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The rejected list for the Queen’s state funeral has grown again today, as it was revealed that official invitations will not be extended to Syria, Venezuela or Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
Syria’s autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, Venezuelan tyrant Nicolás Maduro and representatives of the Taliban have all been dropped from the exclusive guest list.
As the world mourns Her Majesty’s death at the age of 96, the world’s most powerful men and women will compete on Monday for seats amid limits on who can join the congregation of 2,000 VIPs.
500 world leaders, foreign dignitaries and heads of state, including Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, will attend the historic service honoring Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – the first full state funeral Britain has hosted since Winston Churchill died in 1965.
European royalty, who have deep ties to the House of Windsor, have all confirmed that they will attend, including Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.
The presence of Brazil’s right-wing populist president Jair Bolsonaro and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London could spark protests that would escalate if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also join Britain. invited.
Earlier this week, Vladimir Putin was again humiliated on the world stage when he was snubbed along with his ally, Belarusian Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Myanmar’s Min Aung Hlaing will also not be asked to attend as relations between the two countries remain frosty since the violent military coup of 2021.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not expected to make the trip, who took the time to stage his country’s fight against Putin’s forces to sign a register of condolences for the Queen.
Buckingham Palace had previously declined to comment on who is on the guest list and when it is expected to be completed.
Syria’s autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad was off the guest list for the queen’s state funeral
Venezuelan tyrant Nicolas Maduro will not be invited to attend the historic passing of the Second Elizabethan Era
Taliban’s Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada Also Removed From Exclusive Guest List For Queen’s State Funeral
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will also not be in attendance on Monday, as the hermit state has only received an ambassadorial invitation
The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar will not be invited to the Queen’s funeral, but a number of controversial figures, including Erdogan and Bolsonaro, are coming to London and other world leaders have yet to confirm, including President Xi
Representatives from the Commonwealth, of which the Queen was the head of state, are also expected to attend. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were all invited.
However, questions have clearly been raised within the walls of the palace about whether or not official niceties should be extended to pariah states and dictatorial regimes.
North Korea and Nicaragua will only be invited to Her Majesty’s state funeral at the ambassadorial level, and Iran will be in that category.
The octogenarian king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, will have received an invitation, but it is highly unlikely that he will attend due to his age and health.
His son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the country’s de facto leader who mingled with world leaders at the G20, could go to Britain in his place – a decision likely to spark protests.
MBS is accused of ordering murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. He vehemently denies the claims, recently saying that the journalist would not be among his top 1,000 targets to kill, “if we did things that way.”
But US intelligence agencies concluded in a declassified intelligence report that the Saudi crown prince had approved the 2018 assassination.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be in London
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to the funeral. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been invited, but likely won’t leave China for the first time in two years
King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain recently paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement. They also confirmed their presence at the Queen’s funeral
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, pictured shortly after his accession to the throne in November 2019 in Tokyo, may also attend
Her Majesty’s close friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, has yet to confirm whether he will attend.
All holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross can attend the Queen’s funeral, MailOnline has understood.
Invitations are sent to most countries with which the UK has diplomatic ties.
The UK has no diplomatic relations with Syria or Venezuela, while the political situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power a year ago means that no representative from Kabul has been invited.
While most countries can send their leader or appointed delegate plus a guest, the Commonwealth realms, which retain the monarch as head of state, get additional representation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – whose journey around the world will take nearly 24 hours – and her Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese, will be in attendance.
Australia and New Zealand are also offering to share flights so that the Pacific leaders can travel to London with Mr. Albanian and take 10 ‘regular Aussies’ on the plane to the UK.
The extraordinary scene as the procession leaves Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s home for most of her 96-year life
The Royal Family follows Her Majesty the Queen from Buckingham Palace as she is handed over to the nation
The Queen Consort Camilla and the Princess of Wales traveled in the first limousine behind the coffin
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, traveled to Westminster with Sophie, Countess of Wessex
The Life Guards march in front of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it is taken to the Palace Of Westminster
It comes as Her Majesty spent her last night in Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room last night before being transported by coach to Westminster Hall – where she will remain in state until 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, the day of her funeral.
More than half of the world’s population is expected to tune in next week to watch the final chapter of the Second Elizabethan Era come to a harrowing end as the Queen is laid to rest in Westminster Abbey.
Broadcasting experts have suggested as many as 4.1 billion viewers could watch the televised funeral — breaking the previous record of 3.5 billion reportedly watching boxing great Muhammad Ali open the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
More than a million visitors are expected to queue for up to 35 hours in central London to walk past her coffin – but experts think only 400,000 people will enter, meaning 600,000 people will be disappointed.
Mourners have also lined up to attend the rigged state, which opens at 5 p.m. tonight. According to government guidelines, the queue is expected to be very long, with people standing “many hours, possibly overnight”.
The queuing infrastructure for the Queen in state is 10 miles long, that’s for sure. This includes 11.9 miles from Victoria Tower Gardens to Southwark Park, with a further five miles within Southwark Park.