More than 500 heads of state and government from around the world attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday. An event for which London has shielded the city with a safety device with more than 5,000 agents who will be joined by a reinforcement of another 1,500 and volunteers. In addition, the Police has aerial means and tracking dogs in the means of transport.
That of Elizabeth II is the first state funeral to be held in the 21st century in the United Kingdom, which has not experienced similar ceremonies since the death of George VI, in 1952, and that of the Prime Minister Winston Churchillin 1965. In addition, this is the largest event with foreign leaders that the British Foreign Office has coordinated in modern times.
To such an extent that walking through the center of the British capital, and more through the near Buckingham Palace, has become a true odyssey. Access cut off, fences to restrict access, helicopters flying over London and Security agents on every corner has become the usual trend in the city since the death of Queen Elizabeth II was known. And they have intensified in recent days as the date of her state funeral approaches.
Who are the guests?
Scotland Yard and City Police are dusting prepared plans years ago to ensure the safety of attendees, including kings and world political leaders, including the president of the United States, Joe Bidenthe president of France, Emmanuel Macronas well as the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenand that of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Los Reyes don Felipe and Doña Letiziathe King Emeritus Juan Carlos and the queen Sofia They will also go to Westminster Abbey to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II before her funeral on Monday. An appointment to which the kings Willem-Alexander and Máxima of Holland, Felipe and Matilde of Belgium, Margarita II of Denmark, among others, are also invited.
In addition to leaders from around the world, millions of people are expected to flock to London, including real fans, which have been involved in several incidents this week. Many of them are already in the capital, where they have attended the commemorative events.