London, September 19 (EFE) .- The doors of Westminster Abbey in London opened this Monday at 8:00 local time (7:00 GMT) to the arrival of more than 2,000 guests attending the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who has been on the throne of the United Kingdom for more than seven decades. He later died at the age of 96.
More than 500 heads of state and world leaders attended the religious ceremony, which will begin at 11:00 local time (GMT).
President of the United States, Emperor Joe Biden of Japan, Naruhito, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of India, Draupadi Murmu, Chinese Vice President, Wang Qishan and Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, are among those present.
Key leaders traveled to the British capital last night to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the UK’s new king, Charles III.
It is one of the biggest events with foreign leaders that the British Foreign Office has coordinated in recent decades, for which a security device comparable to the London Olympics in 2020 has been deployed.
Around 2,300 police officers will guard Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on its final journey from Westminster Abbey, where she will have her state funeral, to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried in St George’s Chapel.
Thousands flock to London and Windsor to watch Elizabeth II’s procession
Thousands of people have already settled in London and Windsor to watch Elizabeth II’s funeral procession for the state funeral.
Along the route that the procession will pass, thousands of people, many carrying British flags, spend the night occupying the best vantage point to view Coffin Pass, in a gun carriage, and accompanied by several members of the royal family. family, with the head King Carlos III.
With coats, hats and scarves, Britons and tourists also await the start of the state funeral – at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) due to the chill of the night and morning.
Edited by Oscar Tomasi