Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died earlier this month and her eldest son Charles was declared the new king of the United Kingdom. The Queen’s final rites have now begun, with her funeral scheduled for September 19.
Many will return to the glory and legacy of Queen Elizabeth on Monday, with several prominent world leaders set to speak at her funeral. Many guests from political heads of state to prominent members of the royal family and dignitaries from around the world will fly to the UK to pay their last respects to the Queen.
The official guest list for the funeral has not yet been released, but several notable attendees such as US President Joe Biden and Indian President Droupadi Murmu have confirmed their presence during the Queen’s last trip.
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While the official guest list has yet to be released, the New York Post has shared the names of several countries that didn’t make the cut. Here is a list of countries that were not invited to the funeral of a former British monarch.
According to an online publication, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently wished King Charles III. However, the UK still rejected the country as they allegedly did not receive an invitation to the funeral
It is also interesting to note here that invitations were sent to North Korea, Iran and Nicaragua, but only to their deputy ambassadors and not to the head of state.
Rumours and media reports also suggested that former US President Donald Trump would also attend the Queen’s funeral. However, he quashed the reports and said that only the sitting US president and his wife would attend.
Over 750,000 people are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday. After the end of the mourning period for the Queen’s death, the official coronation ceremony of King Charles II will take place.