These world leaders were not invited to the Queen's funeral

These world leaders were not invited to the Queen’s funeral

World leaders began arriving in London this weekend for the state funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.

President and First Lady Jill Biden were among hundreds of world leaders to greet her as she lay in state.

According to the BBC, Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska met the royal family as her country’s representative.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have also received controversial invitations, but neither is expected to attend, according to the BBC.

However, not all world leaders made the invite list. Leaders of these countries will not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Russia and Belarus

Earlier this year, Russia and Belarus were both sanctioned for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Britain has imposed sanctions on Russia as part of the West’s efforts to isolate Moscow and damage the country’s economy. Neighboring Belarus has also been targeted for actions by its leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, to promote Russia’s war on Ukraine.

According to Sky News, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman said it was “very immoral” that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not receive an invitation.

Syria and Venezuela

According to Reuters, Syria and Venezuela were not invited because they do not have full diplomatic relations with the UK.

Britain, which closed its embassy in Syria in 2011, was one of the first countries to recognize its opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

In 2019, Britain joined the United States in recognizing opposition figure Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s leader, refusing to recognize still-president Nicolas Maduro.


The Taliban have struggled to gain any international recognition since taking over last year and have accused the United States of being the “biggest obstacle” to its diplomatic legitimacy.

The British ambassador to the United Nations said last month that “the situation in Afghanistan remains dire” and that “the human rights situation is dire”.


Britain announced new sanctions on Myanmar earlier this year as part of a coordinated effort with the United States and Canada to punish the country’s military regime after it took power in a violent coup last year.

Ambassadors only: North Korea, Nicaragua and Iran

North Korea, Nicaragua and Iran are allowed to send ambassadors, but not their heads of state – meaning North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Iran’s Ibrahim Raisi are uninvited heads of state, according to the Telegraph .

Last year, Britain joined other Western powers in condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses and weapons of mass destruction program, calling the country “one of the most repressive and totalitarian regimes in the world”. In June, Britain criticized China and Russia for vetoing new UN sanctions on North Korea.

After Nicaragua’s election last year, the British government denounced the process as “neither free nor fair” and expressed concern about the “deterioration of politics and human rights” in the country. The government sanctioned some senior Nicaraguan politicians and officials after the election.

Britain reports a “significant Iranian population” within its borders and, like most Western nations, has long been wary of Iran’s nuclear actions. In June, Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations called Iran’s nuclear situation “a threat to international peace and security”.

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