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King Charles hosts ‘reception of the century’ at Buckingham Palace

Guests are arriving at Buckingham Palace for ‘the reception of the century’ as they pay their respects forward of the Queen’s funeral tomorrow in a single of the largest gatherings of world leaders seen lately. 

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have had US President Joe Biden, who arrived in a personal automobile, and President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse Brigitte, enter the palace this night for what shall be a glittering however somber occasion not seen since the dying of Queen Elizabeth II’s father George VI in 1952, greater than 70 years in the past. 

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was seen being dropped off from a coach together with the former King and Queen Consort of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, earlier than the British royal couple greets tons of of dignitaries, together with New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian premier Justin Trudeau. 

Senior members of the British royal household, ambassadors from nearly all nations, and overseas royals together with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and the Kings and Queens from Holland, Norway and Belgium are additionally arriving this night. 

Many dignitaries have already been viewing the Queen’s coffin in the historical coronary heart of Parliament after being given a VIP timeslot as odd mourners who’ve queued by way of the evening pay their respects with leaders of the free world. 

The Prime Minister Liz Truss and Government ministers together with Jacob Rees-Mogg and James Cleverly had been additionally noticed heading in the direction of tonight’s glittering state reception which is able to happen in the image gallery and state residences and have drinks and canapes. 

Many have additionally in contrast the state funeral of the Queen, which is able to see 1,000s world leaders attend, to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in 2013 in South Africa which needed to happen in a stadium on account of the big quantity of world mourners. 

US President Joe Biden (proper) accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden (center) are welcomed by Master of the Household Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt (left) as they arrive at Buckingham Palace for a State Reception in honour of the late Queen  

President Emmanuel Macron (right) and his wife Brigitte (left) arrive for the glittering state reception which will take place in the picture gallery and state apartments and include drinks and canapes

President Emmanuel Macron (proper) and his spouse Brigitte (left) arrive for the glittering state reception which is able to happen in the image gallery and state residences and embody drinks and canapes

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jorda

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan (left) is pictured popping out of a automobile on the steps of Buckingham Palace wearing a black as the Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan (proper) additionally makes his method up the steps 

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and her husband Heiko also arrive

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and her husband Heiko additionally arrive 

Queen Letizia of Spain joins her husband King Felipe VI as they arrive separately to former King and Queen Consort of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia

Queen Letizia of Spain joins her husband King Felipe VI as they arrive individually to former King and Queen Consort of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia

One of the first guests to be seen arriving at Buckingham Palace is the Irish President Michael D Higgins (bottom left)

Former King Juan Carlos is supported as he arrives at the palace

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins (on left) was dropped off from a coach with the former King and Queen Consort of Spain, Juan Carlos (proper, being supported) and Sofia 

Emperor Naruhito of Japan (on right) was spotted arriving at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening ahead of the 'reception of the century' hosted by King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla

Emperor Naruhito of Japan (on proper) was noticed arriving at Buckingham Palace on Sunday night forward of the ‘reception of the century’ hosted by King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, who was Elizabeth II's fourth cousin, and Queen Silvia head into the palace

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, who was Elizabeth II’s fourth cousin, and Queen Silvia head into the palace 

Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (back) arrives at the reception which will see 1,000s world leaders attend

Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (again) arrives at the reception which is able to see 1,000s world leaders attend

King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania arriving at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening as royals from around the world attend the 'reception of the century' hosted by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla

King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania arriving at Buckingham Palace on Sunday night as royals from round the world attend the ‘reception of the century’ hosted by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik, who only recently succeeded his cousin Qaboos bin Said to the throne in 2020 arrives on Sunday

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (left) and Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik (proper), who solely just lately succeeded his cousin Qaboos bin Said to the throne in 2020 arrive on Sunday

World leaders and heads of state arrive for a reception hosted by King Charles III for Heads of State and Official Overseas Guests, at Buckingham Palace in London

World leaders and heads of state arrive for a reception hosted by King Charles III for Heads of State and Official Overseas Guests, at Buckingham Palace in London

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left) arrives for a reception hosted by King Charles III

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left) arrives for a reception hosted by King Charles III

Kuwait Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has entered Buckingham Palace

Kuwait Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has entered Buckingham Palace 

British Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O'Leary arrive this evening at Buckingham Palace

British Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O’Leary arrive this night at Buckingham Palace 

Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, left, arrives at Buckingham Palace in London this evening

Britain’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, left, arrives at Buckingham Palace in London this night

Government ministers noticed making their wat to Buckingham Palace

 By Andrew Young for MailOnline 

Government ministers had been noticed heading in the direction of tonight’s glittering state reception at Buckingham Palace for overseas heads of state and dignitaries heading.

