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Over 100 Heads Of State Expected To Attend Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral


More than 100 heads of state are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral

Hunters from the Queen’s Colored Rangers carry Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin (AFP)

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More than 100 kings, queens and heads of state are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral in London on Monday.

The UK has sent invitations to every country with which it has diplomatic relations, with the exception of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.

An unprecedented diplomatic and logistical operation is underway ahead of the funeral, which will see the largest such gathering in Britain since the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

World leaders will share a bus ride to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral will be held.

US President Joe Biden will be allowed to travel to the site by car.

Westminster Abbey, the historic church in central London, has a capacity of 2,000. It was here that the Queen married Prince Philip in 1947.

Ahead of the funeral, at Westminster Hall, the public will pay their last respects, where the Queen will die, from 14 to 19 September.

The event is becoming a logistical challenge for security officials, as thousands are expected to arrive in London on Monday to pay their last respects to their Queen in 70 years.

“The large numbers of people expected to gather will make it difficult for the police. Mobile networks may be disrupted by gatherings in certain areas of London. Protocols will be followed. with those paying their respects ahead of the funeral in the coming days, a long-awaited source in the Met police told NDTV.



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