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LONDON — Leaders and heads of state from around the world gathered in central London on Monday to attend the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

About 500 foreign dignitaries attended the service at Westminster Abbey, including President Joe Biden, kings and queens from across Europe and leaders of Commonwealth countries.

The Queen lay in state for four days at the Palace of Westminster to allow the public to pay their respects. Her coffin was moved to the abbey early Monday morning for the state funeral, which is scheduled for 6 a.m. ET.

London’s Metropolitan Police said it was conducting the largest police operation ever.

Biden arrived separately from many of the dignitaries, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden.

Members of royal families across Europe confirmed their attendance, including Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and the previous Spanish King and Queen, Juan Carlos and Sofia. Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and her heir, Crown Prince Frederik, will also be in attendance.

Royal households from Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium have all confirmed they will travel to London for the funeral, Reuters said. Monarchs who attended from outside Europe included the Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

Among the national leaders in Europe who have confirmed their presence is French President Emmanuel Macron. On Thursday he wrote in a tweet that the bond between France and the United Kingdom is “unbreakable”.

Image: FRANCE-EU-POLITICS
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death. Ludovic Marin / AFP – Getty Images

Other prominent leaders from Europe to come, as reported by Reuters, include German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

Senior Commonwealth officials have also confirmed they will attend, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian President Droupadi Murmu.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan is expected to attend the funeral, angering some British lawmakers who did banned from traveling to China last year, after criticizing Beijing’s mistreatment of Muslim Uyghurs. China has denied any abuse of the Uyghurs. On Sunday, the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle said Chinese officials are not allowed to visit Westminster Hall because the Queen is in state.

Pope Francis has said he will not attend the funeral and will instead send a high-ranking representative from the Vatican.

Invitations to the funeral were sent to heads of state of almost every country in the world except Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.

Britain does not have full diplomatic ties with Syria, Venezuela or Afghanistan, and relations with Russia and Belarus collapsed after Moscow invaded Ukraine in February. The Russian military has used Belarus as a base to carry out attacks on Ukraine.

And the UK has reduced its diplomatic presence in Myanmar after a military coup last year.


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