Russian President Vladimir Putin is not invited to Queen's funeral
Leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar will not be invited to the Queen’s funeral, according to Whitehall sources, while Iran will only be represented at an ambassadorial level.
The snub to the regimes came as Whitehall revealed around 500 dignitaries from around the world will attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Some of the guests confirmed to be attending include US President Joe Biden as well as the prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
They will join members of the royal family and UK prime ministers past and present at Westminster Abbey in London, the historic church which can hold around 2,000 people.
“This is the biggest international event we have hosted in decades,” a Whitehall source said, according to PA news agency.
The source compared the logistical task to organising “hundreds of state visits” within a matter of days, whereas there might normally only be two or three a year.
For most countries, the invitation extends to the head of state plus a guest.
On Monday, Downing Street refused to comment on reports that world leaders visiting London for the Queen’s state funeral have been asked to travel on commercial flights and will be bussed to Westminster Abbey.
Mr Biden is understood to have been given dispensation to take the heavily armoured presidential car known as the Beast while other leaders will have to take the bus.