Monarchs travel to funerals in buses

AAccording to media reports, for logistical reasons, the Japanese Emperor Naruhito, European monarchs and heads of state and government are to take buses to the Queen's state funeral Elizabeth II arrive in London. There will be very few exceptions, such as for US President Joe Biden and Israeli President Izchak Herzog, the BBC reported.

The online portal "Politico" wrote on Friday, top guests such as the kings of Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands, but also heads of state and the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen were driven to Westminster Abbey in luxury coaches from a secret meeting point in the west of the British capital. The Japanese Emperor and his wife Empress Masako, whose visit is considered a special honor, are also expected to board a bus. However, there is considerable criticism against the requirement, according to “Politico”.

“Right place at the right time”

Of the BBC according to the organizers defended the regulation. "It's not about vehicles. It's about making sure the right people are in the right place at the right time," the broadcaster quoted a UK government official as saying. "Do the math, they just can't come in separate cars."

According to the BBC, around 300 government employees, who have been withdrawn from various ministries and agencies, are busy around the clock preparing for the state ceremony on Monday.

Heads of state and government may only bring one other person, larger delegations are reserved for members of the Commonwealth of Nations. That is why it is not expected that former US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump will arrive. On Sunday, King Charles III. a reception at Buckingham Palace.

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