The wife of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday. In a powerful symbol of the UK’s unity with the war-torn country, First Lady Olena Zelenska is among the 500 heads of state and dignitaries set to attend Westminster Abbey. Express: Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska to attend Queen’s funeral in powerful message to Putin
FULL STORY – On Monday, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine will send his wife to pay her respects during Queen Elizabeth II’s burial. First Lady Olena Zelenska will be among the 500 heads of state and dignitaries expected to attend the service at Westminster Abbey, a strong signal of the UK’s togetherness with the war-torn nation.
As far as we know, this will be Ms Zelenska’s second trip outside of Ukraine since Russia’s aggression in February. Although he was reportedly offered a seat, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko opted to stay at the front while his troops were still engaged in battle.
President Putin and Russia’s envoy were not invited to the burial, thus they will not be attending. It was reported by The Sun that a reliable source had stated: “Olena Zelenska’s presence is yet another sign of the global support for Ukraine while Russia is isolated.
“Britain is one of Ukraine’s staunchest allies.
“Her presence at the funeral is a sign of that friendship and mutual respect.”
Last month, after the invasion of Ukraine, Her Majesty sent an emotional letter of solidarity to the Ukrainian people. She expressed optimism for “better times in the future” for Ukraine in a message released on the 31st anniversary of the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.
She said this had been the “most challenging year” for Ukraine. Queen Elizabeth II said: “It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency and the people of Ukraine my warmest greetings on the celebration of your Independence Day.
“In this most challenging year, I hope that today will be a time for the Ukrainian people, both in Ukraine and around the world, to celebrate their culture, history and identity.
“May we look to better times in the future. Elizabeth R.”
Later on Sunday, Ms Zelenska will visit Buckingham Palace for a banquet for international officials.
It will be the first major event held in the Palace in more than three years, and the King and Queen Consort Camilla will be there to greet guests who have travelled to pay their respects. This summit will include more heads of state than any other in recent memory.
The King’s Spokesperson Said: “This is one of the last moments for Her Majesty the Queen as opposed to the first for His Majesty.”
After the funeral on Monday night, Ms Zelenska is anticipated to depart quickly and head back to Ukraine.