With most roads round the Palace being closed by police for safety causes, ministers walked to the venue or had been dropped off by automobiles at a safety cordon.

Government chiefs needed to flash passes and identification to safety employees manning safety limitations in order that they could possibly be allowed to slide by way of to the celebration.

Among the first to be seen was Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg who went just about unnoticed as he briskly marched by way of crowds in a single of his customary sensible darkish fits.

He was seen politely nodding to safety employees in hi-viz jackets who had a printed out web page displaying the footage and names of individuals they had been allowed to let by way of.

Witnesses additionally noticed deputy prime minister and new well being minister Therese Coffey making her method by way of the barrier.

One onlooker referenced the well-known image of Ms Coffey smoking a fats cigar with a drink stain down her dress at a celebration, saying: ‘I hope she is on her best behaviour.

‘I am sure smoking will not be allowed inside the Palace, so she will not have a chance to puff away.’

Other ministers noticed arriving at the cordon included Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan who flashed her passport image at officers to show her id.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan was additionally photographed as she bought out of an official black automobile.

Both girls had been sporting black outfits, offset by silver pendant necklaces, as they stepped out in Buckingham Gate, a brief distance from the Palace.

As ministers had been submitting by way of the safety limitations, odd members of the public had been heading the different method after being ushered away from the space outdoors the Palace.

Some complained that they’d not been capable of get anyplace close to the Palace and had spent hours slowly submitting by way of a route, by way of St James’ Park

 

Guests are requested to put on lounge fits and morning dress somewhat than ball robes and white tie as can be anticipated at a normal state occasion at the King’s London house. 

And experiences recommend that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been ‘uninvited’ to a state reception for world leaders and overseas royals this night. 

It is believed Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan Markle obtained an invite to the occasion, hosted by King Charles and the Queen Consort, earlier in the week.

But the couple are actually unlikely to attend after officers at Buckingham Palace insisted the reception was for working royals solely, it’s understood.

The confusion over Harry and Meghan’s invitation factors to points with communication between the Californian-based couple and the Royal Family, in keeping with the Daily Telegraph. It follows an obvious U-turn over Harry’s proper to put on army uniform regardless of being a non-working royal.

The Palace is known to have intervened to permit Harry to put on his regalia to a 15-minute vigil at Westminster Hall yesterday. Harry had beforehand mentioned he would put on a morning go well with to all the funeral occasions.

The funeral of the solely monarch most Britons have recognized entails the greatest safety operation London has ever seen.

Mayor Sadiq Khan says tomorrow’s state funeral is an ‘unprecedented’ safety problem, with tons of of hundreds of individuals packing central London and a funeral visitor listing of 500 emperors, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and different leaders from round the world.

‘It’s been many years since this many world leaders had been in a single place,’ Mr Khan mentioned. ‘This is unprecedented … in relation to the numerous issues that we’re juggling.’

‘There could possibly be dangerous individuals desirous to trigger injury to people or to some of our world leaders,’ he informed The Associated Press. ‘So we’re working extremely laborious – the police, the safety providers and lots of, many others – to verify this state funeral is as profitable as it may be.’

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy mentioned the ‘vastly advanced’ policing operation is the greatest in the London power’s historical past, surpassing the London 2012 Olympics.

‘Our response right here in London shall be proportionate, it is going to be balanced, and officers will solely be taking motion the place it’s completely crucial,’ he mentioned.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley mentioned the aim was to maintain the occasion protected, ‘and attempt to do it in as unobtrusive a method as doable, as a result of that is clearly a solemn event.’

More than 10,000 cops shall be on responsibility Monday, with London officers supplemented by reinforcements from all of Britain’s 43 police forces. Hundreds of volunteer marshals and members of the armed forces may also act as stewards alongside the processional route.

They are simply the most seen half of a safety operation that’s being run from a high-tech management middle close to Lambeth Bridge, not removed from Parliament.

Street drains and rubbish bins are being searched and sealed. Tomorrow there shall be police spotters on rooftops, sniffer canine on the streets, marine officers on the River Thames and mounted police on horseback. 

Flying drones over Central London has been quickly banned, and Heathrow Airport is grounding scores of flights in order that plane noise doesn’t disturb the funeral service.

