Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is set to be one of the biggest security and logistical operations the United Kingdom has ever staged.
The guest list for the service, to be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 7.50pm AEST, includes about 500 foreign dignitaries.
It will be the first state funeral held in the UK since Winston Churchill’s in 1965.
Thousands of police officers from across the country will be redeployed to London to manage the crowds.
Who’s coming from Australia?
Prime Ministers Anthony Albanese and Governor-General David Hurley will officially represent Australia, as well as 10 “everyday” Australians selected to attend.
They include Australian of the Year Dylan AlcottSenior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey other Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumannand Local Hero of the Year Shanna Whan.
Horse trainers gai other Robbie Waterhouse will hitch a ride with the Prime Minister on his flight to London after receiving separate invitations but having difficulty booking commercial flights.
“As you can understand, it’s a bit full at the moment. So, yes, we extended an invitation,” Mr Albanese told ABC Radio Sydney.
Decorated was veteran Ben Roberts-Smithwho is currently suing The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times for defamation, is also attending the funeral after receiving an invite as a Victoria Cross recipient.
Which world leaders are attending?
Commonwealth leaders who will be in attendance include New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernCanadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauTrinidad and Tobago President Paula Mae Weekes and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have confirmed they will be in attendance, as well as European Council president Charles Michael.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeoBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh are also on the guest list.
They’ll join leaders from Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Hungary, Ireland and many other nations.
In addition to world leaders, senior UK politicians including Prime Ministers Liz Truss and former prime ministers are also set to attend.
Who definitely won’t be there?
The guest list has not, it appears, been put together completely free of political considerations.
Representatives from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar have reportedly not been invited to attend the funeral.
Nor have the leaders of Afghanistan, Syria and Venezuela, an official source told Reuters.
The same source said the UK was inviting a representative from North Korea.
However, the invitation would be at the ambassadorial level, meaning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not be attending.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida won’t be there either, with the nation’s two invitations accepted instead by Emperor Naruhito other Empress Masako.
What about fellow royals?
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be among the royal attendees, alongside Queen Margrethe II other Crown Prince Frederik.
King Willem Alexander other Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will be there to pay their respects.
Also in attendance will be King Philip other Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Carl XVI Gustav other Queen Sylvia of Sweden and King Harald V other Queen Sonja of Norway.
King Felipe VI other Queen Letizia of Spain will be there, as well as Spain’s former king Juan Carlos I and his wife Sofia.
How will they pay their respects?
Visiting global leaders will have the chance to attend the lying in state and sign a condolence book at Lancaster House after the funeral, according to a document quoted by news site Politico.
They will also be able to deliver a tribute of up to three minutes to the Queen, which will be recorded for the media.
King Charles III will reportedly host a reception at Buckingham Palace for the leaders on the eve of the funeral.
How will it all work logistically?
Travel plans will be different for each leader, according to a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister.
“Arrangements for different leaders will vary depending on things like security risks, so we are providing guidance and information through embassies,” the spokesman said.
This follows reports some world leaders were irritated after being told they should take commercial flights and would then be escorted to the funeral on buses.
They were advised they could not use their own cars or travel over London by helicopter, according to Politico.
However, a UK government source later confirmed to the news website that the travel protocol would not apply to certain leaders, such as US President Joe Biden, who is expected to arrive at the funeral in the President’s official armored limousine known as “The Beast” .