The Biggest Names Who Didn’t Attend Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral


Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be one of the biggest gatherings of international leaders, although some key figures have been omitted from the list.

Guests include a range of world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, and members of other royal families from around the world.

The Queen died last Thursday after a 70-year reign over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Television analysts estimate a record 4.1 billion people will attend his funeral on Monday. The current world viewing record for an event was set in 1996 when 3.6 billion people watched Muhammad Ali light the Olympic torch in Atlanta.

It is estimated that around 2.5 billion people watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales 25 years ago.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II talks to staff during a visit to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down Science Park October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England. Many world leaders will not attend the Queen’s funeral.

The UK has not, however, issued invitations for the late Queen’s popular funeral to several world leaders, or their representatives.

Russian President Vladimir will not attend the state funeral after diplomatic relations between London and Moscow collapsed following the invasion of Ukraine.

Following the snub, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that participation was not on the agenda. He added: “No, we are not considering such an option.”

While Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be present, Vice President Wang Qishan will attend the funeral, a move criticized by several UK lawmakers.

In a letter, seven parliamentarians declare “it is extraordinary that the architects of [Uyghur] the genocide should be treated more favorably than the countries that were excluded from it.”

Representatives of countries under the control of dictatorial rulers such as Belarus, Myanmar, Syria and Venezuela were also not invited.

No invitation has been sent to Afghanistan, which is now controlled by the Taliban after the failed withdrawal from Kabul last year.

While North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not attend the funeral, an ambassador from the communist country has received an invitation.

The pope will not attend the funeral of the British monarch, who heads the Anglican Church, the Vatican announced on Friday.

“The Very Reverend Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, will represent Pope Francis at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a statement read instead.

Newsweek contacted the UK Foreign Office for comment.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II means that her son, King Charles III, is now the head of state of the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth countries, including Canada.

While the monarchy is hugely popular in the country, Charles was booed by anti-monarchists while touring the UK.

The small group of protesters held signs with slogans such as “abolish the monarchy”, “non-submissive citizen” and “democracy now”.



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