REPRESENTATIVES from Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan have been BANNED from attending the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.
Meanwhile, North Korea and Nicaragua have been invited only at ambassadorial level, Whitehall sources confirmed today.
Syria is led by the bloodthirsty dictator and pal of Putin, Bashar al-Assad, whose government is reported to have used chemical weapons against its own people.
In Afghanistan the ruling Taliban continue to oppress women and political opponents, while Venezuela is run by the repressive and authoritarian Nicolas Maduro regime.
Yesterday government sources confirmed that Russia, Belarus and Myanmar are also not welcome at Her Majesty’s funeral.
The snub sticks two fingers up to Mad Vlad Putin, whose troops recently lost 6,000 square kilometres of captured territory to heroic Ukrainian soldiers.
In Myanmar, the ruling military junta have been accused by the United Nations of “depraved” violence against democracy activists.
And in Iran the brutal Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei continues to have sour relations with Britain.
Its state-run TV this week compared the Queen to Adolf Hitler.
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Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is expected to draw in around 500 foreign dignitaries.
Across the globe the late monarch has been hailed as one of the greatest leaders of all time.
Most countries have their head of state and one guest invited.
But Aussie PM Anthony Albanese yesterday revealed he was also asked to bring ten who have made “extraordinary contributions to their communities”.
It is possible a handful of celebs will be there too, such as Sir David Attenborough.
Guests have also been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening, where they will meet King Charles.
The Foreign Office is reported to have switched an extra 300 staff to planning.
The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am.
The beautiful church can hold around 2,000 people.
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After the ceremony, the beloved Queen’s coffin will travel in Procession to Wellington Arch.
Then it will then be sent to St George’s chapel in Windsor castle for a Committal Service.
Before the funeral the Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall for four days, beginning at 5pm today.
Millions of mourners are expected to file past her coffin and queues could exceed 20 hours long, stretching 10 miles.
Overnight well-wishers began the long wait, battling rain and the cold to secure their spot.
People shared pizza, tea and memories of Her Majesty’s incredible 70 year reign.
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