Who attended the Queen’s funeral? World leaders, heads of state and royal family members on guest list

A number of key figures attended the Queen’s funeral

The state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II has taken place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September.

The funeral was attended by members of the royal family, heads of state and world leaders, and important public figures.

World leaders arrive for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeralWorld leaders arrive for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
World leaders arrive for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

But who exactly was on the guest list?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Who attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

A number of key figures attended the Queen’s funeral, including President of the United States, Joe Biden.

Mr Biden confirmed that he would be attending the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II after she died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle on 8 September. He arrived with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also attended the funeral and was due to meet with the King, Prince of Wales and Prime Minister beforehand.

Ms Ardern’s Canadian and Australian counterparts, Justin Trudeau and Anthony Albanese, were also in attendance.

French President Emmanuel Macron was also at the funeral after offering his country’s condolences in a call to the King.

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi did not come to the UK, with President Droupadi Murmu being dispatched instead.

Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro were among those who attended, along with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

King Felipe of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia are among the European royals who attended, with members of royal families from Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands travelling to London for the funeral.

Emperor Naruhito of Japan also travelled to London for what will be his first overseas trip since ascending the throne in 2019.

According to local media, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attended in place of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Chinese vice president Wang Qishan came to the funeral of the Queen as the special representative of President Xi Jinping.

Invitations to the Queen’s funeral were not sent to Russia or Belarus against the backdrop of the invasion of Ukraine, with Taliban-ruled Afghanistan also excluded, alongside Syria and Myanmar.

The UK’s new prime minister Liz Truss attended and also spoke at the event, while Labour party leader Keir Starmer also joined.

King Charles III, his wife Camilla - the now Queen Consort - Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex were also at the ceremony.

Prince William - the now Prince of Wales - and his wife, Princess of Wales Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Peter Philips, Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, were also present at the ceremony.

The Queen’s cousins are believed to have been there, including the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, as well as  her ladies-in-waiting and her closest staff.

Who attended Prince Philip’s funeral?

Prince Philip died on 9 April 2021 at the age of 99, with his funeral taking place when Covid restrictions were still in place in England.

This meant only 30 mourners were allowed to attend the ceremony, including the Queen and other members of the royal family.

But the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, which was held almost a full year later in March 2022, saw 1,800 guests attending the event at Westminster Abbey, including members of royal families from Spain, the Netherlands, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and Greece.