US President Joe Biden (on right with his wife as he is greeted by the Master of the Household Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt at Buckingham Palace) has paid his respects to the late Queen at Westminster Hall today before recalling how the late monarch reminded him of his own mother

US President Joe Biden (on proper together with his spouse as he’s greeted by the Master of the Household Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt at Buckingham Palace) has paid his respects to the late Queen at Westminster Hall right this moment earlier than recalling how the late monarch reminded him of his personal mom

US President Joe Biden sits in his car

US President Joe Biden sits in his automobile “The Beast” because it passes by Buckingham Palace this night 

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (R) stands on the steps of 10 Downing Street joining in a National Moment of reflection to show her respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II at 8pm on Sunday

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss (R) stands on the steps of 10 Downing Street becoming a member of in a National Moment of reflection to indicate her respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II at 8pm on Sunday 

President Biden and First Lady Jill (both pictured as they arrive at Buckingham Palace) were seen standing on a VIP balcony looking down at the Queen 's coffin this afternoon which is under constant guard and draped in flags

President Biden and First Lady Jill (each pictured as they arrive at Buckingham Palace) had been seen standing on a VIP balcony trying down at the Queen ‘s coffin this afternoon which is beneath fixed guard and draped in flags

Culture secretary Michelle Donelan arrives at the Buckingham Palace reception

Business minister Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives at the Buckingham Palace reception

Culture secretary Michelle Donelan (left) and Jacob Rees-Mogg (proper) arrive at the Buckingham Palace reception

The heads of state arrive in Buckingham Palace by bus, to meet King Charles III, in London - the only world leader thought to arrive in another mode of the transport is the US President Joe Biden who was allowed to come in the presidential car - the Beast

The heads of state arrive in Buckingham Palace by bus, to fulfill King Charles III, in London – the solely world chief thought to reach in one other mode of the transport is the US President Joe Biden who was allowed to return in the presidential automobile – the Beast 

King Charles smiled as he was driven through the gates of Buckingham Palace

King Charles smiled as he was pushed by way of the gates of Buckingham Palace 

Queen Letizia of Spain paying her respects at Westminster Hall

Emperor Naruhito leaves Claridge's Hotel

Queen Letizia of Spain paying her respects at Westminster Hall (left). Right, Emperor Naruhito leaves Claridge’s Hotel

Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren (clockwise from front centre) the Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil

Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren (clockwise from entrance centre) the Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall maintain a vigil

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium pay their respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth, following her death, during her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall, earlier today

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium pay their respects to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, following her dying, throughout her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall, earlier right this moment  

King Charles III receives Prime Minister Liz Truss in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III receives Prime Minister Liz Truss in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace

Authorities face the problem of retaining 500 world leaders protected, with out ruffling too many diplomatic feathers. Presidents, prime ministers and royalty will collect offsite earlier than being taken by bus to the abbey – although an exception is being made for Mr Biden, who is anticipated to reach in his armored limousine, often called The Beast.

Another problem is the sheer dimension of the crowds anticipated to assemble round Westminster Abbey and alongside the route the coffin will journey after the funeral, previous Buckingham Palace to Hyde Park. From there it is going to be taken by hearse about 20 miles to Windsor, the place one other 2,000 cops shall be on responsibility.

The Queen is because of be interred in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle alongside her husband Prince Philip, who died final year aged 99.

The President of Armenia copped flak earlier right this moment for disrespecting the Queen as he took images and chatted to aides throughout a go to to see her lying-in-state in Westminster Hall.

Vahagn Khachaturyan, an ally of warmongering Russian president Vladimir Putin, was seen bowing at the late monarch’s coffin as one of his lackies snapped some footage on his cell phone.

After being taken by gun carriage from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, the State Hearse will carry the Queen's coffin west along the south edge of Hyde Park in central London, before passing through Queens Gate and heading down Cromwell Road. It will then head down Talgarth Road via the Hammersmith Flyover, Great West Road (A4) and Great South West Road (A30). It will continue on the A30 and will then take the A308 to make the final part of the journey to Shaw Farm Gate outside Windsor Castle, where it will be met by the procession that will take it up the Long Walk to St George's Chapel

After being taken by gun carriage from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, the State Hearse will carry the Queen’s coffin west alongside the south edge of Hyde Park in central London, earlier than passing by way of Queens Gate and heading down Cromwell Road. It will then head down Talgarth Road by way of the Hammersmith Flyover, Great West Road (A4) and Great South West Road (A30). It will proceed on the A30 and can then take the A308 to make the ultimate half of the journey to Shaw Farm Gate outdoors Windsor Castle, the place it is going to be met by the procession that may take it up the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel

Bystanders in the meantime claimed the Armenian chief was loudly rabbiting on to his entourage as they trundled alongside the VIP walkway and all the way down to the flooring the place Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is mendacity.

