This invitation privilege has been extended to all Commonwealth countries, while other countries are limited to just two guests, in addition to dignitaries.
Decorated military veteran Ben Roberts-Smith is one of the special guests to represent Australia at the funeral. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in combat as a corporal in the Australian SAS in Afghanistan in 2010.
The Australian delegation will also include Chris Waller, a horse trainer who looked after many of the Queen’s horses.
Australia has offered to help delegations from Commonwealth countries in the South Pacific fly to the UK for the funeral, including Samoa, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Trudeau has invited Leslie Arthur Palmer, a Coast Guard member who was awarded Canada’s Cross of Valor for rescuing two fishermen in 2004. Also in attendance will be Sandra Oh, the Killing Eve actress, who is part of Justin’s official delegation. Trudeau. She will take part in a procession of recipients of national awards, but is not expected to take a seat in Westminster Abbey.
Other recipients of the Order of Canada — the country’s second-highest civilian honor — including musician Gregory Charles and Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Tewksbury, will also attend.
Her Majesty relied on many close associates, such as her ladies-in-waiting and footmen, who will most likely also be present to pay their respects to the late Queen. A confirmed invite is Angela Kelly, the late Queen’s dresser and trusted confidante.
And alongside the visiting dignitaries, 183 members of the public will take their seats, chosen for their service to the community. This may be a grand state affair, but it is also the funeral of the people, reflecting the late monarch’s connection to her subjects.
Those audience members were all recognized on the Queen’s Birthday Honors List earlier this year.
The late Queen had indicated that honor winners from all over the UK should be included on the guest list, along with George Cross and Victoria Cross holders whose bravery she held in high esteem.
Among them Barbara Crellin, from Rutland, who received the MBE for setting up an emergency response program in her local community. Ms. Crellin, 71, also volunteers to encourage children to play sports.
“When they told me why they called, you could have kicked me down,” Ms Crellin said of her cabinet call last Saturday inviting her to attend the funeral.
Pranav Bhanot, 34, a lawyer and parish councilor honored for handing out food to housebound residents of Chigwell, Essex during the lockdown, said the invitation was “the last thing I expected”.
Robert Lodge, of Weeley Heath in Essex, is a veteran who has been honored for his work for the Red Cypher charity, which supports former and current members of the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.