Biden and world leaders attend Queen Elizabeth II funeral

World leaders, dignitaries, politicians, public figures and European royals are among the 2,000 expected attendees.

service The Dean of Westminster at Westminster Abbey is being operated by the Rev. David Hoyle. Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, will read the text. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will deliver a sermon. At the end of the service, the last post will be heard before a two-minute silence is observed. The state funeral will be concluded by the Queen’s Piper, who will play a revel, the national anthem and a lament at noon (7 a.m.).
invitation Over the weekend the heads of state of the countries with which the United Kingdom has diplomatic relations were sent. The list of leaders attending the state funeral is long, and includes leaders from across the Commonwealth and around the world. Delegates from Syria, Russia, Belarus, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Venezuela will be absent. For most countries with invitations, attendance extends to a head of state and a guest.

Following Monday’s state funeral, the coffin will be carried from the hall to Wellington Arch before making the final journey from London to Windsor. The Queen’s visit will end at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle, where her coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault below the chapel.

Biden was one of the few world leaders to arrive in his own convoy to the Queen’s funeral on Monday, but for the past 10 days, his aides have worked behind the scenes to make sure he has as many There was a small footprint when he was buried. rest.

Biden in London: Queen Elizabeth II was 'decent, honorable and about service';

A person familiar with the plan said the White House was very conscious about Biden not traveling, reviewing protocol closely in recent days to avoid any missteps that could potentially end up Can be distracted by rituals. Biden traveled with a shorter staff than usual for an overseas trip, and his aides decided against scheduling an informal meeting with Truss while in London.

Instead, Biden’s schedule was only those planned in coordination with the palace, the person said.

Monday’s formal events are the culmination of nearly two weeks of public order, codenamed “Operation London Bridge”.

Planning for the Queen’s funeral has dragged on for years, giving US advisers more information about what will happen in the coming days as security arrangements are made. The White House said it had only received invitations for the President and First Lady to create a slimmed-down American footprint.

Security in the British Capital memory is at its highest as dozens of world leaders have convened over the weekend and on Monday to remember the late Queen, who met 13 Current US Presidents during his reign.
in one Interview With Sky News last week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the scale: “If you think about the London Marathon, Carnival, past royal weddings, the Olympics – it’s all in one.”
Jill Biden says she is overwhelmed with love and respect for Queen Elizabeth II in London
Biden is due to fly back to Washington on Monday afternoon after the funeral. During their brief visit to London, President and First Lady Jill Biden paid their respects Signed condolence books for the Queen as she lay in state and attended a reception with other leaders and King Charles III.

The funeral takes place the same week that world leaders are to convene for the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where Biden will hold his first bilateral meeting with Truss on Wednesday.

This story has been updated with additional development and reporting.

CNN’s Max Foster, Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Liane Colerin, Kevin Liptak and Caitlan Collins contributed to this report.

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