American President Joe Biden has touched down in London alongside his spouse Jill as international dignitaries descend on the capital forward of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
The President and First Woman arrived at Stansted Airport on the presidential aircraft Air Pressure One having boarded in Washington on Saturday afternoon.
The couple seemed to be in good spirits as they landed simply earlier than 10pm, strolling down the plane steps collectively earlier than being greeted by a small celebration – together with Jane Hartley, US ambassador to the UK, and Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.
After touchdown at Stansted Airport, the President and his spouse have been seen leaving the airport within the presidential armoured automobile dubbed ‘The Beast’.
Tomorrow the US President is predicted to pay his respects to the Queen and signal her official condolence e-book, earlier than attending a reception hosted by King Charles III.
The President and First Woman have been noticed leaving the US simply hours after Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have been additionally seen taking a first-class flight into London.
The emperor and empress will swap their luxurious digs for a shuttle bus alongside different world dignitaries to get to the Queen’s funeral on Monday. In the meantime, the Bidens are understood to have been granted an exemption to journey in ‘The Beast’ whereas within the capital.
Mr Biden was resulting from maintain talks with the UK’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, nevertheless it has since been confirmed the pair is not going to meet in an official capability previous to Her Majesty’s funeral.
Downing Road mentioned a ‘full bilateral assembly’ will happen on the UN Basic Meeting on Wednesday as an alternative. The Prime Minister is now anticipated to carry a name with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, on Saturday night.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, are amongst among the world leaders who’ve already arrived in London and visited Lancaster Home on Saturday to signal a e-book of condolences for the royal household.
Mr Albanese mentioned in a press release to Twitter afterwards: ‘At this time Jodie and I signed the condolence e-book at Lancaster Home. On this time of nice grief, we’re grateful to be right here paying our respects to the Queen for her providers to responsibility, religion, household and the Commonwealth.’
The lifetime of the late Queen shall be celebrated within the ‘reception of the century’ this weekend earlier than she’s formally laid to relaxation on Monday surrounded by the who’s who of the worldwide elite.
American President Joe Biden has touched down in London alongside his spouse Jill forward of the Queen’s funeral on Monday
The President and his spouse Jill arrived into Stansted late on Saturday evening. They’re resulting from go to the Queen’s coffin tomorrow
The Bidens appeared in good spirits as they walked right down to the tarmac having arrived within the UK tonight earlier than leaving in ‘The Beast’
The Air Pressure One aircraft was seen touchdown at Stansted Airport tonight with the President on board as he travels to London for the Queen’s funeral
The President and First Woman have been greeted by a small celebration as they stepped off the aircraft at Stansted Airport together with Jane Hartley, US ambassador to the UK, and Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.
After touchdown at Stansted, the President and his spouse have been seen leaving the airport in ‘The Beast’ – the armoured presidential automobile
President Joe Biden and First Woman Jill Biden have been seen leaving London Stansted airport with their motorcade
The couple travelled to London onboard the presidential aircraft Air Pressure One. Mr Biden was the thirteenth US president to satisfy the Queen
US President Joe Biden and First Woman Jill Biden boarded the Marine One from the White Home on Saturday earlier than arriving in London to farewell the Queen
Joe and Jill Biden wore matching navy jackets with their names embossed on the breast as they boarded the plane on Saturday to commemorate the U.S. Air Pressure’s seventy fifth Anniversary. Mr Biden was resulting from maintain talks with the UK’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, nevertheless it has since been confirmed the pair is not going to meet in an official capability previous to Her Majesty’s funeral
The duo arrived in London this night forward of a state reception on Sunday and the funeral on Monday
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his spouse Sophe Trudeau (left), together with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (proper) signal a e-book of condolence at Lancaster Home in London
King Charles III shakes fingers with Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Saturday afternoon
The brand new King is assembly with realm prime ministers who’re ready to pay their respects, provide their condolences and want him nicely forward of formal proceedings on Sunday and Monday
Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have boarded a luxurious firstclass flight en path to London this morning
Governor-Basic of Belize Dame Froyla Tzalam additionally attended Lancaster Home to pay her respects
King Charles III additionally met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Saturday afternoon (pictured)
The boys sat for a dialogue at Buckingham Palace forward of an official 500-person reception tomorrow and Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday
The emperor’s journey to Britain alongside the empress – the primary since acceding the throne in 2019 – is taken into account an indication of respect and highlights the bonds fashioned between the 2 royal households throughout Her Majesty’s reign
Historically, a Japanese emperor wouldn’t attend the funeral of any individual apart from their very own mother and father resulting from a deep-rooted cultural perception during which dying is taken into account impure
Historically, a Japanese emperor wouldn’t attend the funeral of any individual apart from their very own mother and father resulting from a deep-rooted cultural perception during which dying is taken into account impure.
His journey to Britain alongside the empress – the primary since acceding the throne in 2019 – is taken into account an indication of respect and highlights the bonds fashioned between the 2 royal households throughout Her Majesty’s reign.
Leaked Authorities paperwork revealed plans for world leaders to journey en masse in a bus to Westminster Abbey for Monday’s service, reasonably than utilizing personal vehicles.
