The leaders of Russia, Iran and Syria are reportedly on a short list of countries whose rulers were not invited to Saturday’s coronation ceremony for Britain’s King Charles III.
The rulers of Belarus, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Venezuela were also not invited, while invitations for North Korea and Nicaragua were conveyed to senior diplomats from those countries rather than the heads of state themselves, in a more minor snub, according to a Tuesday Reuters report.
A hundred heads of state are expected to attend, along with royalty ranging from Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino and his wife, Kiko, to Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
The US will keep alive its streak of a president never attending a British royal coronation, although first lady Jill Biden is set to attend.
Representing Israel at the ceremony will by President Isaac Herzog and his wife, Michal.
The pair will stay near Westminster Abbey so that they can walk to the ceremony without violating Shabbat, the President’s Residence said in a statement Tuesday.
The Herzogs will fly to London on Thursday evening, and on Friday will attend a reception hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in honor of all the heads of state and royals flying in for the occasion.
The Herzogs also represented Israel at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II last year.
Charles automatically ascended to the throne when Elizabeth died September 8, and he was officially proclaimed Britain’s monarch two days later in an ascension ceremony broadcast for the first time on television.