Who will be attending the Queen's funeral ?

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo

The state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on 19 September.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected to travel to the capital from Wednesday to pay their respects to the late monarch as she lies-in-state for four days before her funeral on Monday.

Key figures including senior UK politician as well as heads of states from across the world will be invited to join members of the Royal Family at the televised event, which will include a procession through London where members of the public will able to pay tribute to the Queen.

Here's what you need to know:

When is the Queen's funeral?

The lying-in-state will end on the morning of Monday 19th September, and the Queen's coffin will be taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral service is expected to start at 11am. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is expected lead the service.

Following the funeral service, a walking procession will accompany Her Majesty's coffin to Wellington Arch, from where it will travel to St George's Chapel, her final resting place in Windsor. Another service will take place in the Chapel for family and guests

Who will attend the Queen's funeral ?

World leaders, monarchs from other countries and former prime ministers are expected to be among the 2,000 guests invited to attend the Queen's funeral service at the abbey, which is where Her Majesty's coronation took place in 1953 and where she married Prince Philip in 1947.

Although an official list has not yet been shared, both Prime Minister Liz Truss as well as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer are expected to be present for the service. Former prime ministers including Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major are also likely to be among those invited to pay their respects.

The White House confirmed that US President Joe Biden will attend the funeral service along with his wife, Dr Jill Biden.

Other key figures expected to be present include Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen among others

Member of royal families across Europe will also be in attendance including the King and Queen of Spain, the King and Queen of Belgium as we;; as the Prince and Princess of Monaco.

Of course, the Queen's own family members will also be at the funeral to pay their respects including King Charles III and the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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