Three Countries Have Been ‘Banned From Attending Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral’

Officials from Russia and Belarus are believed to have not received invites to Queen Elizabeth's funeral due to their involvement with the Ukraine war.
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Three countries have been ‘banned from attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral‘, according to PA

Officials from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar have reportedly not received an invite, while only Iranian ambassadors have been given permission to attend from the country, it has been reported.

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It’s believed the UK and its Western allies have sought to isolate Russia and its ally, Belarus, due to the Ukraine war.

Reportedly, Myanmar is due to its treatment of the people in the Rakhine state of the country, also known as the Rohingya people.

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It’s believed the nations that receive an invite are chosen through the advice of the government. This is due to the political implications at risk of inviting certain leaders and nations.

According to the BBC, around 500 royal dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral held in London.

So far, US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have confirmed their attendance.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand have also publically confirmed they will be at the funeral.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not be attending.

A nation’s representatives are usually made up of its political leader, head of state, a senior member of the government, or an ambassador to the UK.

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Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on September 14, where it will lay for members of the public to visit.

The Queen will lie there until the morning of the funeral, which has been declared a national bank holiday.

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