- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit London on Saturday.
- The participation of foreign leaders is limited to one representative and his partner.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin will be one of the most publicized absences at the funeral.
WASHINGTON—World Leaders are set to descend on Westminster Abbey for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in a worldwide show of admiration for Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday, was 96.
President Joe Biden, joined by First Lady Jill Biden, is among heads of state heading to London for next Monday’s funeral, which will be packed with presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and kings and queens of other nations.
The historic event has sparked a flurry of speculation over who will be invited by Buckingham Palace – and who may refuse.
A notable but unsurprising absence will be Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian state media reported. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russians respect Queen Elizabeth II “for her wisdom and global authority” but Putin’s attendance at the funeral is not on the cards. Putin has drawn widespread condemnation, including sanctions from the UK, for his ongoing war on Ukraine.
Some top foreign leaders will have other officials to represent their country. For example, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday that the country’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard would represent Mexico at the funeral.
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Attendance by foreign leaders will be limited to one representative from each country and their partner, according to Foreign Ministry documents obtained by Politico.
Other leaders who have confirmed — through public statements or in multiple media reports — that they plan to attend include:
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto
German President Frank-Walker Steinmeier
Hungarian President Katalin Nova
Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Herzog
Italian President Sergio Mattarella
King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Latvian President President Egils Levits
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda
Polish President Andrzej Duda
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol
Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia Ortiz (Juan Carlos, former King of Spain, will also attend, according to Spanish daily elDiario.es.)
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesingh
Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago
Members of the royal families of Norway, Denmark and Sweden will also attend the funeral, the Daily Guardian reported. Other leaders expected to attend, according to Reuters, are Alexander Van der Bellen, president of Austria; Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of Palestine; and the President of the European Council Charles Michel.
Contributor: Associated Press
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