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Queen Elizabeth funeral: World leaders arrive at Westminster Abbey

Joe and Jill Biden clasped palms as they arrived at Westminster Abbey right now for the Queen’s funeral, becoming a member of lots of of different world leaders and heads of state.

French President Emmanuel Macron and spouse Brigitte have been additionally noticed getting into the Abbey, the place the primary state funeral for nearly 60 years is happening right now.

In whole, some 500 leaders and dignitaries can be represented at the funeral – at least one from virtually each nation with which Britain has diplomatic relations.

Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, was additionally seen arriving alongside spouse Michelle.

Joe and Jill Biden maintain palms as they stroll into Westminster Abbey on Monday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which some 500 world leaders, heads of state and diplomats will attend

Joe and Jill Biden are shown to their seats inside Westminster Abbey at a public funeral service for Her Majesty, ahead of a private family service that will take place in Windsor later today

Joe and Jill Biden are proven to their seats inside Westminster Abbey at a public funeral service for Her Majesty, forward of a non-public household service that can happen in Windsor later right now

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron of France are pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey to pay their respects to the Queen

Jutin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, and his wife Sophie are pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey on Monday

Jutin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, and his spouse Sophie are pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey on Monday

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, was among world leaders attending the Queen's funeral today

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, was amongst world leaders attending the Queen’s funeral right now

Britain and the world are laying Queen Elizabeth II to relaxation on Monday at a state funeral that’s drawing presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers – and as much as one million folks lining the streets of London to say a ultimate goodbye to a monarch whose 70-year reign outlined an age.

A day full of funeral occasions in London and Windsor started early when the doorways of 900-year-old Westminster Hall have been closed to mourners after lots of of 1000’s had filed in entrance of her flag-draped coffin. 

Many had waited for hours in line, together with by chilly nights, to pay their respects in an outpouring of collective grief and respect.

‘I felt like I needed to come and pay my ultimate respects to our majestic queen. She has performed a lot for us and just a bit thanks actually from the folks,’ stated Tracy Dobson, who was among the many final to hitch the road.

In a rustic identified for pomp and pageantry, the primary state funeral since Winston Churchill’s promised to be a spectacular show.

142 Royal Navy sailors are set to tug the gun carriage carrying Elizabeth’s coffin to Westminster Abbey, the place 2,000 folks starting from world leaders to well being care employees and volunteers plan to mourn her. 

Ahead of the ceremony, one of many Abbey’s bells is tolling 96 instances – as soon as a minute for every year of her life.

Monday has been declared a public vacation in honor of Elizabeth, who died Sept. 8 – and lots of of 1000’s of individuals descended on central London to partake within the historic second. 

Wang Qishan, China's vice president who is attending on behalf of president Xi Jinping, arrives at Westminster Abbey

Wang Qishan, China’s vp who’s attending on behalf of president Xi Jinping, arrives at Westminster Abbey

Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia and a lifelong republican, was among world leaders attending the funeral

Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia and a lifelong republican, was amongst world leaders attending the funeral

Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, and his wife Michelle were pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning

Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, and his spouse Michelle have been pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning

Michael D Higgins, the president of Ireland, was among foreign dignitaries arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning

Michael D Higgins, the president of Ireland, was amongst international dignitaries arriving at Westminster Abbey this morning

Long earlier than the service was set to start, metropolis authorities stated viewing areas alongside the route of the funeral’s procession have been full.

Millions extra are anticipated to tune into the funeral stay on tv, and crowds are flocking to parks and public areas throughout the U.Ok. to observe it on screens.

On the night earlier than, King Charles III issued a message of due to folks within the U.Ok. and all over the world, saying he and his spouse Camilla, the queen consort, have been ‘moved past measure’ by the massive numbers of people that have turned out to pay their respects to the queen.

‘As all of us put together to say our final farewell, I needed merely to take this chance to say thanks to all these numerous individuals who have been such a assist and luxury to my household and myself on this time of grief,’ he stated.

Following the funeral within the medieval abbey the place Elizabeth was married and topped, her coffin – ringed by items of the armed forces in dress uniforms and members of her household – can be introduced by the capital’s streets to Wellington Arch close to Hyde Park.

There, will probably be positioned in a hearse to be pushed to Windsor Castle – the place Elizabeth spent a lot of her time – for one more procession earlier than a committal service in St. George’s Chapel. She can be laid to relaxation together with her late husband, Prince Philip, at a non-public household service.

U.S. President Joe Biden was amongst leaders to pay their respects at the queen’s coffin on Sunday as 1000’s of police, lots of of British troops and a military of officers made ultimate preparations for the funeral.

Biden referred to as Queen Elizabeth II ‘respectable’ and ‘honorable’ and ‘all about service’ as he signed the condolence e-book, saying his coronary heart went out to the royal household.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and wife Michal were among world leaders arriving at Westminster to attend the funeral

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and spouse Michal have been amongst world leaders arriving at Westminster to attend the funeral

Mourners began arriving to take their seats about three hours forward of the ceremony, and Biden entered the Abbey about an hour earlier than it started.

People throughout Britain paused for a minute of silence at 8 p.m. Sunday in reminiscence of the one monarch most have ever identified. At Westminster Hall, the fixed stream of mourners paused for 60 seconds as folks noticed the minute of reflection in deep silence.

In Windsor, rain started to fall as the group fell silent for the second of reflection. Some camped in a single day outdoors the fortress with a purpose to reserve the very best spots to view the queen’s coffin.

Jilly Fitzgerald, who was in Windsor, stated there was a way of neighborhood among the many mourners as they ready to attend hours to see procession carrying the queen’s coffin.

‘It’s good to be with all of the people who find themselves all feeling the identical. It’s like an enormous household as a result of everybody feels that . the queen was a part of their household,’ she stated.

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