Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife will represent her country at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, according to a report.
Olena Zelenska is expected to join some 500 foreign heads of state and dignitaries in service at London’s Westminster Abbey, including President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macros and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the report said. The Sun.
President Zelensky, who has not left Ukraine since the start of the war with Russia on February 24, will not accompany his wife.
“Britain is one of Ukraine’s most loyal allies. (Zelenka’s) presence at the funeral is a sign of that friendship and mutual respect,” an unnamed source told The Sun.
Zelenska, 44, is expected to return home immediately after the funeral.
King Charles III will hold a reception for foreign dignitaries at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, the night before his mother’s state funeral. The event will be attended by the British political elite, including new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
It won’t be Zelenska’s first time at the monarch’s imposing London residence: in 2020, Ukraine’s president and first lady met with Prince William and his wife, Catherine, during an audience at Buckingham Palace during an official visit to two days to the UK.
Russia, its ally Belarus and Myanmar have not received invitations to the queen’s funeral, Whitehall sources said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov previously said that President Vladimir Putin will not attend the queen’s funeral.
Zelenska has made several trips out of Ukraine in recent months to rally support for her country’s war effort, including delivering an impassioned speech before the US Congress in July.
On Wednesday, Zelenska was the guest of honor of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as she gave a speech on the state of the union in Strasbourg.
Source : nypost.com