US President Biden to depart for UK to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

17 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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First Lady Jill Biden and US President Joe Biden will travel to the UK on Friday (local time) to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s burial. On September 9, the latter passed away. The President and ...

First Lady Jill Biden and US President Joe Biden will travel to the UK on Friday (local time) to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s burial. On September 9, the latter passed away.


The President and First Lady will leave the White House in the morning and go to Joint Base Andrews to board a flight to London. According to a White House news statement, the departure from the South Lawn will be accessible to the media. On Saturday, the President and First Lady will honour Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. At the location, they will each affix their signatures to the Official Condolence Book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


They will also go to His Majesty King Charles III’s reception.

The announcement stated that Biden and Jill would attend the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19 before leaving for the US.


Prior to Monday’s state funeral, all heads of state travelling to London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral are welcome to attend the lying-in-state at Westminster Hall and sign a book of condolences at Lancaster House.


However, a Chinese government delegation has been denied permission by the House of Commons authorities to attend the queen’s lying-in-state in Westminster Hall, London, according to Politico, citing a senior parliamentary figure familiar with the situation. This has caused a new diplomatic rift with Beijing.

At her state funeral on Monday, people in the UK will be able to reflect on the great life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.


Many people, including dignitaries and political leaders from around the world as well as members of the royal family, will travel to the UK for the funeral.


The identities of a few nations that didn’t make the cut have been revealed by the New York Post, despite the fact that the official guest list has not yet been made public. Russia, Belarus, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela are among them.


The online newspaper claims that although Russian President Vladimir Putin recently wished King Charles III on his accession, the UK reportedly did not invite Russia to the funeral.

It’s also interesting to note that invitations were made to the heads of state of North Korea, Iran, and Nicaragua, but only to their ambassadorial representatives.


Another rumour that recently circulated claimed that former US President Donald Trump would also attend; however, the UK government has denied the claim, according to the New York Post, stressing that only the US President in office and his wife will be there.


Additionally, according to media sources, 750,000 people will attend the funeral.
The cost to increase security for the Queen’s burial on September 19 will exceed USD 7 million (about INR 59 crores).

The cost of safeguarding Queen Elizabeth’s burial is expected to exceed USD 7.5 million, making it the most costly single-day operation in UK history.


The British Mi5 and Mi6 intelligence agencies will collaborate with the Secret Service, London’s Metropolitan Police, and other law enforcement agencies to secure the unusual number of foreign leaders who are anticipated at the funeral on Monday.


According to Simon Morgan, a former Royal security officer, “This is the biggest policing operation that the United Kingdom policing has ever attempted.”

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