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Osinbajo, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Other World Leaders Attend Queen’s Funeral



World leaders including Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, United States President Joe Biden, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and his Brazil counterpart, President Jair Bolsonaro, among others attended the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

Also present at the Queen’s funeral are Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her counterparts from Canada Justin Trudeau and Australia Anthony Albanese.

Irish President Michael Higgins, President of the EU Council Charles Michel and Croatia’s president Moran Milanovic also attended the funeral along with the president of Israel Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal Herzog.

All of the living former UK prime ministers including Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major came in together, shortly before Liz Truss, who is due to read a lesson at the event.

One of the first royals to arrive was Moroccan Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, who at the age of 19 is representing his father King Mohammed VI.

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Among the first notable faces to join the congregations were Michael and Carole Middleton, two of the grandparents of Prince George, as well as numerous members of the government and other senior politicians, such as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Shortly before 11:00 a.m. (1000 GMT), the oak coffin, covered in the Royal Standard flag with the Imperial State Crown on top, placed on a gun carriage and pulled by naval personnel to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.
King Charles III, the Queen’s eldest son and the new King lead royals in the procession for the funeral service while the Queen’s great-grandchildren, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, the two eldest children of now heir-to-the-throne Prince William, also attended the Queen’s funeral.

The monarch died on September 8 at her Scottish summer home, Balmoral Castle.

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