Spain’s King Felipe meets his father Juan Carlos, whom he doesn’t actually want to see. Not only this encounter is delicate.
The farewell to Queen Elizabeth II brought them all together: Heads of state and government, kings and queens, emperors and emirs have traveled from all over the world to pay their last respects to the Queen. But the guest list does not make everyone happy.
The Spanish King Felipe meets his father Juan Carlos, who abdicated after numerous scandals and lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates. His son doesn’t want to have anything to do with him anymore and avoided him as best he could on Sunday in London. These are the most controversial guests.
Queen’s funeral: Russia stays out too, upset with Putin
Representatives of states with which Great Britain maintains diplomatic relations were invited. This does not include Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Venezuela, North Korea and, since the war in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was very upset about this. First, in a letter of condolence, he paid tribute to the Queen as a Highness who “rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects and authority on the world stage.” He asked the new King Charles to express his condolences to all Britons. Also read: Charles III: how his coronation will proceed
Queen’s funeral: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia sends representation
When it became clear that nobody from Russia would be invited, the tone changed radically. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the non-invitation immoral and said that the “British elites” are now on the side of “Nazis and their Ukrainian accomplices”.
But invited guests also cause discomfort. Fortunately, the most controversial said at the last moment: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. He is blamed for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will be represented at the funeral of Prince Turki bin Mohammed al-Saud, who has been a member of the cabinet since 2018.
Even the ruler of Dubai is not only welcome
The presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, is also problematic. His wife, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, fled to England with their daughters years ago. In a sensational court case, she had fought against her forced marriage and for custody of her children. She is the sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah, who is also invited.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Queen of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and 14 other sovereign countries
April 21, 1926 in London
September 8, 2022 in Scotland
Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward
Bolsonaro holds political rally
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has not only made friends. He broke the apolitical framework of the funeral ceremonies and held a campaign rally outside the Brazilian residence in London on Sunday. The right-wing populist politician, who is considered the South American Donald Trump, is behind his challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in polls. The new King Charles must have been not amused.
The meeting between the hostile neighbors in the Middle East is also politically difficult. Israeli President Izchak Herzog and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyah could seize the opportunity for talks. Shtayyah is representing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is unable to travel for health reasons. But that’s not likely. Relations between Israel and its neighbor are icy.
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