The US President has arrived in London for Elizabeth II’s funeral
US President Joe Biden arrived today at Stansted Airport near London to attend the funeral services of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
The president and his wife will pay their respects at the monarch’s remains on Sunday afternoon before attending the funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, along with many other world leaders.
Elizabeth II‘s state funeral is the first since the death of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965.
As well as Joe Biden, among the guests at the UK’s first national funeral in more than 50 years will be the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, and the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
The leaders of Russia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, and North Korea have not been invited.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected on the streets of London, and millions will follow the ceremony on television on a day that has been declared a public holiday in the UK.
Biden spoke on Wednesday by telephone with King Charles III and communicated to him his “desire to pursue a close relationship” with the new sovereign.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926, in London and became Queen of England in 1952 at the age of 25 after the sudden death of her father, George VI, who ascended the throne after the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, so he could marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
After Elizabeth II’s death, her 73-year-old firstborn son became king as Charles III.