His actions flew in the face of strict guidelines in the 1,000-year-old chamber which forbid the taking of images or movies and name for quiet, respectful behaviour.

Khachaturyan was seen in June of this year sharing a heat embrace with Putin at a Russian financial convention whilst battle raged throughout the border in Ukraine.

One attendee at Westminster Hall informed The Sun: ‘There had been tons of of individuals in that corridor – nobody was talking. Only him. Yap, yap, yap, yap. He clearly deliberate to have his picture taken.

‘He and his aide maintain again as the group in entrance passes the coffin… He is aware of the guidelines and would have been informed earlier than he went in.’

Another offended supply mentioned: ‘Everyone has managed to observe these guidelines to the very letter – other than this one particular person.’

It is unclear whether or not Khachaturyan, who stays an in depth ally of the Kremlin regardless of the ongoing battle in Ukraine, will be part of different world leaders at the Queen’s funeral tomorrow.

The VIP time slots given to visiting heads of state and overseas dignitaries comes as tons of of hundreds of individuals queue spend hour after hour lining as much as see Her Majesty.

Since Wednesday many had patiently stood in line as they wait to pay their respects, with the queue snaking its method by way of central London for greater than 4 miles previous quite a few landmarks together with the Tate Modern, the London Eye and Tower Bridge.

Later right this moment officers will cease extra individuals from becoming a member of the queue as they appear to clear the line earlier than the Queen’s coffin is moved in tomorrow’s funeral procession to Westminster Abbey, the place her funeral is being held tomorrow morning.

Westminster Hall will shut at 8.30am, with the doorways of Westminster Abbey opening at 8am. The funeral service will start at 11am.

The service, which shall be proven stay on the BBC and ITV, in addition to 150 cinemas in the UK, is anticipated to be seen by as many as 4.1billion individuals worldwide.

After the service at Westminster Abbey the Queen’s coffin shall be moved to Windsor the place there shall be a committal service tomorrow night.

Joe Biden mourns the Queen: US President and First Lady Jill pay their respects to Her Majesty at Westminster Hall earlier than signing guide of condolence and saying monarch ‘reminded him of his personal mom’

By MATTHEW LODGE and DAVID AVERRE FOR MAILONLINE

US President Joe Biden has paid his respects to the late Queen at Westminster Hall right this moment earlier than recalling how the late monarch reminded him of his personal mom.

President Biden and First Lady Jill had been seen standing on a VIP balcony trying down at the Queen’s coffin this afternoon which is beneath fixed guard and draped in flags.

The American president touched his hand to his coronary heart and appeared to snap off a fast salute to the late monarch in a gesture of respect, earlier than persevering with on by way of the corridor.

He later travelled to Lancaster House the place he signed the guide of condolence, and informed reporters that he would bear in mind how the Queen handled everybody with ‘dignity’ and her 70 years of service. 

Biden’s go to got here moments after French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse Brigitte had been noticed making their method to the Palace of Westminster.

Mr Macron, who’s seldom seen out of his trademark blue go well with, was seen in a extra understated darkish navy jacket, charcoal gray trousers and black trainers alongside his spouse, who dressed similarly.

The pair donned sun shades as they strolled by way of central London, flanked by aides and safety guards. 

After paying their respects to the late monarch, Biden and Macron will be part of King Charles and scores of different world leaders and royals for a reception at Buckingham Palace, the place they may current the new king with a guide of footage celebrating the Queen’s visits to France.

Elizabeth’s physique has been mendacity in state at the historic Westminster Hall since Wednesday, and other people from all walks of life and from round the world have been submitting previous in a continuing, emotional stream, many queuing in a single day.

The American president touched his hand to his coronary heart and appeared to snap off a fast salute to the late monarch in a gesture of respect, earlier than persevering with on by way of the corridor

President Biden and First Lady Jill (right), along with US Ambassador Jane Hartley (left) were seen standing on a VIP balcony looking down at the Queen's coffin, which is under constant guard and draped in flags

President Biden and First Lady Jill (proper), together with US Ambassador Jane Hartley (left) had been seen standing on a VIP balcony trying down at the Queen’s coffin, which is beneath fixed guard and draped in flags

The President later travelled to Lancaster House, where he signed the book of condolence for Her Majesty, and told reporters fondly of how she reminded him of his mother

The President later travelled to Lancaster House, the place he signed the guide of condolence for Her Majesty, and informed reporters fondly of how she reminded him of his mom

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, mendacity in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London

