September 30, 2022
More than 100 heads of state expected to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

More than 100 heads of state expected to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Palbearers of the Queen’s Color Squadron carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II (AFP)


More than 100 kings, queens and heads of state are expected to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday.

Britain sent invitations to every country with which the nation has diplomatic relations, except Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.

An unprecedented military and diplomatic operation is underway in the lead-up to the funeral, which will be the largest such gathering in Britain since the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

World leaders will share a bus ride to Westminster Abbey, the site of the funeral.

US President Joe Biden will be allowed to drive to the venue by car.

Westminster Abbey, a historic church in the heart of London, has a seating capacity of 2,000 people. It was here that the Queen married Prince Philip in 1947.

Before the funeral, the public will be allowed to pay their last respects at Westminster Hall, where the Queen will lie-in-state from 14 to 19 September.

The event is becoming a daunting challenge for security officials, as thousands are expected to arrive in London by Monday to pay their last respects to their queen of the past 70 years.

“Large crowds are expected to gather, making it challenging for the police. In some parts of London, mobile networks may be disrupted in view of the crowd. Protocols will be followed. Respect ahead of the funeral in the coming days For the payers, a long wait time is anticipated,” a source in the weather police told NDTV.

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