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Who will be at the Queen’s funeral? From King Charles III to politicians and world leaders

As Britain grieves the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a host of world leaders, crowned heads and leading figures in Britain’s public life are set to attend her funeral next week.

Unlike the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021 – which was restricted to just 30 people – it is likely Westminster Abbey’s 2,000 capacity will be filled to honour Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The funeral congregation will be headed by the new King Charles III and Queen consort Camilla, while William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, will follow closely.

The Queen’s other three children, Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, and Princess Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will also be among the chief mourners.

It is expected all eight of the Queen’s grandchildren will be present, including Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her spouse Jack Brooksbank, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Queen’s nephew Lord Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto are also anticipated to be there.

 Princess Anne (right) and her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence stand solemnly as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, completes its journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen's funeral next Monday will be led By King Charles II as chief mourner (pictured with Queen consort Camilla)

The Queen’s funeral next Monday will be led By King Charles II as chief mourner (pictured with Queen consort Camilla)

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen's funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen’s funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss will attend the service, alongside a host of former Prime Ministers and the leader of the opposition Sir Keir Starmer

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss will attend the service, alongside a host of former Prime Ministers and the leader of the opposition Sir Keir Starmer

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen's funeral next week

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen’s funeral next week

The Queen's funeral service at Westminster Abbey (pictured) may well fill out the abbey's 2,000 capacity for 2,000 people

The Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey (pictured) may well fill out the abbey’s 2,000 capacity for 2,000 people

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will both be attending the Queen's funeral

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will both be attending the Queen’s funeral

James Viscount Severn, the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

James Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise Windsor (right), the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children, will both be going

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank

Princess Beatrice and her husband  Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (left) and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) will all be at the funeral

Peter Phillips

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Peter Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall (right) are expected to be attending the service

Daniel Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto

Daniel Chatto (left) and Lady Sarah Chatto (right) pictured at Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021

The Queen's cousin Princess Alexandra was one of the 30 members of the Royal Family who attended the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in 2020 and will likely attend the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey next Monday

The Queen’s cousin Princess Alexandra was one of the 30 members of the Royal Family who attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2020 and will likely attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey next Monday

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

Earl of Snowdon

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence (left) and the Earl of Snowdon (right)

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (left) and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (right)

Lady Pamela Hicks, 93, younger daughter of Lord Mountbatten, is also expected to attend the Queen's funeral

Lady Pamela Hicks, 93, younger daughter of Lord Mountbatten, is also expected to attend the Queen’s funeral 

The Queen with her lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey (pictured together in 2016) who she knew for over six decades

The Queen with her lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey (pictured together in 2016) who she knew for over six decades

The Queen's dresser, Angela Kelly,  who has been assured of a lifetime grace and favour home on the Windsor estate, is also expected to be there

 The Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly,  who has been assured of a lifetime grace and favour home on the Windsor estate, is also expected to be there

What will happen today after the Queen’s death? 

Here is the timeline of events that are expected to take place today following the Queen’s death.

Monday marks D-Day +3, or D+3, in the plans for the aftermath of the death, codenamed London Bridge.

This is due to the announcement taking place late on Thursday, meaning plans were shifted a day to allow the complex arrangements to be put in place.

– The King and The Queen Consort will travel to Westminster Hall where both Houses of Parliament will meet to express their condolences at the demise of The Queen. Charles will make his reply.

12.45pm: The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Edinburgh Airport.

Charles and Camilla will then travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Ceremony of the Keys will take place. The King will inspect the Guard of Honour before being welcomed to his ‘ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland’ by the Lord Provost, and symbolically receiving the keys of the city of Edinburgh.

2.35pm: Following the Ceremony of the Keys, the King will join the procession of the Queen’s coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral.

3pm: The King and the Queen Consort, accompanied by other royal family members, will attend a service of prayer and reflection for the life of the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral.

– The King will then receive the First Minister of Scotland, followed by the presiding officer, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

5.40pm: Charles and Camilla will receive a motion of condolence, tabled by the First Minister at the Scottish Parliament, and attend a reception.

The Royal Company of Archers, who are the King’s bodyguard for Scotland, will give a royal salute.

– The King, accompanied by members of the royal family, will then hold a vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral.

Each of the Queen’s paternal cousins will likely be there, including Prince Edward and his wife Katharine, Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Richard and his wife Birgitte, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. 

Lady Pamela Hicks, 93, daughter of Lord Mountbatten, and her niece Penelope Knatchbull, Countess of Burma, are highly likely to be in attendance, as are the Queen’s ladies in waiting Lady Susan Hussey, Dame Mary Morrison, Lady Elizabeth Leeming and Susan Rhodes. The Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly, who has been assured of a lifetime grace and favour home on the Windsor estate, will also be there.

Several German relatives of Prince Phillip, who attended his small funeral gathering in 2021, may also be present including Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden, Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, and Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

World leaders including US President Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden are among those confirmed to attend the Queen’s funeral next week.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has confirmed he will attend, as has Italian President Sergio Mattarella, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol.

The Foreign Office has advised world leaders to travel by commercial airline, and not by private jet or helicopter, in order not to overwhelm the runways of London’s airports.  

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss and leader of the opposition Keir Starmer will appear among the Queen’s mourners, and an invitation is likely to be extended to former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major.  

Among US guests, it has already been confirmed Donald Trump will not attend the service.

Throughout her life, the Queen maintained close relations with the other European crowned heads of state – many of whom were her second or third cousins through shared descent from Queen Victoria.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe’s longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee – will almost certainly be prominent among them, as will Spain’s King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia. 

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe's longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee - will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

 Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe’s longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee – will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

King Felipe VI of Spain has paid tribute to a 'dutiful' Queen in a letter of condolence to King Charles III (Pictured: Prince Philip, Queen Letizia, Queen Elizabeth II and King Felipe VI of Spain just before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in July 2017)

King Felipe VI of Spain has paid tribute to a ‘dutiful’ Queen in a letter of condolence to King Charles III (Pictured: Prince Philip, Queen Letizia, Queen Elizabeth II and King Felipe VI of Spain just before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in July 2017)

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen's funeral

 King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen’s funeral

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

King Philippe of Belgium and his wife Queen Mathilde are highly likely to attend the Queen's funeral next week

King Philippe of Belgium and his wife Queen Mathilde are highly likely to attend the Queen’s funeral next week

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

 Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend 

Monarchs likely to be in attendance at the Queen’s funeral include King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Other possible guests are Beatrix, former Queen of the Netherlands who abdicated in 2013, and the former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece – who was deposed in 1973.

Outside of Europe, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito may well travel to London alongside Empress Masako and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The funeral, and the surrounding events, are set to become one of the biggest events in Britain since the Olympics, with an estimated two million people flooding to central London every day.

It will also be a major diplomatic event, with scores of world leaders, many of whom developed strong relationships with the Queen over her long reign, attending the funeral.

They will be able to pay respects at her coffin, which will lie in state in Westminster Hall from Wednesday evening, and sign a book of condolences at Lancaster House.

King Charles III will also host a reception for overseas leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening.

After the funeral service the following day, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will host a reception for political leaders in Dean’s Yard, in the grounds of the abbey, after which they will return by coach to west London to collect their cars.

The vast influx has forced the Foreign Office to encourage leaders to use commercial flights, warning that Heathrow is ‘not available for private flight arrangements or aircraft parking’.

Those that insist on travelling by private jet should head for ‘less busy airports’ around London, it added.

Helicopter transfers between airports and venues have been banned ‘due to the number of flights operating at this time’.

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