Biden is seen top left looking down on the Queen's coffin, as members of the public pay their respects to Her Majesty from the floor of Westminster Hall

Biden is seen prime left trying down on the Queen’s coffin, as members of the public pay their respects to Her Majesty from the flooring of Westminster Hall

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives in London in presidential motorcade following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 18, 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives in London in presidential motorcade following the dying of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 18, 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron (C-L) and his wife Brigitte Macron (C-R) arrive at Westminster Hall to pay their respects to Britain's late Queen Elizabeth II in London, Britain, 18 September 2022. The queen's funeral will be held on 19 September, following four days of lying in state inside Westminster Hall

French President Emmanuel Macron (C-L) and his spouse Brigitte Macron (C-R) arrive at Westminster Hall to pay their respects to Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II in London, Britain, 18 September 2022. The queen’s funeral shall be held on 19 September, following 4 days of mendacity in state inside Westminster Hall

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and his wife Brigitte Macron (R) arrive at Westminster Hall to pay their respects to Britain's late Queen Elizabeth II

Mr Macron, who is seldom seen out of his trademark blue suit, was seen in a more understated dark navy jacket, grey trousers and trainers alongside his wife, who dressed in a similar fashion

Mr Macron, who’s seldom seen out of his trademark blue go well with, was seen in a extra understated darkish navy jacket, charcoal gray trousers and trainers alongside his spouse, who dressed similarly

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (pictured centre) was seen as part of his country's delegation at Westminster Hall this evening. President Xi Jinping was invited to attend but has not done so

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (pictured centre) was seen as half of his nation’s delegation at Westminster Hall this night. President Xi Jinping was invited to attend however has not carried out so

Royal guards stand by Queen Elizabeth II's flag-draped coffin lying in state on the catafalque at Westminster Hall on September 18, 2022 in London, England

Royal guards stand by Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin mendacity in state on the catafalque at Westminster Hall on September 18, 2022 in London, England

The Queen's coffin lies on a dias on the floor of Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster. It will remain in place until tomorrow morning, when it will be moved for her funeral at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s coffin lies on a dias on the flooring of Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster. It will stay in place till tomorrow morning, when it is going to be moved for her funeral at Westminster Abbey

The Macrons were seen donning sunglasses as they strolled through central London today, flanked by aides and security guards

The Macrons had been seen donning sun shades as they strolled by way of central London right this moment, flanked by aides and safety guards

Mr Biden had pulled as much as Westminster in his famed armoured limousine, a £1.3 million stretch Cadillac nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the place he was met by massive crowds of individuals who cheered his arrival and greeted by Black Rod Sarah Clarke.

The couple had been joined by the US ambassador to the UK, Jane Hartley, who bowed her head as she paid her respects to Her Majesty.

Later at Lancaster House he spoke warmly of the late monarch, saying: ‘To all the individuals of England, to al the individuals of the United Kingdom, our hearts exit to you are lucky to have had her [The Queen] for 70 years, all of us had been. The world was higher for her, all of us had been.’

He added the Queen had reminded him of his personal mom with ‘the method she touched when she leaned over, the method she had that look “Are you ok? Anything I can do for you? What do you need?”.

Wagging his finger he joked: ‘And additionally, “make sure you do what you’re supposed to do”.’

Mr Biden spoke warmly of the Queen and said she treated people with 'dignity', and that the world was lucky to have her 70-year reign. Here he is pictured with Her Majesty at Windsor Castle in June last year

Mr Biden spoke warmly of the Queen and mentioned she handled individuals with ‘dignity’, and that the world was fortunate to have her 70-year reign. Here he’s pictured with Her Majesty at Windsor Castle in June final year

The president was joined by his wife and the US Ambassador on the VIP balcony (pictured left) at Westminster Hall as he paid tribute to the late monarch

The president was joined by his spouse and the US Ambassador on the VIP balcony (pictured left) at Westminster Hall as he paid tribute to the late monarch

After attending Westminster Hall President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden (pictured) signed the book of condolence at Lancaster House

After attending Westminster Hall President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden (pictured) signed the guide of condolence at Lancaster House

Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, was pictured paying her respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall earlier today

Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, was pictured paying her respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall earlier right this moment

The president mentioned the Queen handled individuals with ‘dignity’, including: ‘I discuss my mom and father, [they] thought that everybody, regardless of who they had been, it doesn’t matter what their station, regardless of the place they’re from, deserved to be handled with dignity. 

‘And that is precisely what she [Her Majesty] communicated, simply the method she walked by her employees, simply the method she acted. And I feel what she gave is a way of, possibly above all, the notion of service. 

