Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Queen Elizabeth’s coffin on display in Westminster Hall on Saturday (17.09.22).
The politician and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, were seen bowing their heads as they paid tribute to the late British monarch – who died aged 96 on September 8.
Trudeau – who had hailed the Queen as one of his “favorite people in the world” – also met King Charles at a lunch reception at Buckingham Palace, as did Anthony Albanese from Australia, Philip Davis from the Bahamas , Andrew Holness from Jamaica and New Jacinda Ardern from Zeeland.
US President Joe Biden is expected to pay his respects ahead of the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday (19.09.22), which will be attended by 100 presidents and heads of government.
Former US President Donald Trump has been dropped from the guest list for the funeral in London but received an invitation from the British government for the “Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”, according to The Telegraph newspaper.
The service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral, which seats about 1,700 people, on Wednesday (9/21/22).
The cathedral has previously hosted state funerals for former US Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George HW Bush.
The American Queen Elizabeth Memorial Service is hosted by the British Embassy in Washington.
In a previous statement on Queen Elizabeth after her death, Trump wrote: “Melania and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Along with our family and fellow Americans, we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom at this time of great sadness and grief.
“Melania and I will always cherish our time with the Queen, and will never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom and wonderful sense of humor. What a great and beautiful lady she was, there was no one there. like her !”