World leaders to attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

During her 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II met with presidents, prime ministers and princes. Many who hold those same positions now are heading to London to attend her funeral.

The Queen is lying in state at Westminster Hall. On Monday, sailors in the Royal Navy will pull a gun carriage carrying her coffin. King Charles and other members of the royal family will follow in a procession to Westminster Abbey. They will join hundreds of other guests in commemorations that have been in the planning for decades.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan will join royals from the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend. So have the leaders of Commonwealth nations, including Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and Justin Trudeau of Canada.

British officials say they are not expecting Chinese leader Xi Jinping to attend but, instead, his vice president, Wang Qishan.

They have not invited Russian President Vladimir Putin or the leaders of Belarus and Myanmar.

Thousands of people have joined lines stretching along the River Thames to pay their respects. Most know they will wait for hours, even through the night. But, as one said, the Queen "gave so much."