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Queen’s funeral: Three countries banned from attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Representatives from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar were barred from the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

Meanwhile, Iran will only occasionally be represented at the ambassadorial level.

The snub sticks two fingers to Vladimir Putin, whose troops recently lost 6,000 square kilometers of captured territory to heroic Ukrainian soldiers.

In Myanmar, ruling military leaders have been accused by the United Nations of “depraved” acts of violence against democratic opposition activists.

And in Iran, brutal Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei continues to have a bittersweet relationship with Britain.

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is expected to attract around 500 foreign dignitaries.

Most countries have their head of state and a guest.

Around the world, the late monarch was hailed as one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.

US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will attend, as well as the German and Italian Presidents, and the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers.

The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 11 a.m. (8 p.m. AEST).

The beautiful church can hold around 2,000 people.

After the ceremony, the coffin of the beloved Queen will travel in procession to Wellington’s Arch, where it will then be sent to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for an engagement service.

Before the funeral, the Queen will rest in state at Westminster Hall for four days.

Up to a million mourners are expected to march and lines could exceed 8 p.m., stretching three miles.

That’s five times the 200,000 people who paid tribute to the Queen Mother in 2002.

A total of three million people are expected to travel to the capital this week to pay their respects.

The route will wind through London and will be lined with additional portable toilets and water stations.

And doctors from nearby hospitals are on standby in case those queuing fall ill.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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