Who is in attendance at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral service at Westminster Abbey?

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is being attended by around 2,000 guests from the UK and beyond

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey
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The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today sees 2,000 people from across the world join at Westminster Abbey to pay their respects to Britain's longest-serving monarch. International royals, world leaders, and high-profile celebrities are all at the historic service. 


Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral is being held today, Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey in London, eleven days after the 96-year-old monarch died peacefully at Balmoral Castle

Nearly 2,000 people are in attendance, with invited guests traveling from as far as New Zealand to honor the legacy of Britain's longest-serving sovereign and to pay their respects to the Royal Family. 

Members of the public also gathered on the streets to watch The Queen's coffin travel from Westminster Hall to Westminister Abbey, with accommodations made for large crowds to watch the historic event. 

The funeral commenced at 11am at Westminster Abbey, almost 12 hours after the miles-long queue to see the Queen's Lying-In-State was officially closed on Sunday night.

Which Royal Family members are attending the Queen's funeral? 

All four of Queen Elizabeth II's children, including King Charles III, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward, are attending their beloved mother's state funeral. Their respective spouses – Camilla, the Queen Consort, Sir Timothy Laurence, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are also present. 

King Charles III, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022.


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The Queen's second youngest son, Prince Andrew, is also in attendance with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. 

All of the Queen's grandchildren, including Prince William, Price Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn are also present.

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Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Lady Louise Windsor arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Queen's funeral 

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Prince William's wife, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are also present. Some of the Queen's 12 great-grandchildren, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are at the ceremony. However, it's understood that Prince Louis as well as the children of Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie are not.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children, Archie and Lilibet, are also not at the service. 

A number of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins, including the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester have joined the congregation. 

Which foreign Royals are attending the Queen's funeral? 

Several members of European, African, and Asian royalty were also invited to The Queen's funeral. 

It's understood that Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia, the Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark are in attendance, as well as Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. 

The King of Bhutan, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the Sultan of Brunei, and the King of Jordan also traveled to London to pay their respects to The Queen. Other international royals in attendance include the King of the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Crown Prince of Kuwait, the Salman of Saudi Arabia, the King of Tonga, and the Sultan of Oman. 

Which world leaders are at the Queen's funeral? 

As Britain's Head of State for over seven decades, the late Queen Elizabeth II met with hundreds of world leaders during her record-breaking reign. 

Her Majesty's state funeral sees the UK host one of the largest gatherings of foreign dignitaries of the century. Representatives from every G7 country have flown into London to pay their respects to the late monarch.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska are all present.

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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Queen's funeral 

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was received by the Queen at Balmoral just two days before the monarch passed away is also in attendance.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Ireland's Prime Minister, Taoiseach, Micheál Martin are also at the service, along with India's President, Droupadi Murmu, and the president of Kenya, William Ruto.

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Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives at Queen's funeral 

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Can the public attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral? 

Queen Elizabeth's state funeral is an invite-only event, meaning the public cannot join the 2,000-member congregation inside Westminster Abbey today. 

A small number of members of the public, however, are in attendance, with 183 people being selected as VIP guests in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their communities. All of these individuals have also already been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

Who is not attending Queen Elizabeth's funeral? 

A small number of nations have not been invited to send representation to the Queen's state funeral today. 

Russia was omitted from the guest list in light of President Putin's invasion of Ukraine, while Venezuela and Syria have not received an invitation due to a lack of diplomatic relations. Afghanistan has not been invited in light of its recent Taliban takeover, while North Korea, Nicaragua, and Iran were invited only at an ambassadorial level. 

Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

 

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.