The ‘biggest international event’ of the last few decades happened yesterday. Place, London, the capital of Britain. More than 500 delegates from all over the world have already arrived in the capital for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Indian President Draupadi Murmur’s plane landed at London’s Gatwick Airport on the evening of September 17. From there she went to a hotel in central London. At six o’clock the night before yesterday, The President of India also attended a reception at Buckingham Palace at the invitation of King Charles III.
List of delegates
Britain’s Foreign Office is concerned about the presence of politicians at the funeral. Not everyone is honest with everyone. Among them, the presence of some politicians or diplomats has also embarrassed the British MPs. American President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have already arrived in London to pay their respects at the Queen’s funeral.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and representatives of the Myanmar and Afghan governments were also not invited. Chinese President Xi Jinping did not come. However, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan arrived as his representative. The British government’s conflict with China over the question of human rights violations of Uyghurs has been going on for a long time. On that basis, the Speaker of the House of Commons prevented him from entering Westminster Hall. Which has created a controversy. Another reason for British MPs’ discomfort is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A special bus left Chelsea Hospital in south-west London yesterday. All the heads of state rode on it to Westminster Abbey. Exceptions are few, including Biden-Macron.
The respect paid by the family members
Her eight grandchildren paid their respects in front of the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on September 17. At the very front was Prince of Wales William in army uniform. Harry, Duke of Sussex, was behind his brother in army uniform. Like the last few days, thousands of people paid their respect to the queen by lining up for hours. The stars were not left out. Former football star David Beckham paid tribute to the Queen with a long line. He said, eating donuts gave him the strength to stand in line.
However, the police prohibited anyone from standing in line again the day before yesterday. It closed at 6:30 am yesterday.
The funeral service began yesterday at eleven o’clock in Westminster Cathedral. At ten forty-four in the morning, the Queen’s coffin was carried from Westminster Hall to the Abbey by members of the navy. The hearse that carried the coffin of the Queen’s father, George VI, will also carry the Queen’s coffin. After a day of ceremonies, the Queen was buried next to her husband Philip in St George’s Chapel at around 7:30 pm. Only a few members of the royal family were present at that time.