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Queen's funeral: Joe Biden receives an unusual invitation

Created: 09/12/2022 Updated: 09/12/2022, 2:57 p.m

Celebrities are expected to attend the Queen’s funeral, including US President Biden. Apparently he received a “special invitation”.

LONDON/WASHINGTON DC – Queen Elizabeth II has died. Her funeral is scheduled for Monday (September 19) in London. Numerous guests are invited to the funeral, including US President Joe Biden.

The 79-year-old received a corresponding invitation in the run-up to the funeral. He will perceive this, as Biden announced in a statement on Friday (September 9). “I don’t know the details yet, but I will travel there,” said the US President in a speech in Columbus, Ohio. Biden explained that he has not yet spoken to Elizabeth’s successor, King Charles III: “I know him, but I have not spoken to him on the phone.” The White House also confirmed this on Sunday. Biden will travel to Great Britain, it said in another statement.

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London: Joe Biden receives an invitation

However, as the US broadcaster CNN reports, the first details are already known. The royal family issued a “special invitation only for the President and the First Lady”. According to the report, the US President should only travel with his wife Jill Biden, without a delegation.

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First Lady Jill Biden, Queen Elizabeth II and US President Joe Biden (from left to right) at Windsor Castle in June 2021. (Archive photo) © Adam Schultz / White House / Imago Images

The background to this was a lack of space at the funeral ceremony in London, it said. Around 2000 guests are expected according to consistent media reports.

Queen’s funeral: This is planned

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is scheduled for Monday (September 19) at 12 noon, Buckingham Palace said. It is set to take place at Westminister Abbey in London. A service will take place there, the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II: What connects the late monarch with Hesse

The Queen’s coffin will then be taken to Windsor, where she will be buried alongside her late husband, Prince Philip. He passed away just last year. According to Buckingham Palace, after September 19, the Queen will be mourned for a total of seven days in Great Britain. The flags at royal castles and estates should fly at half-mast for that long. The royal standard should be an exception to this if the king is present. (do with dpa/AFP)

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Joe Biden writing in a book of condolences at the British Embassy in Washington DC © Chris Kleponis / UPI Photo / Imago Images

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