Politico Europe reports:
Foreign heads of state and their spouses heading to London for the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II have been asked to arrive in the U.K. on commercial flights and banned from using helicopters to get around. World leaders have also been told they cannot use their own state cars to attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19 — and will instead be bused in en masse from a site in west London.
“Can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus?” one foreign ambassador based in London complained via WhatsApp message early Sunday. Westminster Abbey will be so packed for the event that it will be impossible for more than a single, senior representative per country and their other half to attend. Official documents obtained by POLITICO also confirm that only the heads of state and their spouses or partners from each country have been invited to attend the funeral.
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Seems like this means former US presidents won’t be there after all. And I’ll bet the Secret Service will have something to say about the bus directive.
NEW from Politico:
VIP guidance for the queen’s state funeral revealed: No private jets, no helicopters – and buses to the Abbey.
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