Osinbajo, Biden as well as the prime ministers of Canada, Justin Trudeau; Australia, Anthony Albanese and New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, are already in the UK ahead of the funeral. Other Commonwealth leaders expected to attend include Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. India will be represented by President Droupadi Murmu.
In a rare gathering of world leaders, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, US President Joe Biden, and about 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries will attend today’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth II reigned as Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from February 6, 1952, until her death on September 8, 2022. She was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, and died on September 8, 2022. During her lifetime, she held the regency over 32 sovereign states, and there were 15 at the time of her passing.
Her 70 years and 214 days of reigning are the longest of any British monarch, the longest of any woman to hold the office of head of state in history, and the second-longest reign that has been independently verified of any monarch in history.