Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Latest news as the monarch is farewelled in Westminster

More than four billion people around the world are expected to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral as she is laid to rest after a service at Westminster Abbey.

Hundreds of foreign royals, world leaders and heads of state attending the funeral in London for one of the biggest diplomatic gatherings in decades.

Westminster Abbey has space for about 2,000 people.

Around 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries along with their partners are expected, according to BBC and Sky News reports.

Also attending Britain’s first state funeral for six decades will be the queen’s family members, courtiers, public figures and UK politicians.

Numerous leaders will come from countries where Queen Elizabeth was the head of state.

They include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.

Leaders will also come from other states in the 56-nation Commonwealth, of which Queen Elizabeth was the symbolic figurehead.

They include South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama.

Europe’s royal families are closely related after centuries of mingling their bloodlines, so it will be no surprise to see several monarchs from the continent.

King Harald V of Norway, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Philippe, King of the Belgians will all attend.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, who scrapped a series of events marking her 50th jubilee following the death of her third cousin, Queen Elizabeth, is also coming.

Spain’s King Felipe VI will be there with his wife Queen Letizia.

Our live stream begins at 6pm AEST as dignitaries arrive, before the Queen’s coffin is moved to the Abbey at 7.44pm AEST and the service begins at 8pm AEST.

Follow our updates below and watch the live stream above on Monday night.

Originally published as Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Latest news as the monarch is farewelled in Westminster


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