British and US officers have since performed down the prospect of President Biden having to journey on a bus into central London. Emperor Naruhito is predicted to be amongst these travelling to the funeral on the shuttle.
In response to Politico, the 62-year-old and different visiting royals shall be bussed to the service below strict International Workplace steering.
The web site reported Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and the Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima would even be placed on a shuttle bus.
Some embassies have reportedly made as-yet unsuccessful efforts to request exceptions to the International Workplace steering. It is not clear if the Japanese embassy is amongst them.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne has additionally arrived in London and paid his respects by signing the e-book of condolence
The Australian PM and his associate each signed the e-book hours after they visited Inexperienced Park to put a wreath in honour of the Queen
David Hurley Governor-Basic of Australia together with his spouse Linda Hurley at Lancaster Home to signal the e-book of condolence
Sir Bob Dadae, Governor-Basic of Papua New Guinea will attend the Queen’s funeral on behalf of his nation
Regardless of the lavish journey to the UK, it is understood the couple are anticipated to be shuttled to the funeral service on a bus with different dignitaries
Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko waves to a particular flight carrying Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako
Some embassies have reportedly filed pressing requests to amend the transport plans for his or her representatives resulting from security issues
A Quantity 10 spokeswoman refused to touch upon the preparations for particular person dignitaries however accepted they’ll ‘differ relying on the wants of the completely different leaders’.
New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern was one of many first world leaders to pay her respects in London on Friday, whereas the prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina touched down on Thursday afternoon.
Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese has additionally arrived and introduced together with him 10 ‘on a regular basis’ visitors who made ‘extraordinary contributions to their communities, and who characterize Australian tradition and values’.
He went straight to London’s Inexperienced Park early on Sunday to put a wreath among the many 1000’s of bouquets which have been constructing all through the town since her dying was introduced on the night of September 8.
‘Paying our respects to Her Majesty,’ Mr Albanese mentioned as he shared a photograph at Inexperienced Park alongside his associate Jodie Haydon. ‘Might she relaxation in everlasting peace.’
Contained in the Japanese authorities’s new plush Boeing: An onboard convention room for presidency officers and aides to Imperial Members of the family
The aircraft options chairs with workspaces that senior authorities officers and aides to Imperial Members of the family can use throughout flights
Members of the general public file previous the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Commonplace with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, mendacity in state on the catafalque in Westminster Corridor, on the Palace of Westminster
In a while Saturday, he met with Prime Minister Truss, who has additionally held talks with New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and UAE president and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Biden congratulated Liz Truss on turning into Prime Minister on September 6.
He mentioned he appeared ahead to deepening the ‘particular relationship’ between the US and the UK, as Truss turned chief of the Conservative Social gathering.
‘Congratulations to Prime Minister Liz Truss. I stay up for deepening the particular relationship between our international locations and dealing in shut cooperation on world challenges, together with continued help for Ukraine because it defends itself towards Russian aggression,’ Biden wrote on Twitter.
Truss is claimed to be much less eager on the ‘particular relationship’ with the US than a few of her predecessors. Up to now she has referred to as it ‘particular, however not unique.’
Biden and Truss have met earlier than. She, in her position of international secretary, accompanied then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his go to to the White Home final September.
She and Biden additionally talked when he attended the COP26 convention in Scotland final October.
Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese additionally revealed on Sunday that he’d arrived and went straight to London’s Inexperienced Park early on Sunday to put a wreath among the many 1000’s of bouquets (pictured together with his associate, Jodie Haydon)
President Biden and First Woman Jill will have the ability to take the armored Beast to the Queen’s funeral subsequent week whereas different world leaders shall be requested to take the shared bus, as is commonplace protocol
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh arriving at London Stansted airport on Thursday
Jacinda Ardern ‘shares the sorrow’ of King Charles as she prepares to satisfy Royal Household and new PM Liz Truss
Ms Ardern confirmed she’s going to meet the King, Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Liz Truss earlier than the Queen’s funeral, however disclosed minimal particulars after arriving within the UK, saying she’s going to ‘share the sorrow that New Zealand has’ with the brand new monarch.
‘I will merely share the sorrow that New Zealand has and cross on our deepest condolences,’ the visiting PM mentioned at a press convention in London.
‘On the finish of the day, though it is a interval of transition for him, he has additionally misplaced his beloved mom. For us and New Zealand, that is in the beginning.’
Ms Ardern, who mentioned she is planning to attend the Queen’s mendacity in state at Westminster Corridor forward of the funeral, additionally confirmed she’s going to meet with Liz Truss.
The visiting PM mentioned the Queen’s dying and new King would be the ‘focus of dialog’ when she and Ms Truss meet.
She mentioned she may also probably talk about Ukraine and the UK’s free commerce settlement with New Zealand.
‘I’m certain we may also transact our relationship as nicely, however it’s all throughout the context of the week of mourning that the UK is at present in,’ she mentioned.
Assembly William shall be a chance to repay his help of New Zealand in 2019, when the royal flew to the nation following the Christchurch bloodbath, Ms Ardern mentioned.
