President Biden Arrives In London for Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

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President Biden will be joined at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, who reigned for 70 years, by heads of state from across the globe, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In Summary

• US President Joe Biden has arrived in London ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. On Monday, the Queen’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey.

• President Joe Biden is in London with other world leaders ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

• This will be Britain’s first state funeral since Winston Churchill’s death in 1965. It will be the largest police event ever held in London.

Joe Biden in London For The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, arrived at London Stanstead Airport late Saturday night. The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 11 a.m.

Biden was supposed to meet with Prime Minister Liz Truss today, but he has rescheduled the meeting for Wednesday.

The office of United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss announced on Saturday that she would meet with US President Joe Biden at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. They were supposed to meet at Downing Street on Sunday.

There was no explanation for the delay in the leaders’ first meeting since Truss became prime minister and won the Conservative leadership election. The United Kingdom stated it would be a “full bilateral meeting.”

The notable monarch’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 family members, heads of state, and European leaders. Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama are not on the list.

Controversy: Biden Administration Intel Report, MBS

That Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was invited to a funeral has sparked outrage.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist for the Washington Post, was assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Last year, the Biden administration released a declassified intelligence report that directly linked Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, to Khashoggi’s murder.

“The crown prince should not be allowed to be a part of this mourning and should not be allowed to stain her memory or use this time of mourning to seek legitimacy and normalization,” tweeted Hatice Cengiz, a human rights activist who was engaged to Khashoggi.

Biden is one of many world leaders in London ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday. On Sunday, Truss will still meet with Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

On Wednesday, Biden will address the United Nations, General Assembly. Because of the Queen’s funeral, his speech was delayed by a day. The day of the funeral is now a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

An Extraordinary Challenge To British Police.

The state funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday at 11:00 a.m., the first since Winston Churchill’s death in 1965. (1000 GMT).

Leaders from the European Union, France, Japan, and many other countries will be present. On the other hand, the leaders of Russia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, and North Korea were not invited.

According to the White House, Biden will attend a party hosted by King Charles III on Sunday. The two men spoke on Wednesday, and Biden promised to maintain their countries’ “special relationship.”

On Saturday, world leaders began gathering in London to prepare for the funeral on Monday.

Their presence and hundreds of thousands of other mourners worldwide make it difficult for British police to do their jobs.

The Metropolitan Police force in London announced on Friday that it would be the largest police event in the city’s history.

Over 2,000 police officers across the country have been called in to assist Scotland Yard.

Following the funeral, the royal hearse will transport the Queen’s body to Windsor Castle, west of London, for burial.

The Queen will then be buried alongside her late husband, Philip, her parents, and her younger sister. There will be no one else.

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