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No representatives from Syria, Venezuela or Afghanistan have been invited to the Queen’s funeral next Monday.

However, ambassadors from North Korea and Nicaragua have been given an invitation, according to a Whitehall source.

Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Iran will also only be represented at an ambassadorial level.

It is thought invitations have not been extended to Russia or Belarus due to their roles in the invasion of Ukraine. 

Belarus has supported the invasion and carried out joint military drills with Russia.

Myanmar has faced its own Western sanctions after a coup removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government in February last year.

It has also maintained friendly relations with Russia, and the leader of Myanmar’s ruling generals has visited Moscow on numerous occasions since the war broke out.

Around 500 dignitaries from around the world will attend the Queen’s funeral. 

For most countries, the invitation extends to the head of state plus a guest.

Among those who have been invited to the funeral, however, is Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.

The president is considered an international pariah given his role in large-scale deforestation of the Amazon, which has been described as a “catastrophe” for the environment.

Commentators say he is keen to use his presence at the funeral as a means of boosting his image ahead of Brazil’s forthcoming presidential election, which he is expected to lose to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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