Dignitaries from around the world were among the approximately 2,000 guests at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.
Representing Greece was the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who also attended an official lunch held by the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom James Cleverly right after the service.
Ms Sakellaropoulou signed the condolence book in memory of the Queen while in London during the weekend.
On Sunday, she attended an official reception held by King Charles III in honour of invited state leaders and foreign dignitaries and she paid her respects to the late Queen on the final day of her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall..
“During her long tenure, Queen Elizabeth II served her country with exemplary devotion.
“She ensured the stability of the United Kingdom and cemented its relations with the Commonwealth and the rest of the world, becoming the benchmark for her country’s course from the Second World War to the present day. The feelings of love and respect, which we clearly see that are evident from the British people in the streets of London, will be with her forever,” the Greek president said.
The guestlist for the most visible funeral of our times featured kings and queens, heads of states, celebrities and friends, including royals from the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Norway and Belgium, the Emperor of Japan, the US President Joe Biden, the President of South Korea Yoon Suk-yeol and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiadis among others.
Equally notable were the absences.
Representatives from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar were skipped from the guestlist altogether, as were Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan, countries with which the UK does not have full diplomatic relations, while North Korea (DPRK) and Nicaragua were invited to send only ambassadors, and not heads of state.