‘We all owe one thing, there’s one thing in our capability to do, that may make issues, not simply the world, however your neighbourhood higher, your family higher, your workplace higher. 

‘And that is what she communicated to me anyway and it was an honour to fulfill her.’

He made the remarks forward of a reception at Buckingham Palace being hosted by King Charles II and Queen Consort Camilla this night, with as much as 1,000  VIPs anticipated to attend.

Those anticipated to be there embody US President Joe Biden, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian premier Justin Trudeau, alongside European royalty and senior members of the British royal household,

Most are anticipated to view the Queen’s coffin, which is able to lie in state till tomorrow morning, in the historical coronary heart of Parliament right this moment after being given a VIP timeslot.

Among these pictured at Westminster Hall right this moment embody President Emmanuel Macron of France and First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska.

But the listing of dignitaries additionally features a string of controversial strongmen, together with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was filmed right this moment giving a thunderous speech from the home windows of the Brazilian Embassy in London to a cheering crowd waving the nationwide flag.

And right this moment the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia confirmed that Mohammed Bin Salman, recognized by the abbreviation MBS, had been invited to attend the funeral. 

He is ready to carry talks with British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday night, however his presence at the Queen’s funeral tomorrow sparked outrage after Saudi brokers brutally murdered and dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

China has additionally introduced it can ship its vice-president, Wang Qishan, to the funeral. He was pictured attending Westminster Hall this night as half of the Chinese delegation, amid criticism from some MPs that an invite was prolonged to the authoritarian nation.

Due to strained ties, the UK opted to ask ambassadors, not heads of state, from Iran, Nicaragua and North Korea. Meanwhile, Russia and Belarus are amongst a small group of nations excluded altogether following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. 

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro were among the world leaders to pay their respects inside Westminster Hall

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and his spouse Michelle Bolsonaro had been amongst the world leaders to pay their respects inside Westminster Hall

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in the UK yesterday and were pictured above getting off a plane at London Stansted Airport yesterday

President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden arrived in the UK yesterday and had been pictured above getting off a aircraft at London Stansted Airport yesterday

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's presence at the Queen's funeral tomorrow has sparked outrage amid his nation's poor human rights record

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s presence at the Queen’s funeral tomorrow has sparked outrage amid his nation’s poor human rights document

The President of Armenia copped flak earlier right this moment for disrespecting the Queen as he took images and chatted to aides throughout a go to to see her lying-in-state in Westminster Hall.

Vahagn Khachaturyan, an ally of warmongering Russian president Vladimir Putin, was seen bowing at the late monarch’s coffin as one of his lackies snapped some footage on his cell phone.

Bystanders in the meantime claimed the Armenian chief was loudly rabbiting on to his entourage as they trundled alongside the VIP walkway and all the way down to the flooring the place Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is mendacity. 

His actions flew in the face of strict guidelines in the 1,000-year-old chamber which forbid the taking of images or movies and name for quiet, respectful behaviour. 

Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan is snapped by a member of his entourage as he stands at the foot of the Queen's coffin

Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan is snapped by a member of his entourage as he stands at the foot of the Queen’s coffin

Members of the public pay their respects as they pass the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, Lying in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 2022

Members of the public pay their respects as they cross the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, Lying in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 2022

President of Armenia Vahagn Khachaturyan (left) is seen embracing President of Russia Vladimir Putin in June. His behaviour in Westminster Hall today was criticised by some bystanders

President of Armenia Vahagn Khachaturyan (left) is seen embracing President of Russia Vladimir Putin in June. His behaviour in Westminster Hall right this moment was criticised by some bystanders 

Khachaturyan was seen in June of this year sharing a heat embrace with Putin at a Russian financial convention whilst battle raged throughout the border in Ukraine.

One attendee at Westminster Hall informed The Sun: ‘There had been tons of of individuals in that corridor – nobody was talking. Only him. Yap, yap, yap, yap. He clearly deliberate to have his picture taken.

‘He and his aide maintain again as the group in entrance passes the coffin… He is aware of the guidelines and would have been informed earlier than he went in.’

Another offended supply mentioned: ‘Everyone has managed to observe these guidelines to the very letter – other than this one particular person.’

It is unclear whether or not Khachaturyan, who stays an in depth ally of the Kremlin regardless of the ongoing battle in Ukraine, will be part of different world leaders at the Queen’s funeral tomorrow.

The VIP time slots given to visiting heads of state and overseas dignitaries comes as tons of of hundreds of individuals queue spend hour after hour lining as much as see Her Majesty. 

