From Joe Biden to royalty, the images of the guests at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth's coffin entering Westminster Abbey

The remains of Elizabeth II were escorted by 142 sailors | Reuters

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II gathered two thousand people in Westminster Abbey, London. From the royal family to heads of state and representatives of the monarchy around the world.

Hundreds of foreign leaders and monarchs were invited to the monarch’s state funeral in London, which became one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in decades.

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Westminster Abbey has capacity for about 2,000 people and among them about 500 heads of state or other official dignitaries are expected per country, including Mexico, represented by Marcelo Ebrard, who comes accompanied by his wife, Rosalinda Bueso.

In a politically sensitive gesture, a handful of countries like Russia, Afghanistan or Venezuela were not invited to the first British state funeral since 1965.

Yes, more or less distant relatives of the late monarch will be present, such as the emeritus king of Spain Juan Carlos, British politicians and other public figures.

The monarchs invited to the funeral of Elizabeth II

Numerous monarchs from Europe and other parts of the world confirmed their presence to bid farewell to the queen, who died at the age of 96, on September 8, after more than seven decades on the throne.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will attend the ceremony, as well as Juan Carlos I, who abdicated in 2014 and currently lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates, and his wife Sofía.

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will make their first trip abroad since their ascension to the throne in 2019, breaking with Japan’s tradition that the monarch rarely attends funerals.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix, King Philippe of the Belgians, King Harald V of Norway and Prince Albert II of Monaco will also be present.

There will also be Margaret of Denmark, a distant cousin of Elizabeth II and currently the only queen on a European throne.

World leaders invited to the queen’s funeral

Downing Street has not confirmed a British media report that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife, Olena, would attend the funeral.

US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill head the list of diplomatic guests.

Unlike other leaders who have been asked to get to the abbey by bus, Biden was given permission to use his armored presidential limousine.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose attendance was due to happen days ago, finally does not attend and has sent the foreign minister.

His Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, arrived on Sunday morning and improvised a controversial electoral rally from the balcony of the residence of the Brazilian ambassador.

French President Emmanuel Macron will attend to show the “unbreakable” bond with the United Kingdom and pay tribute to an “eternal queen”.

China announced that it will send its vice president, Wang Qishan, at the invitation of the British government.

Despite post-Brexit tensions, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will be in London.

Among the other leaders expected on Monday are the presidents Sergio Mattarella (Italy), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany), Isaac Herzog (Israel) or Yoon Suk-yeol (South Korea).

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin will also be present, in a symbolic gesture to pay tribute to the queen after her state visit in 2011 defused decades of tension.

The guests of the Commonwealth

Many guests come from countries where Elizabeth II reigned, despite the republican ambitions of some of them.

In total, 56 representatives from Commonwealth countries will be at the abbey.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Australian Anthony Albanese and New Zealander Jacinda Ardern, are due to attend.

Among the rest of the nations of the Commonwealth, which especially groups former British colonies, the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, the President of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama stand out.

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