A global gathering. Queen Elizabeth II‘s state funeral was attended by leaders alike from around the globe, including President Joe Biden.
The late monarch’s service was held on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey in London, marking the first time a state funeral has been held at the historic chapel since the 18th century. The ceremony was attended by approximately 500 heads of state from all over the world. King Charles III, Prince William, Prince HarryMore members of the British royal family will pay their last respects.
President Biden, 79, First Lady Dr. Jill BidenOn Monday, the royals were supported by those who arrived at the church in all black ensembles.
The couple previously sent condolences to Elizabeth’s loved ones when news broke of her death on September 8. “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era,” the pair’s statement read, per the White House website. “In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. People across the Commonwealth shared an unwavering admiration of Queen Elizabeth II. The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity.”
The former vice president went on to describe the “personal and immediate connection” so many felt with the late queen during her 70-year reign. He also shared his personal experiences with Elizabeth, recalling their first meeting back in 1982 and their most recent visit in June 2021.
“In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort,” the former senator concluded, referring to Charles, 73, and Queen Consort Camilla. “Today, the thoughts and prayers of people all across the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief. We send our deepest condolences for the Royal Family. They are mourning not only their Queen but also their beloved grandmother, great-grandmother, and mother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world.”
Nearly one week after Her Majesty’s death, Joe spoke with her eldest son over the phone, continuing to offer support as the British royals grieve.
Along with U.S. representatives, Elizabeth was also honored by Commonwealth officials, including the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern. The 42-year-old politician was also invited at Buckingham Palace to a gathering one night prior to the funeral. Charles hosted the event, which was attended by international ambassadors as well as senior British royals. (Harry, 38) Meghan MarkleThey were initially expected to attend the event, but they were reportedly not invited.
Following the late monarch’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, a committal service will be held at Windsor Castle, where Elizabeth will be buried at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel. She will be reunited in her final resting spot with Prince Philip, her late husband who died in April 2021, at the age 99.
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