Full list of global leaders expected to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral

The historic event in London has sparked a flurry of speculation about who the Buckingham Palace has invited and who among the world leaders has declined

Full list of global leaders expected to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral
Queen Elizabeth's funeral will be held on Monday, September 19 and world leaders like Joe Biden have been invited to attend (Anna Moneymaker; Oli Scarff; Alkis Konstantinidis/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: Britain is mourning the sudden death of their beloved monarch Queen Elizabeth II. A pall of gloom descended over the usually bustling city as they watched the newly declared King Charles III lead the Queen's children behind her coffin in a solemn procession on September 12. In a few days' time, world leaders, royals heads and politicians from all across the world are expected to arrive to pay their respects to the late monarch. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have formally been invited by the royal family to take part in the proceedings and they have also given their consent.

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As the Queen's coffin is in Edinburgh and is set to move to London, her funeral congregation will be headed by King Charles III and Queen consort Camilla on Monday, September 19. As a result of the magnitude of the event and the crowds descending in droves to the city to witness the Queen's last journey security has been beefed up. The invitees to the funeral have been advised to fly commercial and are prohibited from using their private cars or helicopters. Only heads of the state and their spouses are invited due to limited space at Westminster Abbey, which can hold around 2,000 people. 

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King Charles III and Queen consort Camilla will lead the funeral congregation
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The Queen will be lying-in-state at the Palace of Westminster where people can walk past her coffin 24 hours a day until the morning of the funeral. The new Prince and Princess of Wales Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be in attendance alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Apart from the royal family, here's a list of the world leaders expected to be in attendance for the solemn event. 

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Liz Truss 

King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September in Balmoral, on September 9, 2022 in London, England.
King Charles III during his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss at Buckingham Palace
(Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Liz Truss, who will be the last UK prime minister to have been officially asked to form a government by the Queen is expected to attend. 

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier

In this handout photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks during the recording of a televised address, on the current situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Bellevue Palace on April 2, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier( Handout from German Government Press Office (BPA)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has confirmed his attendance at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II next week, the German president's office has said.

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Sergio Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella President of the Italian Republic attends during Orto delle Monache al Colle dell'Infinito di Recanati - Opening on September 26, 2019 in Recanati, Italy.
 President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella (Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images )

Italian president Sergio Mattarella will also be among the politicians traveling to the British capital for the historic occasion.

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Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on during a press conference at Parliament on August 17, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Auckland and Coromandel will go into level-4 lockdown for seven days - and the rest of the country for three days - after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed in the community in Auckland. The lockdown restrictions will come into effect at 11:59 tonight. The person traveled to Coromandel over the weekend. New Zealand health officials are investigating the source of the new positive COVID-19 case and are yet to confirm whether it is the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. The last case of community transmission was reported in New Zealand on February 28 2021.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed she will leave New Zealand on September 14 to attend the funeral in London. New Zealand will have a one-off public holiday on September 26 to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Anthony Albanese

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during a joint press conference with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (not in frame) on July 08, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. It is the first Australia-New Zealand leaders' meeting to be held since before the coronavirus pandemic.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese while confirming his attendance at the event, has also swiftly shot down the request for world leaders to make their way to London via commercial flights, say reports. He has insisted he will still be taking the Royal Australian Air Force’s VIP jet to the funeral. 

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David Hurley

Governor-General of Australia David Hurley speaks during the 50 Days To Go Celebration & Unveiling Of 2022 Commonwealth Games Australia Team Ceremonial Wear at Admirality House on June 08, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.
Governor-General of Australia David Hurley (Matt King/Getty Images)

Australia's Governor-General David Hurley will also be accompanying Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to the funeral in London. Australians will also get a one-off public holiday on September 22, Thursday, as a national day of mourning to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Yoon Suk-yeol 

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a ceremony marking Korean Memorial Day at the Seoul National cemetery on June 06, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea is marking the 67th anniversary of Memorial Day, in tribute of people who died during military service in the 1950-53 Korean War.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol ( Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol will also visit London. He is scheduled to depart on September 18 for London for the funeral as confirmed by national security adviser Kim Sung-han to the media.

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Jair Bolsonaro

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro speaks in the press conference about credit for entrepreneurs to guarantee wages during coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic at the Planalto Palace on March, 27, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil has 3,027 confirmed cases Coronavirus (COVID-19) and 77 deaths.
President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro has also accepted the invitation to attend the funeral for Queen Elizabeth, the country's foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday, September 11. The ministry said Bolsonaro will travel to London to attend the Queen's funeral on Sept 19.

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Emperor Naruhito and Fumio Kishida

Japan's Emperor Naruhito speaks during a press conference on the occasion of the Emperor's birthday on February 21, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Emperor Naruhito turned 60 on February 23, the first birthday after ascending the throne last May.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin - Pool/Getty Images)

Japan's Emperor Naruhito has confirmed he will attend the Queen's funeral in London, while Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may also attend. The British royals and Japan's imperial family have had longstanding ties. Emperor Naruhito had been invited to Britain by the Queen in 2020, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

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Sir Keir Starmer

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer views a hydrogen powered bus during a tour of Tyseley Energy Park, after delivering his keynote speech outlining Labour's vision for 2022, on January 4, 2022 in Birmingham, England. Labour Leader Keir Starmer's keynote speech set out Labour's ambition for a new Britain in which
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Labour leader Keir Starmer had issued a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following the monarch's death at the age of 96. He is also expected to be part of the Sept 19 event. "As we mourn her loss we should also treasure her life. Our longest-serving and greatest-ever monarch... In crisis she reassured us," he had said in a video tribute.

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Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a news conference on a proposed second referendum on Scottish independence, at Bute House on June 14, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Russell Cheyne - Pool/Getty Images)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who recently joined King Charles III at a service of thanksgiving for the Queen in Scotland will also be in attendance. 

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Micheál Martin

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin waves to the gathered media after being elected Taoiseach at the Convention Centre on June 27, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Following coalition talks between members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party a programme for government, paving the way for a historic coalition has been agreed. Voters went to the polls in a general election in February but no party received a majority, Sinn Fein received the largest share of the vote. The Fianna Fail and Fianna Gael parties needed the support of the Green party to have a working majority in the Irish parliament. Micheal Martin will be Taoiseach for two years followed by Leo Varadkar who will then once again take up the role of Taoiseach.
Micheál Martin is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Taoiseach (Ireland Prime Minister) Micheál Martin has confirmed that he and President Michael D Higgins will be traveling to London to pay their respects to the Queen.

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Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission speaks during the World Leaders' Summit
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen who had tears in her eyes while expressing her admiration for the late Queen will also be attending the monarch's funeral. Leyen said the late Queen was 'a legend' in her eyes.

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and French President Emmanuel Macron are also expected to attend the event. USA Today reports that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be sending the country's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard to represent Mexico at the funeral. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finland's President Sauli Niinisto, Hungarian President Katalin Nova, Israeli Prime Minister Isaac Herzog, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesingh, Trinidad and Tobago President Paula-Mae Weekes, Alexander Van der Bellen, president of Austria; Mohammad Shtayyeh, prime minister of Palestine; and European Council President Charles Michel are some of the other leaders who have confirmed about their presence at the funeral. 

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not yet confirmed his travel plans and nor has there been any word from Chinese President Xi Jinping.

World leaders are expected to be bussed from a site in west London. King Charles III will host a reception for all the world leaders on the evening before the funeral services at Buckingham Palace and leaders of the state will be able to attend the lying-in-state of the queen’s body, and sign the condolence book at Lancaster House they pay tribute to the Queen. 

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