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Nearly 2,000 dignitaries, including kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, celebrities and friends from around the world, attended the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, which was held at Westminster Abbey in London.
The personalities who attended the funeral ceremonies in the church, and their seat:
the Royal family
Seated near the Queen’s coffin were King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, and the Queen’s three other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as Princess Anne’s husband and Prince Edward’s wife.
In the second row, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Beatrice and her husband Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi and Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward’s daughter, sit in the second row.
Seen in the third grade are Samuel and Arthur Chatto, grandsons of the late Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth, and their mother, Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret and her husband Daniel Chatto.
Also in attendance were the Prince and Princess of Wales, their son Prince George, and their daughter, Princess Charlotte.
Earl Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana and uncle of Princes William and Harry, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent were also seen.
heads andBritish ministers
The funeral was attended by British Prime Minister Liz Terrace and her husband, Hugh O’Leary, as well as all of the country’s former prime ministers who are still alive, who sat in the places usually reserved for chant-singers in the church.
In the front row sat Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, Sir Tony Blair and his wife Sherry, and Sir John Major and his wife Norma.
In the second row sat Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, Theresa May and her husband Philip, and David Cameron and his wife Samantha.
Royal families from all over the world
About 100 heads of state and government are believed to have attended the funeral at Westminster Abbey Church.
Among them are President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who sit behind Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser Duda.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte attended. Macron, who has met Queen Elizabeth II three times, had said she was “a friend of France, a queen with a tender heart”.
Other prime ministers who attended the funeral included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Brazilian President Jair Bolsinaro, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Other international leaders who accepted the invitation included Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin, Irish President Michael Higgins, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited – a decision criticized by some members of the House of Representatives and the Commons over the Chinese authorities’ treatment of the Uighur minority. According to parliamentary sources, Chinese officials have been prevented from taking a farewell look at the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall. A Chinese government Source confirmed Friday that Vice President Wang Qishan will attend the funeral.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and its de facto ruler, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was also invited, but he is not expected to attend, according to Reuters news agency reported on Sunday. If he did, it would be his first visit to the UK since the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Prince Mohammed has been accused of ordering Khashoggi’s murder, and Khadija Jenkins, who was engaged to Khashoggi, has stated that the prince should not be allowed to “pollute the memory of Khashoggi.” [الملكة] And exploiting this period of mourning to gain legitimacy and normalize relations.”
Sources from Whitehall have stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has long been subject to international sanctions over its nuclear program, will be represented only at the ambassadorial level.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the military ruler of Sudan, accepted the invitation despite concerns about his government’s human rights record.
They are not invited
Representatives from Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan were not invited, according to the BBC’s James Landall. The reason is that the UK does not have full diplomatic relations with those countries.
Nor were any officials from Russia, Belarus or Myanmar invited.
Relations between the UK and Russia have collapsed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was “not considering” attending the funeral.
It is noteworthy that the Russian invasion was launched partly from Belarus. The UK has significantly reduced its diplomatic presence in Myanmar since last year’s military coup.
The ambassadors of North Korea and Nicaragua were invited, but not addressed to their leaders.