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World dignitaries arrive in London ahead of Queen’s funeral

A guest list of 500 royals and foreign heads of government will gather in London on Monday ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

So far, world leaders have been spotted in London, including the US president Joe BidenCanadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanian and Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

Every country with diplomatic ties to the United Kingdom was invited to the Queen’s funeral, with some notable exceptions, such as Russia, Belarus and Myanmar, which were denied invitations due to human rights violations and the ongoing war in Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy won’t make it, his wife Olena Zelenska is expected to appear.

Although the government leaders of Iran, Nicaragua and North Korea were not invited, the ambassadors of the nations were and will be present.

“What I will take from this period is just the beauty of the audience response, the kindness you see from the audience members, the patience, the camaraderie, that has been the most moving tribute of all for me. , is the public response of the British people,” Prime Minister Ardern said.

Biden is expected to pay tribute at Westminster Hall on Sunday before attending an evening reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the new monarch, King Charles III. King Charles has a busy schedule on Sundays; the new king plans to meet the new UK prime minister Liz Truss at 12:15 PM (local time) for a meeting with Commonwealth leaders at 1:00 PM.

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BBC said the current wait to pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall is a whopping 13 hours, with a line spanning more than five miles. The state rendezvous ends Monday at 6.30am BST as the Queen’s coffin is to be transported to Westminster Abbey for burial.

A moment of silence will be held across the UK at 8pm local time. Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, after reigning for 70 years.


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