Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch, will be laid to rest today, September 19, 2022.
A total of 2,000 guests – including 500 dignitaries, foreign royals and leaders from around the world – are to attend the Queen’s funeral.
Of course, members of the Royal Family will be in attendance, which includes King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. The Queen’s other three children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will also be at the service with their respective spouses. The Prince and Princess of Wales and two of their three children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will also be in attendance, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will all walk in procession behind the Queen’s coffin into Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral service will take place.
Monday has been declared a bank holiday in the UK and almost every television channel will broadcast the funeral. Outdoor TV screens have been installed across streets for members of the public to view.
Draped in the Royal Standard, Her Majesty The Queen’s coffin is taken in Procession to Westminster Hall. pic.twitter.com/m19YFYQuWv
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 14, 2022
Many leaders from the Arab region will be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and his wife Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani; His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain; His Highness Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, the Sultan of Oman; His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al Ahmad A Jaber Al Sabah, the Crown Prince of Kuwait; and more.
Other royals from across the world are also attending the funeral. Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been confirmed as guests, while former monarchs Juan Carlos and Sofía have also been invited. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all confirmed their attendance. Other members of Europe’s royal families will also be at the service, including Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Greece.
As for world leaders, UK PM Liz Truss, and Labour party leader, Sir Keir Starmer will be at the Queen’s funeral, as will First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Irish premier, Michael Martin and US President Joe Biden will be present, along with the First Lady Jill Biden.
Leaders from across Europe will also be at the funeral service, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Finland’s President, Sauli Niinisto.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 18, 2022
Following the Queen’s death on September 8, 2022, the UK has been in a 10-day national mourning period, which will end today after Her Majesty’s funeral.
The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, a short distance away from Westminster Hall, where thousands are expected to attend, and then her coffin will be transferred to Windsor Castle for a more intimate service and where she will be privately buried alongside her husband Prince Philip.
The Queen’s coffin has been lying-in-state at Westminster Hall to allow members of the public to pay their respects, with the royal family standing vigil beside it.
This article was originally published on Gulf Business and has been repurposed here with permission.
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