With over 2000 seats at the Abbey, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral brought some prominent figures to the ceremony in the most viewed televised broadcast in the world and history.
Apart from the members of the royal family, the the funeral saw politicians, diplomats and even celebrities from across the globe.
Among them were Bear Grylls as well as Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, with the latter being a member of the Order of Canada. This meant she attended the funeral alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Grylls himself attended the funeral as a representative of The Scouts. He was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout of the UK and Over Seas Territories at the age of 35 in 2009.
In terms of world leaders, the current UK Prime Minister Liz Truss attended alongside surviving former UK Prime Ministers like Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron.
US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden were seated in the 14th row and reportedly arrived late. They were seated behind Polish president Andrzej Duda. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, was in attendance with his wife Brigitte. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended along with her respective delegation.
All the reigning monarchs of the world were invited to the funeral, including the Kings and Queens of The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Norway and Belgium. The Emperor and Empress of Japan also attended in their first International visit since ascending the throne 3 years ago.
Meanwhile, Russia, Afghanistan, Syria and Venezuela were among the six countries left off the 500-country-strong guest-list for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Russian president Vladimir Putin was not invited while Moscow continues to wage its bloody war in Ukraine. Aleksandr Lukashenko, who is tight with Putin and has strongly supported the war in Ukraine, was also not invited.
After not receiving to the Queen’s funeral, former US president Donald Trump was invited to a memorial service for the late monarch. However, Trump and all other living former US Presidents received invitations for a service which will be held on Wednesday September 21 at the Washington National Cathedral.