October 7, 2022

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on the catafalque in Westminster Corridor, London, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022. (Jacob King/Pool through AP, File)

(The Hill) – World leaders started arriving in London this weekend to attend the state funeral service of the late Queen Elizabeth II Monday at Westminster Abbey in London. 

President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden had been amongst a whole lot of world leaders paying their respects to the monarch as she lies in state.

Ukrainian first girl Olena Zelenska met with the royal household as her nation’s consultant, the BBC stories.

Controversial invitations had been additionally prolonged to Chinese language President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, although the BBC stories neither is predicted to attend.

Nonetheless, not all world leaders made the invite record. Leaders of those nations is not going to be becoming a member of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service.

Russia and Belarus

Russia and Belarus had been each sanctioned earlier this yr in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The U.Okay. slapped sanctions on Russia as a part of efforts by the West to isolate Moscow and harm the nation’s financial system. Neighboring Belarus was additionally focused due to actions by its chief, President Alexander Lukashenko, to facilitate Russia’s battle on Ukraine.

A spokesperson for Russia’s international ministry referred to as the shortage of an invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin “profoundly immoral,” in response to the U.Okay.’s Sky Information.

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Syria and Venezuela

Syria and Venezuela didn’t obtain invitations as a result of they don’t have full diplomatic relations with the U.Okay., in response to Reuters. 

The UK closed its embassy in Syria in 2011 and was one of many first nations to acknowledge its opposition because the legit consultant of Syria’s individuals.

In 2019, the U.Okay. joined the U.S. in recognizing opposition determine Juan Guaidó because the chief of Venezuela, refusing to acknowledge President Nicolás Maduro, who stays in workplace.


The Taliban has struggled to achieve any worldwide recognition since its takeover final yr, blaming the U.S. for being the “largest hurdle” to diplomatic legitimacy.

The U.Okay. ambassador to the U.N. mentioned final month that, “The state of affairs in Afghanistan stays crucial” and that, “The human rights state of affairs is stark.”


The U.Okay. introduced new sanctions in opposition to Myanmar earlier this yr, a part of a coordinated motion with the U.S. and Canada to punish the nation’s army regime after it took energy in a violent coup final yr.

Ambassadors solely: North Korea, Nicaragua and Iran

North Korea, Nicaragua and Iran had been permitted to ship ambassadors, however not their heads of state, in response to the Telegraph — which means North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi are among the many uninvited heads of state.

The U.Okay. final yr joined with different Western powers to sentence North Korea for its human rights violations and weapons of mass destruction packages, calling the nation “one of the repressive and totalitarian regimes on this planet.” In June, the U.Okay. criticized China and Russia for vetoing new United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

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After final yr’s elections in Nicaragua, the U.Okay. authorities condemned the method as “neither free, nor truthful” and expressed concern for “the deterioration of political and human rights” within the nation. The federal government sanctioned a variety of high-ranking Nicaraguan politicians and officers following the election.

The U.Okay. stories having a “sizeable Iranian inhabitants” inside its borders and, together with a lot of the West, has lengthy been cautious of Iran’s nuclear operations. The British ambassador to the U.N. in June referred to as Iran’s nuclear state of affairs “a risk to worldwide peace and safety.”