Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral: High Profile Guests Confirm Attendance

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, will be one of the largest gatherings of European royalty and heads of state in the country since her coronation in 1953.

Around 500 dignitaries from around the world are reported to be among the nearly 2,500 guests capable of attending the large-scale state event in London's Westminster Abbey, on Monday, September 19, including presidents, prime ministers and crowned heads.

The 96-year-old monarch, who died on September 8, met with 15 British prime ministers and 14 U.S. presidents over her 70-year reign with her familial and political ties set to draw the eyes of the world onto London for the official funeral service.

Here, Newsweek lists a selection of the high-profile guests who have confirmed their attendance:

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Queen Elizabeth II, photographed in Scotland, June 28, 2022, and world leaders who will be attending the late monarch's state funeral on Monday September 19, 2022 in London. GETTY IMAGES/Jeff J Mitchell/Chip Somodevilla/Leon Neal/LUDOVIC MARIN/EuropaNewswire/Gado/Steffi Loos/ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP

World Leaders

Leaders from nations with which Britain has strong diplomatic relations have been invited to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and these include independent states as well as commonwealth realms:

  • Liz Truss, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Joe Biden, President of the United States of America
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of France
  • Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
  • Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
  • Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
  • Ignazio Cassis, President of Switzerland
  • Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece
  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
  • Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • Droupadi Murmu, President of India
  • Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa
  • Yoon Suk-yeol, President of South Korea
  • Isaac Herzog, President of Israel
  • Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of Palestine
  • Charles Michel, President of the European Council
  • Ursula von der Leyen, President of European Commission
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Queen Elizabeth II photographed with President Biden at Windsor Castle, June 13, 2021. The queen met 14 U.S. presidents during her 70 year reign. Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
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Queen Elizabeth II photographed with Commonwealth leaders at Buckingham Palace, April 19, 2018. As head of the commonwealth of nations, the queen formed relationships with world leaders across the globe. YUI MOK/AFP via Getty Images

Representatives of Royal Houses

Through the prolific matchmaking of Queen Victoria for her large family, most of the European royal houses share close common ancestors, making them a large extended family of cousins.

Representatives from all leading European royal houses (and several others from around the world) will attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral alongside their British relations.

There will be:

  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
  • Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
  • Juan Carlos I, ex-King of Spain, and Queen Sofia
  • Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  • King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
  • King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
  • Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene
  • Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
  • King Tupou VI of Tonga
  • King Jigme & Queen Jetsun of Bhutan
  • Ex-King Constantine of Greece and Queen Anne Marie
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
  • Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania and the Prince Consort
  • Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
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Queen Elizabeth II photographed with the heads of a number of the world's royal families, taken during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, May 18, 2012. Representatives from the world's monarchies have accepted invitations to attend Elizabeth's state funeral. John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Not On The Guestlist

The BBC reports that no representatives from Russia or Belarus have been invited to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The outlet also reports that Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan have also not been invited to send representatives because Britain does not maintain full diplomatic relations with these nations.