Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and the Emperor of Japan Naruhito among world leaders at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral | UK News
World leaders including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined hundreds of other royals, heads of state and world leaders for the funeral of the queen.
Many arrived by bus, having been ferried there from a meeting point in Chelsea, with most waiting at Westminster Abbey for over an hour before the Queen’s coffin arrived, after he was carried there on a gun carriage from Westminster Hall.
Mr Biden arrived at the Abbey in his bombproof limousine, with his wife Jill, and they were received by the Dean of Westminster Abbey.
Mr Biden sat 14 rows back in the south transept behind the leader of Poland and ahead of the leader of the Czech Republic. The First Lady was seated next to the Swiss delegation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her counterparts from Canada Justin Trudeau and Australia Anthony Albanese were also seen watching the coffin being brought to Westminster Abbey at the start of the funeral. State, the first in the UK since 1965, when Winston Churchill was offered. honor.
Irish President Michael Higgins, EU Council President Charles Michel and Croatian President Moran Milanovic were also present, as well as Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal Herzog.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan was also seen at the abbey, serving as President Xi Jinping’s special representative, despite concerns over China’s treatment of the Uyghur people.
Mr. Biden did not stay long. At 1.30pm, with the Queen’s coffin still on its way to Windsor, it was announced that it had left London.
The positions in the congregation are as follows:
1. Anthony Albanese, Australian Prime Minister
2. Brigitte Macron, wife of Emmanuel Macron
3. Emmanuel Macron, President of France
4. Joe Biden, US President
5. Charles Michel, President of the Council of the EU
6. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
7. Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland
8. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
9. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Also in attendance were Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako – the first time the couple had left the country since the pandemic began. Traditionally, Japanese emperors avoid funerals, except for their own relatives, due to cultural beliefs in the Shinto religion that regard death as impure.
One of the first members of the royal family to arrive was Moroccan Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, who at the age of 19 represented his father, King Mohammed VI.
Many other European royal families were also present, with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden among those who joined the congregation.
Among those who attended, as seen in the photo above, were:
1. Margaret of Romania
2. Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
3. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece
4. Princess Charlene of Monaco
5. Prince Albert of Monaco
6. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
7. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
8. Queen Mathilde of Belgium
9. King Philippe of Belgium
10. King Harald of Norway
11. Queen Sonja of Norway
12. Sofia of Spain
13. Juan Carlos I of Spain
14. Queen Letizia of Spain
15. King Felipe of Spain
16. Beatrix of the Netherlands
17. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
18. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
19. Queen Silvia of Sweden
20. King Carl Gustaf of Sweden
21. Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark
how they all got there
The first foreign leaders had arrived in three coaches which stopped outside Westminster Abbey containing dozens of personalities from countries around the world.
As they descend and enter the abbey, a single bell rings every minute to mark 96 years of the Queen’s life.
Around the same time, a convoy of black Range Rovers, flanked by police, meandered through central London.
Mr Biden’s car was caught in traffic as the US President drove towards Westminster Abbey.
Footage shared on social media showed the armored vehicle, nicknamed the Beast, being held up outside a Pret a Manger restaurant near Marble Arch, around 2.5km (1.5 miles) from Westminster Abbey, shortly after 8 in the morning.
Many foreign dignitaries traveled to the abbey from the Royal Chelsea Hospital, where they had been meeting since around 7.30am.
The leaders present were among approximately 500 others from nearly 200 countries and territories.
They included nearly 100 presidents and heads of government and more than 20 members of the royal family, according to a Foreign and Commonwealth Office source.
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The only countries not invited were Russia, Belarus, Myanmar, Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan.
Iran, North Korea and Nicaragua were to be represented at ambassadorial level.
The funeral was broadcast live in more than 200 countries and is said to be among the most-watched events in television history.
The leaders were among 2,000 people gathered at Westminster Abbey to remember the Queen.
All of Britain’s living former prime ministers, including Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major, arrived together, shortly before current PM Liz Truss, who read a lesson.
Ms Truss, who was present with her husband Hugh O’Leary, met leaders including Mr Albanese and Ms Ardern at his temporary country residence in Chevening on Saturday and other leaders in Downing Street on Sunday.
Among the first notable faces to join the congregation were Michael and Carole Middleton, two of the grandparents of second in line to the throne, Prince George, as well as many government officials and other high profile politicians, such as the Labor leader Sir Keir. Starmer and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Before the arrival of the Royal Family, who followed the coffin as it was brought from Westminster Hall, there was silence in the Abbey save the distant sound of the tenor’s bell and footsteps guests still taking their places at the beginning of the service. was getting closer.
Large parts of Chelsea were shut down as world leaders arrived at the Royal Chelsea Hospital.
With few exceptions, heads of state, prime ministers and ambassadors arrived at the hospital where they gathered before heading to the abbey, together in coaches, under tight security.
Police closed access to roads surrounding the hospital, home of Chelsea pensioners, some of whom had to walk to Westminster.
Cyclists, joggers and dog walkers were turned away and redirected to Sloane Square by police offices from around 7.30am.
A series of cars with blacked-out windows and diplomatic license plates then arrived, accompanied by police escorts in SUVs, sweeping Lower Sloane Street to a checkpoint near Turk’s Row.
There was a clear order of attendees, with presidents and prime ministers arriving first, followed by foreign royalty and finally the group from China.
The first guests began arriving at the abbey shortly after 8 a.m., with the first entering through the east door.
Some dignitaries, including Presidents Macron and Biden, had already joined mourners to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall.
The operation to secure dignitaries and the hundreds of thousands of people in the capital to view the coffin is one of the largest security operations ever planned by the Metropolitan Police.
It tops the Platinum Jubilee weekend and London 2012 Olympics operation, which saw up to 10,000 police on duty each day.