US President Biden will travel to London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II | world news

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will leave for the UK on Friday (local time) to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The latter breathed her last on September 9.

In the morning, the President and First Lady will leave the White House and reach Joint Base Andrews to depart for London. The South Lawn start will be open to the press, read a White House press release.

The president and first lady will pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday. Both will sign the official book of condolences for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on site.

They will also attend a reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles III.

Biden and Jill will attend the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19 and depart for the United States the same day, the statement said.

All heads of state visiting London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral have been invited to attend the burial ceremony at Westminster Hall ahead of Monday’s state funeral and sign a book of condolences at Lancaster House.

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However, opening a new diplomatic rift with Beijing, a Chinese government delegation was refused permission by House of Commons authorities to attend the Queen’s enthronement ceremony at Westminster Hall, London, Politico reported citing a senior parliamentary official familiar with the matter. .

Britons will relive the glorious life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday. For the funeral, many guests, from the countries’ political leaders to senior royals and dignitaries from around the world, will fly to the UK.

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Although the official guest list hasn’t been released yet, the New York Post shared the names of a few countries that didn’t make the cut. These are – Russia, Belarus, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria and Venezuela.

According to the online publication, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently wished King Charles III his accession, however, the country was still snubbed by the UK as they reportedly did not receive an invitation for the funeral.

It is also interesting to note here that North Korea, Iran and Nicaragua received invitations, but these were only sent to their ambassador representatives and not to the head of state.

Another piece of news that made the rounds recently was that former US President Donald Trump would also be in attendance. However, the British government, according to the New York Post, quashed the rumor that only the incumbent US president and his wife would attend.

The New York Post further reports that 750,000 people will attend the funeral. More than $7 million (about INR 59 crore) will be shelled out to bolster security for the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

Protecting Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will be the costliest one-day operation in UK history, costing more than $7.5million, according to the New York Post.

To secure the unprecedented number of foreign leaders, who are expected at funerals on Monday, Britain’s Mi5 and Mi6 intelligence agencies, London’s Metropolitan Police and the Secret Service will work together.

“This is the biggest police operation ever undertaken by British police,” the New York Post quoted Simon Morgan, a former Royal Security officer, as saying.

Kevin E. Boling