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Death of Queen Elizabeth II: the countries which will not be invited to the funeral of the Queen

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Russia, Belarus, Burma and North Korea were not invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II next Monday in the presence of more than 100 crowned heads, heads of state and other personalities.

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HASfter the Kremlin invades Ukraine, neither Belarus nor Russia will be invited, now one of the few nations to be excluded from the event. Burma, a former British colony, and North Korea, long kept away, were also ignored by the organizers, confirmed Tuesday a government source who requested anonymity.

The funeral of Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey next week is a major diplomatic event, between a major security challenge for law enforcement and protocols to be observed for Buckingham Palace and the British government.

A bus planned for the leaders

US President Joe Biden confirmed he would be there and secured permission to come in his own armored limo, nicknamed “the Beast”.

A document detailing the organization of the event that leaked to the press suggests that other leaders will have to take a bus to Westminster Abbey, but the organizers explained that the closest allies UK could use their own means of transport. Among them, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Japanese Emperor Naruhito, whose first official trip abroad since his accession to the throne in 2019.

A warm message from Vladimir Putin

It will be an “extremely busy day and we are confident that dignitaries from around the world making the trip will understand that this is a daunting challenge and an unusual situation,” a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Spain’s ex-King Juan Carlos I, who abdicated in 2014 and lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates, said he would attend the funeral with his son, the current King Felipe VI.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a very warm message on Thursday on the announcement of the sovereign’s death, declaring that she had “rightly enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority over the world stage”. Before quickly indicating that he would not go to the funeral. Both Russia and Belarus have embassies in London, but diplomatic relations have reached a point of no return since the start of the war in Ukraine, supported by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.