After Her Majesty passed away on Thursday, September 8, plans were put in place to hold her funeral on September 19 at Westminster Abbey. World leaders such as Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have said they will attend.
However, foreign heads of state and their spouses heading to London for the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II have been asked to use commercial flights.
They have also been told they cannot use their own state cars and will instead be bussed in en masse from a site in west London.
Documents from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) also say only the heads of state and their spouses or partners from each country have been invited to attend the funeral.
In the official protocol message regarding the funeral, the FCDO said Westminster Abbey will be so full it will be impossible for more than one senior representative per country and their other half to attend.
According to Politico, who saw the official documents, another memo sent to overseas embassies late on Saturday said the FCDO “regrets that, because of limited space at the state funeral service and associated events, no other members of the principal guest’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted”.
On the day of the funeral, the heads of state and their partners will arrive at Westminster Abbey in escorted coaches from a location in west London, where “because of tight security and road restrictions” they will be required to leave their own cars.
A second FCDO document detailing the logistical arrangements for those traveling from overseas said: “Multiple and comprehensive layers of security will be in place across London and at all the official venues used for the state funeral and associated events”.
A foreign ambassador in London told the outlet: “Can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus?”
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