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Pope Francis misses Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

The Supreme Pontiff will be replaced by the Vatican’s foreign minister.

The Vatican said on Friday that Pope Francis will not attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday, the Vatican said.

According to a statement, the Supreme Pontiff will be replaced by the Vatican’s foreign minister.

The Pope sent a telegram to the new British sovereign, Charles III, in which he lamented the death of Elizabeth II and praised her “tireless service for good” and “example of devotion to duty.”

He also conveyed his best wishes to Elizabeth II’s eldest son and assured him that he was praying for him as he “now assumes his high responsibilities as King” under the name of Charles III.

Queen Elizabeth II died last Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after more than 70 years of the longest reign in UK history.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926, in London and became Queen of England in 1952 at the age of 25, following the death of her father, George VI, who became Queen when his brother abdicated.

After the monarch’s death, her first-born son took over as King Charles III at the age of 73.

Several European heads of government and state, as well as the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will attend the Queen’s funeral.

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