World leaders including US President Joe Biden, New Zealand's Prime Minister and Jacinda Ardern and Brazil's premier Jair Bolsonaro will be heading to London for the Queen's funeral next week to join the majority of Europe's royals and even Japan's emperor in mourning Her Majesty's passing.
The globe's most powerful men and women are scrambling for seats at Westminster Abbey on Monday amid limits on who can join the congregation of 2,000 honouring Britain's longest-reigning monarch, who died aged 96 last Thursday.
But Vladimir Putin has been snubbed along with his ally, Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko. Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar will also not be asked with no official stance yet on Syria's Bashar al-Assad or North Korea's Kim Jong-un - although they are highly unlikely to make the guest list. Iran's Ayatollah and President won't attend - but an ambassador will be invited.
It is not thought the trip will be made by Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky, who took time out from organising his country's fightback against Russian president Putin's forces to sign a book of condolence for the Queen.
Heads of state and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey. Leading figures in Britain's public life are set to attend her funeral next week, including Liz Truss and all her living predecessors.
More than 100 world leaders and heads of state are expected to be invited to the service - the first full State Funeral that Britain has hosted since Winston Churchill died in 1965.
But with so many people wanting to go, invites are limited to one per VIP plus their spouse if they have one, but there is an ongoing row after the Government urged them to fly commercially and pool jets to get to the UK. There is also upset that many will be asked to jump on shuttle buses to the abbey rather than use state limousines or carriages.
All of Europe's kings and queens, as well as minor royals from the continent related to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, will be there, including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Outside of Europe, Japan's Emperor Naruhito will travel to London alongside Empress Masako and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
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