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World leaders arrive in the UK ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral




World leaders, royalty and other dignitaries have arrived in London, United Kingdom today as they prepare to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday, September 19.

In an unprecedented turnout – and security operation – to mark the Queen’s death after 70 years on the throne, numerous presidents, prime ministers and royalty will be among 2000 special guests at Westminster Abbey.

Among the attendees are Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese; Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou; Greece’s Crown Prince Pavlos; the President of the United States, Joe Biden; as well as many others.

US President, Joe Biden, pays his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Getty Images.

Sakellaropoulou’s attendance at the funeral comes after she telephoned His Majesty King Charles III on Thursday and expressed her condolences for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Albanese also met with the new king and British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, on Saturday and paid his respects to the Queen’s coffin, which he described as “momentous” and “emotional”.

The Queen’s funeral, which involves three separate services over more than 12 hours, follows 10 days of official mourning in Britain, which has featured 24-hour waits and eight kilometre queues as Britons rushed to pay their respects to their monarch lying in state.

The Queen’s final journey will begin at Westminster Hall, before she is buried with her husband Prince Philip and family at St George’s Chapel at Windsor to London’s west.

READ MORE: ‘She looked at me and smiled’: Greek Australians remember Queen Elizabeth II.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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