Biden arrives at Westminster Abbey for Queen’s funeral

London.- The President of the United States, Joe Biden, arrived at Westminster Abbey on Monday morning to take his reserved place during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Biden arrived along with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden. The US president is among the hundreds of heads of state and political leaders from around the world who attend the funeral in London.

Other guests began arriving at the venue hours earlier, starting at 8:00 local time. Dignitaries arrived later, with many heads of state gathered at a nearby hospital to be bussed to the abbey.

Westminster Abbey is where Elizabeth was married in 1947 and crowned in 1953.

This packed day of funeral events in London and Windsor began early when the doors to Westminster Hall, a 900-year-old hall, were closed to mourners after hundreds of thousands filed in front of the Queen’s coffin from 14th September. Many of them spent cold nights in the open to pay their respects before the queen’s coffin, in a moving display of national mourning.

The closing of the hall ended four full days in which the queen lay in her body and began the first British state funeral since the one held in 1965 for Winston Churchill, the first of the 15 Prime Ministers of Elizabeth’s reign.

Two days before her death on September 8 at her Balmoral summer residence, the queen appointed her latest Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

Monday was declared a national holiday in honor of Isabel, who died at the age of 96. Her funeral was to be broadcast live to some 200 countries and territories around the world, and shown on screens for crowds in British parks and public spaces.

Police from across the country would take part in the largest one-day police operation in London history.

The night before the funeral, King Carlos III thanked the people and said that he and his wife Camila, the Queen consort, were “hugely moved” by the large number of people who had turned out to say goodbye to the queen.

For the funeral, Elizabeth’s coffin will be carried from Westminster Hall across the street to Westminster Abbey on a royal carriage. The same carriage was used to carry the coffins of the late Kings Edward VII, George V and George VI, as well as Churchill’s.

The funeral will end with two minutes of silence followed by the national anthem and a piece of bagpipes, before the coffin is carried in procession, escorted by military units in full dress and their children walking behind, to the Wellington Arch near the Palace. from Buckingham.

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to Windsor Castle for burial.

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