There is still uncertainty at D-1 over the names of the 2,000 people who will be on a smaller committee to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, then Windsor.
96 years of life, 70 years of reign and, of course, thousands of people to invite to the funeral: Queen Elizabeth II is not only a leading monarchical personality, she has shaped geopolitics for more than half a century, so that the whole world becomes aware of her attend funeral. There’s no definitive guest list yet, but here are the names circulating in the UK press this Sunday.
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Many presidents or heads of government are expected on Monday. First, the current President of the United States, Joe Biden, who has already arrived in London with his wife Jill. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte are also expected, as are a number of high-profile politicians including President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, Canadian Prime Minister Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian President Drupani Murmu, German President Frank-Walter Steinmer and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan – but not Chinese President Xi Jinping. The list here is not exhaustive… Among the notable absentees, Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis, but not for the same reasons. Nevertheless, the Russian President expressed his condolences to the English people on the death of Elizabeth II. Pope Francis, whose health is worrying, will be replaced by Vatican “foreign minister” Mgr Paul Gallagher.
Perhaps the longest list… Let’s start with the “story”. Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will attend the funeral. It is the couple’s first trip abroad and, above all, a “rarity” for the Chrysanthemum Throne – the previous imperial trip abroad for a funeral dates back to 1993, when Emperor Akihito attended the funeral of King Baudouin of Belgium in 1993. Also expected are King Felipe VI of Spain and his Queen Letizia, former King Juan Carlos and his wife Queen Sofia, Philippe and Mathilde of Belgium, Harald and Sonja of Norway, Carl XVI. Gustaf and Silvia from Sweden, William-Alexander and Maxima from the Netherlands, who are accompanied by Queen Beatrix, who abdicated in 2013.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will also be present. As a widow, she is “supervised” by her son Frederick. Albert II of Monaco and his wife Charlene are also expected. King Abdallah of Jordan will also be present, likely with his wife Rania, as will King Jigme of Bhutan and his wife Jetsu, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Prince Alexander of Serbia, King of Tonga Tupou VI and representatives of the Greek and Romanian families. Also invited were the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Maria-Teresa.
Many personalities are expected, but few names have caught on. David Beckham in London and Tilda Swinton in Edinburgh have already paid their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II. According to “Mirror”, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Olena, will be present. The Canadian actress of the series “Grey’s Anatomy”, Sandra Oh, is part of the Canadian delegation as well as the English director Sir David Attenborough, who introduced King Charles III. is close. Former British Prime Ministers are also expected, while the English press speaks of invitations to Donald Trump and Barack Obama without the answer being known.
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