President Biden and his wife Jill Biden accepted the invitation to the event and arrived Sunday for the funeral, which will be a historic day of pomp and celebration. On Monday, the United Kingdom will remember its longest-reigning queen.
“The invitation was only for the president and the first lady” – quoted White House Press Secretary The Washington Post. Karen-Jean-Pierre did not dispel speculation about the invitation of former US presidents. “I will refer you to the UK and its government on this,” he said.
Elizabeth, who died at the age of 96, met all US presidents except Harry S Truman and Lyndon B Johnson beginning in 1951—a total of thirteen. With Biden last year Have tea.
The Queen’s meticulously designed state funeral will begin at 11am local time, noon CET.
The Royal Navy will transport his coffin in a procession from Westminster Hall to nearby Westminster Abbey. Young Elizabeth married here in 1947 and was crowned here in 1953, a year after she assumed the throne.
Foreign dignitaries were required to arrive a day in advance, with a small team, preferably on commercial flights, to avoid congestion at London’s private airports.
Do not use helicopters for transport – British media interpreted the protocol guidelines for the British Foreign Office. Guests are expected to attend a reception organized by the British government immediately after the funeral.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman did not comment on security measures. The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the leaked guidance documents to foreign invitees, only acknowledging that “the procedures for different leaders will be different.”
Ride the shared bus
The prestigious guests, expected to number around half a thousand, were also asked to ease congestion on London’s roads by sharing a bus to reach the historic abbey. Because of security concerns, an exception may be made for the US president, who is likely to travel in an armored presidential limousine called The Beast. The Monster Its frames are bullet-resistant, its heavy-duty chassis, its extended cabin has secure, encrypted communication technology and an ornate interior that can even accommodate foldable desks.
According to unconfirmed media reports, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, who rarely leaves his country, and Israeli President Isaac Herzog may be exempted, and allowed to drive their official cars.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed her attendance, telling local media: “You’ll see a fairly even distribution across the Commonwealth of Nations.” Other leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, are expected to attend the Queen’s farewell ceremony.
Hungary is represented by the President of the Republic, Catalin Novak and her husband Represent.
3 Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a telegram of condolences to King Charles, but it is not yet clear if he will attend the funeral. Countries that have strained diplomatic relations with the UK – including Myanmar and Belarus – are unlikely to be represented.
didn’t understand it Call Nor the presidents of Iran and Russia.
We do not consider such an option
– This is how a Kremlin spokesman responded to a question if Russian President Vladimir Putin would appear in London.
The funeral coincides with another global event, the kick-off of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which also begins on Monday and runs until September 27. His press secretary said Biden would “take part” in the General Assembly.
Millions are expected to travel to London to witness the historic farewell. Long queues and airport-like security checks await those who want to pay their last respects to the King.
Elizabeth’s mother’s farewell was also held in 2002 at Westminster Abbey, as it was Diana Princess in 1997.
The last ruler buried there, II. George was king in 1760.
After saying goodbye to London, Elizabeth will make her last trip to Windsor Castle, where her husband Prince Philip and her father, the Sixth Prince, will bury her in St George’s Chapel. Near King George.
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