Foreign leaders of the state and their partners at a state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was asked arrive in United Kingdom on commercial flights and were banned using helicopters in move around the capital.
In addition, they were told that they could not use them official cars to attend funerals planned for Monday 19 September but will instead take a bus to Westminster Abbey from the site in west London en masse, Politico reports.
Official documents received by the publication sent to embassies on Saturday also confirmed that only the heads of the state and their partner from each country were invited.
official capacity of Westminster Abbey is 2200 years old. people and it is expected that full to the extent that having more how one senior representative for each nation plus a spouse would be bankrupt.
This was reported in the Foreign Office for the Commonwealth and Development. in in protocol document that he “regrets that, since of limited space there are no other participants at the state memorial service and related events of chief guest family staff or accompanying persons may be admitted.”
These heads of of the state unable to attend are asked to select another representative, such as head of government or senior minister.
King Charles III will give a reception for overseas leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, September 18, the evening before the funeral.
In addition, the heads of the state is invited to attend the falsein-state of Queens of the body sign a book of condolences at Lancaster House immediately afterwards.
While at Lancaster House, they will also be able to deliver tribute late queen of up up to three minutes to be recorded for in media.
In a day of funerals, there will be strict security measures and road restrictions on many of center of London and therefore leads of the state was told to meet at the site in west London, from where they will be escorted to the abbey in trainers.
After the service, foreign leaders are invited to a reception hosted Foreign Secretary James Cleverley at Deans Yard, on the grounds of the abbey to which they will be escorted on sole.
They will then be returned to the site. in West London coach collect your cars.
“Numerous and comprehensive layers of security will in place all over London and in general official used places for state funerals and related events”, another FCDO document states that logistics details for those who travel from overseas.
He further warns that “because of an extensive ceremonial program related to state funerals and logistical challengesRequests for bilateral are not considered on this case, in line with in rules of in the government mourning period.
There is also a warning then where possible foreign leaders should arrive in United Kingdom on commercial flights, as there will be no agreement made for private aircraft at London Heathrow Airport.
Instead, it is recommended to direct aircraft to less busy airports around the capital. Document also warns that use of transfer of helicopters from airports to other facilities is prohibited due to the expected workload in in the region airspace – in particular, there are also a warning that “unforeseen events commercial and private flights to deviate from the intended airport of arrival”.
Reports of in protocol information from the FCDO came shortly after the White House confirmed that President Joe Biden had formally accepted an invitation to the state funeral and would be attending with first Lady Jill Biden.
There have been many speculations about whether more a sizable US delegation similar to the one at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa in December 2013.
On this occasion, President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama were joined on former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura; Hillary Clinton former secretary of state; and a few senior White House advisers. Former President Jimmy Carter also attended the funeral.
Other who joined it was attorney general Eric Holder, national security adviser Susan Rice; and economic adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, traveled separately. In addition, two dozen American legislators also flew out to South Africa.
Judging by the tone of FCDO document, such a large delegation seems unlikely for Queen’s funeral – though this hasn’t been confirmed yet – but neatly sidesteps the looming issue of whether former presidents, including Donald Trump, will be able to leave, and potential embarrassment of having two such sworn political rivals in attendance.
The Bidens are most likely arrive on Air Force One as aircraft may land at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
Despite its status as an RAF base, it primarily supports USAF operations. currently in home of 100th air refueling regiment.