Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on Monday at Westminster Abbey with a host of world leaders, royalty and other dignitaries in attendance.

The event is set to be one of the biggest gatherings of royalty and world leaders ever hosted anywhere in the world.

Invitations were sent out over the weekend, with some 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries expected to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey which has a capacity for around 2,200 people.

They will join members of the Royal family, UK prime ministers past and present and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey.

A Whitehall source said: “This is the biggest international event we have hosted in decades.”

The source compared the logistical task to organising “hundreds of state visits within a matter of days” whereas normally, there might only be a handful a year. It therefore presents “a huge logistical, diplomatic and security challenge,” with practice runs taking place this week in the dead of night.

The Queen’s four children – King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – will be present at the funeral, as well as their respective spouses: Camilla, the Queen Consort; Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence. The Duke of York’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, is also expected to attend.

The late Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses will also be in attendance at the service – Prince William, Price Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Other Royals expected to attend the funeral ceremony include Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

The recently appointed prime minister, Liz Truss, will attend, as well as the Labour party leader, Sir Keir Starmer. Both the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Irish premier, Michael Martin, have also confirmed they will be travelling to London for the service too. 

Her Majesty’s ladies-in-waiting and footmen will also be in attendance to pay their respects and it is understood all holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross have also been invited.

From across the world the following royals and world leaders have also so far publicly confirmed their attendance:

ROYAL ATTENDEES

– Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan

– King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

– King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

– King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

– Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain, and his wife Sofia

– Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary

– King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

– King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

WORLD LEADERS

– Joe Biden and Jill Biden, President and first lady of the United States

– Droupadi Murmu, President of India

– Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria

– Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

– Anthony Albanese, Australian Prime Minister

– Gitanas Nauseda, President of Lithuania

– Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan President

– Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany

– Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korean President

– Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

– Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

– Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

– Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

– Charles Michel, President of the European Council

– Ursula von der Leyen, President of European Commission

– Egils Levits, President of Latvia

– Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago

– Mohammad Shtayyeh, Palestinian Prime Minister

– Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland

– Katalin Novak, Hungarian President

– Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

– Micheál Martin, Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland

– Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica

– Floyla Tzalam, Governor General of Belize

– Susan Dougan, Governor General of St Vincent and the Grenadines

– Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Countries not invited include: Russia, Myanmar, Belarus, Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan.

According to Palace sources the seating plan will be determined after the RSVP deadline today (Thursday). 

The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 1100hrs BST. 

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