‘The Prince of Wales has all the time been there for New Zealand in its occasions of grief,’ she mentioned.
‘He is been there for us in our occasions of grief and so it is a time for us to be there for him and his household too.’
International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace officers reportedly despatched 1,000 handwritten invites – for each the reception and Monday’s funeral – to heads of state to virtually each nation on the earth bar Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.
Mr Biden will arrive this night and French president Emmanuel Macron, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Italian president Sergio Matarella are amongst different notable attendees.
The US presidential aircraft, generally known as Air Pressure One, tends to land at Stansted Airport on visits to Britain with a purpose to keep away from disruption at Heathrow.
It is extremely unlikely the president shall be on board the shuttle bus with different dignitaries. As a substitute, he’s anticipated journey through ‘The Beast’ whereas he is within the capital.
The custom-built Cadillac is claimed to have eight-inch thick doorways, run-flat tires, bulletproof glass, its personal oxygen provide, a few pints of the president’s blood and a very sealed inside to keep at bay a chemical assault.
It’s estimated to weigh between seven and 9 tonnes.
Biden’s motorcade The Beast crosses a bridge on the best way to his summit with Putin in Geneva. It’s believed it should make an look in London this weekend because the chief of the free world arrives for the Queen’s funeral
Floral Tributes are left at Inexperienced Park subsequent to Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II earlier than her funeral preparations get underway
Mourners kind a large queue close to Tower Bridge this morning as they wait to see the Queen lying-in-state
Mourners queueing at Tower Bridge in central London this morning as they wait to pay their respects to the Queen
A number of hundred dignitaries from all over the world shall be in London to pay their respects to the Queen, in what is ready to be one of many greatest logistical and diplomatic occasions within the UK in a long time.
The official capability of Westminster Abbey is 2,200 folks, and it’s anticipated to be full. The general public will have the ability to watch the service reside by tv streams.
No 10 declined to explain the conversations with allies as formal bilateral conferences, and as an alternative portrayed them as chats to supply condolences over the Queen’s dying, throughout which politics is more likely to come up.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman mentioned: ‘There will not be formal bilaterals in the best way we usually recognise them.
‘However we may have a big variety of world leaders, heads of state within the nation. She shall be assembly a small proportion of these over the weekend.
‘These shall be alternatives to debate recollections of Her Majesty, however in some cases it is going to be the primary time they’ve met since she turned Prime Minister.’
They’ll be part of members of the royal household, UK prime ministers previous and current and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey – which may maintain about 2,000 folks – at 11am on Monday.
Male dignitaries on the funeral shall be suggested to put on morning costume or darkish lounge fits with a black tie, with darkish day attire and hats for feminine mourners.
Nationwide costume may additionally be worn, whereas serving army officers can put on ceremonial uniforms with out swords.
Folks get up after an evening spent at a makeshift campsite arrange alongside The Mall as temperatures plunge
What’s going to occur on the ‘reception of the century’ on Sunday and who shall be there?
King Charles III is ready to play host to lots of of world leaders, dignitaries and VIPs at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, forward of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
The grand reception will see them formally welcomed by the brand new king in a gathering of world leaders not seen in a long time.
Studies recommend Harry and Meghan have been initially invited however are actually not anticipated to attend as a result of the occasion is for ‘working members’ of the Royal Household. It is not clear whether or not Prince Andrew was invited.
Kate, who’s now the Princess of Wales, Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex may also be current.
Male visitors should put on lounge fits whereas ladies should go for morning costume, with out hats or decorations, in line with the sombre tone of the occasion.
The roughly 500 attendees will meet within the image gallery and state residences at 6pm, the place they are going to be served drinks and canapes, studies the Telegraph.
International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace officers reportedly despatched 1,000 handwritten invites – for each the reception and Monday’s funeral – to heads of state to each nation on the earth bar Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.
By way of different royals, these anticipated to point out up embody: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are additionally on the listing.
The previous king of Spain Juan Carlos, who may quickly face trial within the UK for harassing a former lover, and former Queen Sofia, have additionally been invited.
US President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron lead the large names of world leaders set to attend, joined by Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Australia’s Anthony Albanese.
It’s believed the Empress Masako of Japan, who retreated from public view some 20 years in the past, may also attend alongside Emperor Naruhito.
Different world leaders embody:
– Droupadi Murmu, President of India
– Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
– Gitanas Nauseda, President of Lithuania
– Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan President
– Maia Sandu, President of Moldova
– Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
– Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korean President
– Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
– Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
– Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy
– Charles Michel, President of the European Council
– Ursula von der Leyen, President of European Fee
– Egils Levits, President of Latvia
– Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago
– Mohammad Shtayyeh, Palestinian Prime Minister
– Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland
– Katalin Novak, Hungarian President
– Michael D. Higgins, President of Eire
– Micheál Martin, Taoiseach (prime minister) of Eire
– Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica
– Floyla Tzalam, Governor Basic of Belize
– Susan Dougan, Governor Basic of St Vincent and the Grenadines
– Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh