WORLD leaders have descended on London for the Queen’s funeral, including Brazil’s strongman leader Jair Bolsonaro.
The right-wing populist president addressed a rally from the windows of his country’s embassy as he stoked-up the flag-waving crowd that had gathered outside.
Contudo, sources close to the Saudi Embassy earlier confirmed that the Crown Prince would be visiting Londres este fim de semana.
Em volta 500 kings, queens, emperors, presidents, prime ministers along with other heads of states from around the world will make their way to London for the state funeral no Westminster Abbey amanhã.
Security is expected to be extremely tight for the historic ceremony and snipers have already been seen on top of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea where dignitaries are due to gather before being bussed to Palácio de Buckingham hoje.
Other attendees will include European royalty along with members of the British royal family.
A minute’s silence in tribute to the Queen will be head at 8pm.
Many of the leaders are expected to visit the Queen’s coffin which will remain lying in state until tomorrow morning in Westminster Hall.
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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in the UK late last night, and unlike other world leaders won’t have to use a shuttlebus to the abbey, are expected to visit the Queen’s coffin today.
The President of Irlanda, Michael D Higgins, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Colômbia‘s First Lady Veronica Alcocer Gargia and Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva – who all arrived today – have already visited Westminster Hall.
While there are doubts the Saudi leader, known by the abbreviation MBS, will attend the funeral he was set to hold talks with Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday evening.
Also on the guest list is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s authoritarian leader who has jailed hundreds of journalists and steadily dismantled the country’s democracy.
China is sending its vice-president Wang Qishan, after an invitation from the UK government.
Although Putin is under a travel ban to the UK due to the sanctions in place he had previously stated he would not attend.
A spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry though said that not inviting any representative from the country was “particularly blasphemous towards Elizabeth II’s memory” and “deeply immoral”.
The state funeral tomorrow involving so many world leaders, as well as the vast crowds expected on the streets will create an “unprecedented” security challenge, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“It’s been decades since this many world leaders were in one place,” Mr Khan said. “This is unprecedented … in relation to the various things that we’re juggling.”
“There could be bad people wanting to cause damage to individuals or to some of our world leaders," ele adicionou. “So we are working incredibly hard – the police, the security services and many, many others – to make sure this state funeral is as successful as it can be.”
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Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said the “hugely complex” policing operation is the biggest in the London force’s history, surpassing the London 2012 Olimpíadas.
For the funeral, mais que 10,00 officers will be duty with the Met’s cops reinforced by police from all of Britain’s 43 forças.