Foreign leaders arriving from overseas will have to take a bus to the funeral at Westminster Abbey in London as the arrangements for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral are in action.
After the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office sent invitations and directions to foreign embassies for the funeral arrangements, Politico claimed that this need extended to even the most important international leaders, such as President Joe Biden.
Normally, international leaders travel to events in private jets and cars, but they have been instructed to arrive in the U.K. Instead, if it’s possible, fly commercially.
Helicopter transportation has also been outlawed.
On September 19, the day of the funeral, world leaders will instead be transported by bus “en masse” from West London to Westminster Abbey, according to Politico.
Because of the “tight security” and “road restrictions,” private cars are not an option for mobility.
One foreign ambassador located in London voiced his displeasure over Biden’s transportation after hearing this news.
“Can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus? “, the ambassador reportedly wrote on Sunday in a WhatsApp chat.
The FCDO has stated that it will be too challenging to host all of the dignitaries traveling to the UK due to the volume of dignitaries arriving from all around the world for the queen’s burial. on a private vehicle, according to Newsweek.
Anyone coming by private aircraft will not be permitted to use Heathrow Airport in London.
Any leaders arriving on private aircraft as opposed to scheduled flights will have to land at airports outside of London, according to the FCDO.
Politico claimed that in addition to the travel limitations, only the presidents of state and their spouses (or partners) from each nation have been invited to the funeral.
The funeral of the queen will be one of the most important international events in the United Kingdom, therefore London is likely to be packed with people. has hosted in recent years, according to Politico.
“Westminster Abbey will be so packed for the event that it will be impossible for more than a single, senior representative per country and their other half to attend, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) lamented in the official protocol message regarding the event,” Politico reports.
The FCDO expressed sadness that the department “regrets that, because of limited space at the state funeral service and associated events, no other members of the principal guest’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted.”
If heads of state are not able to come to London, they are also allowed to choose an official representative.
The FCDO announced that the new King Charles III will host a reception for all the world leaders at Buckingham Palace the night before the service at Westminster Abbey.
The visiting world leaders will also be permitted to attend the lying-in-state of the queen’s body and sign the condolence book at Lancaster House.
Foreign heads of state will then be allowed to deliver a tribute to the late queen at Lancaster House, which can last up to three minutes and will be recorded for the media, Politico reported.
After the funeral service on Sept. 19, foreign leaders will be escorted to Dean’s Yard, which is on the abbey’s grounds, for a reception hosted by U.K. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
Then they will once again be returned to West London by bus.
Biden has formally accepted the invitation to attend the queen’s funeral and will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, the White House announced on Sunday, according to Newsweek.
Upon Queen Elizabeth’s passing on Thursday, Biden paid tribute to her legacy.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock Alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States,” Biden said in a White House release. “She helped make our relationship special.”