the rules given to guests for Elizabeth II’s funeral

the rules given to guests for Elizabeth II’s funeral

the rules given to guests for Elizabeth II’s funeral

The British authorities have made several recommendations to the leaders who will go on September 19 for the funeral of Elizabeth II, and in particular to encourage public transport.

No fewer than 500 dignitaries from around the world are expected on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London for Elizabeth II’s funeral. To prepare for this large-scale funeral, British authorities have sent several recommendations to guests, according to a document consulted by BFMTV and confirmed by a French ministerial source.

In particular, guests are encouraged to avoid private flights to the UK. Authorities “encourage the use of commercial flights whenever possible,” the note read.

If this recommendation is not respected, the authorities specify that only one private jet will be authorized per country and that it will not be able to land at London’s Heathrow Airport. They therefore encourage delegations to divert to “less congested airports”.

Prioritize public transport in London

Once on British soil, foreign leaders are once again encouraged to favor public transport. They could go to Westminster Abbey by bus and not by private car, according to information from the Politico website.

The British Prime Minister’s spokesman for his part made it clear on Monday that this organization will also depend on everyone’s “individual constraints”.

“Clearly, the modalities concerning in particular the means of transport of the garments will vary according to the individual constraints. Recommendations are only recommendations,” he indicated.

A trip to a select committee

Finally, guests are invited to present themselves as a select committee. Only the official representative of the invited country, as well as a companion, who will preferably be the spouse, will be able to access the ceremony.

The authorities “regret it because of the limited space […] other members of the family, staff or followers of the main guest cannot be admitted ”, the note further specifies.

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and many members of royal families from around the world are expected in London for this historic funeral.

Alexis Cuvillier and Emilie Roussey

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