Around 2,000 guests from all over the world, including heads of state, dignitaries and royals, have been invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, September 19 in London. Some Germans are also traveling to the big state funeral in the British capital to say goodbye to the monarch who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
From the political ranks, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be there, accompanied by his wife Elke Büdenbender. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will also pay her last respects to the Queen. It has not yet been confirmed whether Chancellor Olaf Scholz will also travel to London.
Philipp Fürst zu Hohenlohe Langenburg will also travel to London together with his wife Saskia. The new King Charles III. is his great uncle.
Another German aristocrat, Heinrich Donatus Landgraf von Hessen, will attend the funeral. He is a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and great-nephew of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Numerous heads of state and government have already traveled to the British capital over the weekend. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden landed at Stansted Airport around Saturday evening. On Sunday evening, King Charles III. and other members of the Royal Family welcomed around 500 heads of state and diplomats to a reception at Buckingham Palace. You can see pictures of the reception here.