King Charles III receives foreign leaders at Buckingham Palace


King Charles III of England has received this Sunday at Buckingham Palace the world leaders who have traveled to London to attend the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

Already at the reception, the new monarch has assured to be “moved beyond all measure” by the expressions of support arriving from all over the world after the death of his mother. “Over the last ten days I have been deeply moved by the many messages of condolence and support received from this country and from around the world,” he explained.

“In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff (the four UK capitals) we have been moved beyond measure by all who have bothered to come and pay their respects for a lifetime of service to my dear mother, the late queen,” he added.

“As we prepare to say our last goodbye, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the countless people who have supported and comforted my family and myself in this time of mourning,” he added.

In total there are about 500 guests, presidents, prime ministers and members of royal families from around the world. Among them stands out the US president, Joe Biden, who has arrived at the palace in La Bestia, the car used in his travels, accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden.

More than 200 world leaders were invited, most of them accompanied by their partner, such as the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who has been accompanied by Brigitte.

Also present were the Princes of Wales and other members of the British Royal Family such as the Earls of Wessex, the Dukes of Gloucester and the Queen consort, Camilla.

At least ten buses full of guests have arrived at the palace and have solemnly entered the palatial rooms. Some leaders have greeted each other, but others have walked up the steps in silence.

Black has been the predominant color of the guests’ clothing and some wore traditional costumes from their countries of origin. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, have arrived at the Grand Entrance of the palace in a bus in which several leaders of the British Commonwealth of Nations were also traveling.

Among them was New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who entered the palace followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is also among the guests.

The Bidens have entered the Greetings Room at Buckingham Palace; Prime Minister Liz Truss; the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, James Cleverly or the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog.

The King Emeritus of Spain, Juan Carlos, has arrived accompanied by Sofia and the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. The three have joined other leaders who have accessed through the Great Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan have arrived in their own vehicle at the Grand Entrance, followed by their son, Prince Hussein, also in his own vehicle.

Moments later, the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al Zani, and King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa and his crown prince, Salman bin HAmad al Khalifa of Bahrain, arrived. The crown prince of Kuwait, Nawaf al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabá, arrived shortly after.

Later it was the turn of the Sultan of Oman, who agreed to Buckingham before the ruler of Dubai, Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktum. The kings of Spain, Felipe and Letizia, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife, Queen Silvia of Sweden and Queen Margaret II of Denmark have entered later.

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