Since Wednesday many had patiently stood in line as they wait to pay their respects, with the queue snaking its method by way of central London for greater than 4 miles previous quite a few landmarks together with the Tate Modern, the London Eye and Tower Bridge. 

Later right this moment officers will cease extra individuals from becoming a member of the queue as they appear to clear the line earlier than the Queen’s coffin is moved in tomorrow’s funeral procession to Westminster Abbey, the place her funeral is being held tomorrow morning.

MBS will NOT go to Queen’s funeral: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is not anticipated to go to service with different world leaders amid backlash at UK go to

By HANNAH MCDONALD FOR MAILONLINE 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is not anticipated to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday, amid backlash at his go to to the UK. 

Prince Turki bin Mohammed al Saud will symbolize Saudi Arabia as an alternative, a British overseas office supply mentioned on Sunday. 

The supply mentioned the change had been made by Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.

This comes after Human Rights teams criticised the determination to ask the Crown Prince – who has been accused by Western intelligence of ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – to the funeral.

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Mr Khashoggi, had additionally condemned the controversial invitation.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn’t anticipated to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, opposite to Britain’s earlier expectations that he would 

She mentioned his presence at Her Majesty’s state funeral would ‘stain her reminiscence’ – a sentiment echoed by activists who say permitting Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, often called MBS, to attend is making an attempt to ‘whitewash’ his human rights document.

The Prince ‘authorised’ the homicide and dismemberment of Mr Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018, a declassified CIA report alleged. He vehemently denies the claims and mentioned just lately that that the journalist wouldn’t be amongst his prime 1,000 targets to kill, ‘if that was how we did issues’.

MBS is one of the greater than 500 overseas dignitaries and heads of state invited to mourn Queen Elizabeth II throughout the service at Westminster Abbey on Monday. A cast of controversial statesmen had been invited to the affair together with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia confirmed on Saturday that MBS was travelling to London however didn’t disclose the particulars of his go to. 

This comes after Human Rights groups criticised the decision to invite the Crown Prince - who has been accused by Western intelligence of ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - to the funeral

This comes after Human Rights teams criticised the determination to ask the Crown Prince – who has been accused by Western intelligence of ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – to the funeral 

Approximately 2,000 persons are anticipated to attend the Queen’s service on Monday, together with world leaders, VIPS and members of different royal households. The televised funeral is anticipated to be watched by 4.1 billion individuals and analysts predict 2 million others will flock to the capital for the occasion.

Ms Cengiz criticised the Saudi’s ruler’s invitation to the funeral, arguing he was utilizing a time of mourning to ‘search legitimacy and normalisation.’

‘The Queen’s passing is a really unhappy event,’ she informed The Guardian. ‘The crown prince shouldn’t be allowed to be half of this mourning and never be allowed to stain her reminiscence and use this time mourning to hunt legitimacy and normalisation.’

Her claims had been echoed by advocacy teams throughout the UK who allege Her Majesty’s dying isn’t the time for ‘authoritarian dictators’ to attempt to ‘rehabilitate’ their picture.

‘The UK merely shouldn’t be welcoming dictators from states famend for his or her atrocious human rights information,’ Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, mentioned.

‘Although the leaders of Russia and Syria have rightly not obtained invites to attend the Queen’s funeral, it sends a transparent double normal to then welcome infamous Gulf despots resembling King Hamad and Mohammed bin Salman, who proceed to preside over appalling violations in opposition to those that dare to talk out in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.’

Hatice Cengiz (right) criticised the Saudi's ruler's invitation to the funeral, arguing he was using a time of mourning to 'seek legitimacy and normalisation.' She is pictured with her fiance Jamal Khashoggi (left)

Hatice Cengiz (proper) criticised the Saudi’s ruler’s invitation to the funeral, arguing he was utilizing a time of mourning to ‘search legitimacy and normalisation.’ She is pictured together with her fiance Jamal Khashoggi (left)

Prince Turki bin Mohammed al Saud will represent Saudi Arabia instead, a British foreign office source said on Sunday

Prince Turki bin Mohammed al Saud will symbolize Saudi Arabia as an alternative, a British overseas office supply mentioned on Sunday

Activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the UK-based director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, reiterated his colleagues claims, saying: ‘Authoritarian dictators shouldn’t use the Queen’s dying as a chance to attempt to rehabilitate their picture whereas they escalate repressive campaigns of their nations.’

