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World leaders arrive in Britain for Queen’s funeral

London: World leaders began gathering in London on Saturday for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Police are stepping up Britain’s biggest security operation ever for Monday’s funeral, as hundreds of dignitaries, including US President Joe Biden, prepare to board the plane.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss met with her Australian and New Zealand counterparts who arrived in the city ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Truss met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern at the government’s Chevening Country residence outside London on Saturday.

Ardern said the talks focused on the death of the Queen and King Charles III, as well as the war in Ukraine and Britain’s free trade agreement with New Zealand.

The truss meeting with Albany also touched on business. The Australian leader signed a condolence book for the Queen’s family with her partner Jodie Hayden.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also signed the condolence book.

Millions of people to watch funeral ceremony on Monday

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey – which is expected to be witnessed by millions around the world – will see 142 sailors pulling a gun-cart carrying her lead-lined coffin.

The first state funeral in Britain since the death of Winston Churchill in 1965 will take place at Westminster Abbey in London at 11:00 a.m. local time.

It will be attended by more than 2,000 guests, but leaders from countries at conflict with Britain such as Russia, Belarus and Afghanistan have not been invited.

The city’s Metropolitan Police Force said on Friday it would be London’s largest police event ever.

More than 2,000 officers from across the country have been roped in to help Scotland Yard.

Following the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred to Windsor Castle, west of London, for a committed service.

This will be followed by a family-only burial in which the Queen will be laid to rest with her late husband Philip, both her parents and her younger sister.

On Saturday, King Charles III and his son Prince William met some of the thousands of people queuing to see Queen Elizabeth II as she is in state.

The new king and his successor shook hands and chatted with people at Lambeth Bridge, with many mourners queuing overnight to see the late monarch at Westminster Hall.

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