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Queen's funeral guests: Who will - and who won't - attend

By Amanda Caroline  •  September 15, 2022  •  12
Justin Trudeau and the Queen in 2018IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES

The Queen's funeral on Monday is set to be one of the biggest gatherings of royalty and politicians hosted in the UK for decades.

Invitations went out over the weekend, with some 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries expected to attend.

The majority of leaders have been asked to arrive on commercial flights and told they will be bussed en masse from a site in west London.

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey has a capacity for around 2,200 people.

Here's what we know so far about who will and won't be in attendance.

European royal families

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands alongside Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in 2018IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Members of royal families from across Europe, many of whom were blood relatives of the Queen, are expected.

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have confirmed they will be there, as have King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife, Queen Maxima, along with his mother, former Dutch queen Princess Beatrix.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have also accepted an invitation, as have the royal families of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Monaco.

US presidents

President Joe Biden seen signing a book of condolences to the Queen as First Lady Jill Biden stands behind himIMAGE SOURCE,EPA
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President Joe Biden will attend with First Lady Jill Biden

The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden will attend along with First Lady Jill Biden, although they are understood not to be travelling to the service by bus.

Much discussion had focused on whether President Biden would invite his predecessor, Donald Trump, to form part of the US delegation, but the limits to the delegation sizes mean former presidents will not necessarily be able to attend.

There has been speculation that some former president and first ladies - particularly the Obamas - might receive private invites.

Jimmy Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, has not received an invitation, his office told Politico.

Commonwealth leaders

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will represent New Zealand

Leaders from across the Commonwealth, of which the Queen served as head for the entirety of her reign, are expected to attend.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has accepted an invitation, as have New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

A number of governors-general who serve as the representative of the monarch in a Commonwealth realm are expected to attend with their countries' leaders.