Foreign heads will go by bus instead of private vehicles
Many foreign royals and heads of state are likely to use shuttle buses to travel to Westminster Abbey rather than personal vehicles. More than 100 core teams have been formed to execute the funeral planning. Thousands of employees are involved in this. The Royal Navy’s State Gun Carriage, towed by 142 sailors, will carry the Queen’s coffin. The car was last seen at the funeral of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten in 1979, following the funeral of the Queen’s father, George VI, in 1952. To manage the crowd, 22 miles long barricades have been put up in Central London only. Apart from the officers on the ground, surveillance will also be done through helicopters. A hi-tech control room has also been set up to maintain the security system.
The funeral will start at 3.30 pm on Monday
According to the BBC report, the funeral will start at 11 am British time (3.30 pm in India). Before that, the bell would be rung for 96 consecutive minutes to mark the long life of the Queen. A two-minute silence will be observed at the end of the service and the Queen’s Piper will bid a final farewell to the Queen. King Charles-III and the Queen’s Consort will lead the procession behind the Queen’s coffin, along with world leaders and dignitaries, in the 13th-century church for the funeral. The Prince and Princess of Wales will be followed by their nine-year-old son George and seven-year-old daughter Charlotte. He will be followed by his uncles and aunts, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family. George and Charlotte’s four-year-old younger brother, Louis, is not expected to attend.
Which royal families attended the Queen’s funeral?
Some of the European royal families attending the funeral include King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife, Queen Maxima, with their mother, the former Dutch Queen Princess Beatrix, and King Felipe and Queen of Spain. Letizia’s name is Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will also attend the service, as will Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Other expected guests include Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, King Abdullah of Jordan, Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, King of Lesotho, Letsi-III and Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein. Royal leaders of Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Tonga are expected to attend.
The heads of state of these countries also reached London to pay tribute.
Leaders of the entire Commonwealth, of whom the Queen served as head throughout her reign, will also participate. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has arrived in the UK, as have New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian President Draupadi Murmu have also reached London, they will attend the funeral. Other world leaders are also expected to be present, including US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, Irish Taoiseach Michael Martin and President Michael Higgins, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and French President Emmanuel Macron. .
(with agency input)