to radio station NHK, Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako are also preparing to visit Britain. It would be Naruhito’s first foreign trip since his accession to the throne in 2019.
Many Presidents Arrive
The countries without monarchy are represented by their political leaders. US President Joe Biden has already confirmed his participation. “I don’t know the details yet, but I’m going,” he said in a speech in Ohio. According to CNN, Biden received “a special invitation” and is traveling with his wife Jill.
He will not bring a delegation. According to a protocol report from the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) available to “Politico”, the funeral is subject to a “1+1” rule. It states that due to space constraints “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.
For example, French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should find their way to Westminster Abbey. Germany is represented by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender. 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, Maori King Tuheitia Paki and other compatriots will pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
Selenskyj and Putin are not coming
Volodymyr Zelenskyy will not participate. The President of Ukraine however, expressed his condolences in a tweet“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 also commented on Telegram on 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, loved and loved by her British subjects were respected and had gained a high reputation on the world stage,” the Kremlin said in a statement. He is also unlikely to attend the funeral.
Russia, along with Belarus, is on the list of countries from which guests are not welcome. Britain has issued numerous sanctions against them because of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. And Southeast Asian Myanmar has not received an invitation to the ceremony, the PA news agency said, citing government circles in London. Iran, with which diplomatic relations are tense, will be represented only at the ambassadorial level.
In addition to heads of state, other well-known personalities will also attend the funeral service. Therefore, naturalist Sir David Attenborough could also be on the guest list.
Thousands of fans expected
In addition to the invitees, thousands of royalists gather in front of the church and in the streets of London on September 19. All in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin. It is transferred in a solemn procession from Westminster Palace, where the Queen will rest until the morning of the state funeral at 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 makes the long walk to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Another funeral service will then take place at St. George’s Chapel.