LONDON — Leaders and heads of state from throughout the globe have come collectively in central London to attend the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.
Round 500 overseas dignitaries had been attending the service at Westminster Abbey, together with President Joe Biden, kings and queens from throughout Europe, and leaders of Commonwealth nations.
The queen spent 4 days mendacity in state on the Palace of Westminster to permit members of the general public to pay their respects. Her coffin was moved to the abbey early Monday for the state funeral service, which is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. ET.
London’s Metropolitan Police service stated it was engaged in its largest policing operation ever.
Biden arrived individually from lots of the dignitaries, accompanied by first woman Jill Biden.
Members of royal households throughout Europe confirmed that they had been attending, together with Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and the earlier Spanish king and queen, Juan Carlos and Sofia. Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and her inheritor, Crown Prince Frederik, may even be attending.
Royal households from Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium have all confirmed that they are going to be touring to London for the funeral, in response to Reuters. Monarchs attending from outdoors Europe embrace Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
Among the many nationwide leaders in Europe who’ve confirmed their attendance is French President Emmanuel Macron. On Thursday, he wrote in a tweet that the hyperlink between France and the UK is “unbreakable.”
Different high-profile leaders from Europe who’re coming, as reported by Reuters, are German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Irish President Michael D. Higgins.
Senior officers from the Commonwealth have additionally confirmed that they’re attending, together with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian President Droupadi Murmu.
Chinese language Vice President Wang Qishan is predicted to attend the funeral, angering some British lawmakers who had been banned from touring to China final yr, after they criticized Beijing’s mistreatment of Muslim Uyghurs. China has denied any abuse of the Uyghurs. On Sunday, Home of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle stated Chinese language officers had been barred from visiting the Westminster Corridor for the queen’s mendacity in state.
Pope Francis has stated he won’t be current on the funeral service and can as a substitute ship a senior consultant from the Vatican.
Invites to the funeral had been despatched to heads of state of practically each nation on the earth besides Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.
Britain doesn’t have full diplomatic ties with Syria, Venezuela or Afghanistan, and relations with Russia and Belarus collapsed after Moscow invaded Ukraine in February. Russia’s navy has used Belarus as a base to launch assaults into Ukraine.
And the U.Ok. has decreased its diplomatic presence in Myanmar after a navy coup there final yr.