Buckingham Palace has US President Joe Biden (79). Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) invited. However, he should arrive without a delegation. The royal family issued a 'special invitation only for the president and first lady,' reports CNN, citing a White House official.
The White House announced on Sunday that Biden had officially accepted the invitation and would be accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden (71). The state funeral for the late Queen will take place on September 19 at London's Westminster Abbey.
At previous state funerals, such as that for former South African President Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), the incumbent US President was able to bring delegations of officials, the report said.
A statement by Joe Biden following the news of the Queen's death said: 'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She shaped an era.”
The US President and his wife also looked back on mutual encounters: “We met the Queen for the first time in 1982 when we traveled to Great Britain as part of a Senate delegation. And we were honored to have her hospitality in June 2021 during our first foreign trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness and generously shared her wisdom with us.”
Her legacy 'will play a huge role in the pages of British history and in the history of our world.'
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