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See The World Leaders Who Attended & Those Not Invited To The Queen's Funeral

Published by Nairaland on Fri, 23 Sep 2022


<b>Kings and queens, presidents, prime ministers, celebrities and friends from across the globe were among the 2,000 guests at the Queen's funeral service at Westminster Abbey. </b><br><br><blockquote>Here's who was at the funeral<br><br><b>The Royal Family</b><br>Seated near the coffin were King Charles III and the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex.<br><br>In the row behind them were the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Lady Louise Windsor.<br><br>Seen in the third row behind them are Samuel Chatto, Arthur Chatto, Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto.<br><br>The Prince and Princess of Wales, and Prince George of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales were there.<br><br>Also there were Earl Spencer, Princess Diana's brother, who was the late Queen's godson; Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.<br><br><b>Current and former UK prime ministers</b><br>Current Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O'Leary were there, along with all of the UK's surviving prime ministers who were seated in the quire of the abbey.<br><br>Former prime ministers:<br>In the front row were Sarah Brown, Gordon Brown, Cherie Blair, Sir Tony Blair, Lady Norma Major and Sir John Major.<br><br>In the row behind was Carrie Johnson, Boris Johnson, Philip May, Theresa May, David Cameron, and Samantha Cameron.<br><br><b>Heads of foreign government</b><br>About 100 presidents and heads of government were thought to have been in the abbey.<br><br>US President Mr Biden and his wife Jill Biden sat next to an aisle, 14 rows from the front in the south transept of the abbey, behind the Polish president Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda.<br><br>The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, attended with his wife Brigitte.Mr Macron, who met the Queen three times, had said that she had been &quot;a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen, who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century&quot;.<br><br>Other foreign heads of government who were there included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.<br><br><b>Not invited</b><br>Representatives from Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan have not been invited, reports the BBC's James Landale. This is because the UK does not have full diplomatic relations with these countries.<br><br>No-one from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar has been invited either.<br><br>Diplomatic relations between the UK and Russia have all but collapsed since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was &quot;not considering&quot; attending the funeral.<br><br>The invasion was launched partially from the territory of Belarus. And the UK has significantly scaled back its diplomatic presence in Myanmar since a military coup last year.<br><br>North Korea (DPRK) and Nicaragua have been invited to send only ambassadors, not heads of state.<br></blockquote><a rel=ugc href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62890879">https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62890879</a>
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