Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘uninvited’ to state reception at Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to have been uninvited to a state reception hosted by the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening. The couple received

an invitation to the grand event for world leaders and foreign royals earlier this week but are thought unlikely to attend after palace officials insisted it was for working

members of the Royal family only. It remained unclear on Friday night why they had received an invitation for an occasion that Royal aides insisted they were not expected to

attend. Sources close to them appeared baffled, while palace aides continued to insist that they were not invited and were not expected to show up. US President Joe

Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron will be among hundreds of heads of state who will be welcomed to London on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Presidents and

prime ministers from across the globe will arrive in the capital throughout the weekend alongside foreign royals, governors-general and ambassadors. As dusk falls on Sunday,

they will be driven into the gates of Buckingham Palace before rubbing shoulders in the picture gallery and state apartments. Despite the grandeur of their surroundings, the

reception will be a muted affair, with guests asked to wear lounge suits or morning dress, with no hats or decorations. Guests will be greeted by Royals including the Prince

and Princess of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Drinks and canapes will be served. Invitees include ambassadors from North Korea and Iran as

well as Empress Masako of Japan, who will accompany Emperor Naruhito, despite largely retreating from public view two decades ago.