Similarly, UK-based Campaign Against the Arms Trade slammed Saudi Arabia and different Gulf monarchies for ‘utilizing the Queen’s funeral as a method to – of their phrases – “whitewash” their human rights information,’ BBC reported.

In a report earlier this week, CNN Arabic claimed MBS wouldn’t be attending the funeral, citing his ‘fragile ego’ as possible having performed a job in his determination.

Abdullah Alaoudh, a Washington-based Saudi dissident, informed the TV community that MBS can be ‘seated behind different highly effective figures’ at the occasion, which he would allegedly hassle him.

‘MBS desires full acknowledgement of his energy, his existence, of getting in the entrance row,’ Mr Alaoudh argued. ‘He cares lots about these symbols and doesn’t need to be humiliated.’

Additionally, world dignitaries have been requested to leap on shuttle buses to Westminster Abbey, as is normal protocol, as an alternative of utilizing state limousines or carriages. 

The solely exception seems to be US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill will be capable of take the armoured Beast to the Queen’s funeral.

Some embassies have reportedly made as-yet unsuccessful efforts to request exceptions to the Foreign Office steerage. 

MBS is one of the greater than 500 overseas dignitaries and heads of state invited to mourn Queen Elizabeth II (pictured in 2013) throughout the service at Westminster Abbey on Monday

Approximately 2,000 people are expected to attend the Queen's service on Monday, including world leaders, VIPS and members of other royal families. Members of the public are pictured filing past the Queen's coffin as it lies in state at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

Approximately 2,000 persons are anticipated to attend the Queen’s service on Monday, together with world leaders, VIPS and members of different royal households. Members of the public are pictured submitting previous the Queen’s coffin because it lies in state at Westminster Abbey on Sunday

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar reportedly didn’t get an invitation to the Queen’s funeral however a quantity of controversial figures together with Erdogan and Bolsonaro are coming to London for the service.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited however isn’t anticipated to attend. He as an alternative despatched Vice President Wang Qishan to attend on his behalf, China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

Several British lawmakers, alleging they had been ‘tremendously involved’ by the invitation to President Xi, penned a letter to the House of Commons calling for the invitation to be rescinded. They additionally strongly criticised China for its therapy of the largely Muslim Uyghur neighborhood.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally declined his invitation to attend the service. India will as an alternative by represented by President Droupadi Murmu, in keeping with The Guardian.

PM Modi had delivered a speech on the day of the Queen’s dying – hours earlier than her sickness was recognized – urging India to shed its colonial ties throughout a ceremony to renamed a road that had honoured George V.

The chief did nevertheless name UK Prime Minister Liz Truss two days after Her Majesty’s dying to difficulty his condolences. 

The Queen's grandchildren (clockwise from front centre) Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York, Britain's Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on Saturday

The Queen’s grandchildren (clockwise from entrance centre) Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Britain’s Princess Eugenie of York, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York, Britain’s Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall maintain a vigil round the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, mendacity in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on Saturday

The televised funeral is expected to be watched by 4.1 billion people and analysts predict 2 million others will flock to the capital for the event. He Majesty's coffin, draped in the Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown, is pictured Lying in State inside Westminster Hall on Sunday

The televised funeral is anticipated to be watched by 4.1 billion individuals and analysts predict 2 million others will flock to the capital for the occasion. He Majesty’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown, is pictured Lying in State inside Westminster Hall on Sunday

Members of the public, wrapped in blankets, walk in line along The Queens Walk near Tower Bridge waiting to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lays in state within Westminster Hall on Sunday

Members of the public, wrapped in blankets, stroll in line alongside The Queens Walk close to Tower Bridge ready to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lays in state inside Westminster Hall on Sunday

Her Majesty’s shut good friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, is but to verify if he’ll attend.

Before her dying, Her Majesty was beneath stress to ditch him after the High Court discovered he was liable for unlawful UK hacking of his spouse’s cellphone.

A senior choose concluded that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the horse race-loving good friend of the Royal Family and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, dedicated a ‘whole abuse of belief and certainly an abuse of energy’.

The courtroom discovered that he beforehand orchestrated the kidnap of his runaway daughter Princess Shamsa from Cambridgeshire in 2000. He additionally allegedly kidnapped her sister Princess Latifa when she too tried to flee. 

Princess Latif’s greatest good friend Tiina Jauhiainen informed MailOnline final week that the ruler of Dubai have to be snubbed by Buckingham Palace and the British Government together with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

She mentioned: ‘I do not suppose an individual together with his popularity needs to be invited to the Queen’s funeral.

‘I hope we aren’t going to be seeing MBS [what the Crown Prince is colloquially known as] both.’

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