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A Chinese government delegation has been banned from attending the lying in state of the Queen, according to the BBC.

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BBC Radio 4’s Today programme reported this morning that the speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has refused permission for a Chinese government delegation to attend the lying in state in Westminster Hall, because of Chinese sanctions against five British MPs and two peers.

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Thousands continue to queue to pay their last respects to the Queen. The line is right now 3.9 miles long with a wait time of at least 11 hoursaccording to the latest estimates of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports.

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The Chinese government delegation was forbidden to attend lying in state

A Chinese government delegation has been banned from attending the Queen’s lie-in-state, according to the BBC.

BBC Radio 4’s Today program reported this morning that the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, had refused to allow a Chinese government delegation to attend the outing at Westminster Hall, due to Chinese sanctions against five British MPs and two their bonds. .

Here are some further details from Patrick Wintour’s report on Mohammed bin Salman’s reported plan to offer his country’s condolences to the royal family.

No explanation has been given by British or Saudi sources about Prince Mohammed’s detailed plans for the weekend, but sensitive judgments are still being made about whether his presence at the funeral would represent an unacceptable security threat or distract from the commemoration. queen over his protests. presence can cause.

The United Kingdom in 2020 imposed sanctions on six named Saudis for the alleged assassination of Khashoggi. Some of them were senior advisers to the crown prince, including Ahmed al-Asiri, deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services. Saud bin Abdullah al-Qahtani, adviser to the crown prince in the royal court. Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy, medical examiner in the Saudi Ministry of Interior; Mustafa al-Madani, brigadier general and intelligence officer in Saudi Arabia; Naif Hassan al-Arifi, foreign intelligence lieutenant. and Major General Mansour Othman Abahussain.

Prince Mohammed has always denied knowledge of the attack. In 2020 a Saudi Arabian court overturned five death sentences for Khashoggi’s murder, in a ruling that sentenced eight defendants to between seven and 20 years in prison.

The crown prince last visited the UK in June 2018, when the UK welcomed Saudi Arabia for launching a major domestic reform programme.

As part of a deep connection between the royal family and the Gulf monarchies, King Charles III was a frequent visitor to Saudi Arabia. It is the most frequently visited country in the Middle East, having made up to 12 official visits since he was Prince Charles in 1967.

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Julia Gillard says Australia will eventually become a democracy, but has backed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s view that it is too early to talk.

The former Australian prime minister told the ABC, in her first interview since the queen’s death, that Albanese was right to delay considering a democracy for a future government term.

Before flying to London on Thursday, Albanese said the Queen’s death had made Australians “more aware of our system of government”, but declined to consider the timing of a referendum beyond the fact that the his government’s first priority is to recognize First Nations people. constitution.

Gillard said that at its center the Queen’s death is a human story of loss and grief. “A family has lost a beloved member and because the family is so in the public arena, we are sharing this moment,” he said.

Gillard said everyone’s experience of the monarchy was different, but for many Australians the Queen represented continuity “in a chaotic and broken world”.

Asked if she still thought the Queen’s death would be the right time to step away from being a British head of state, Gillard said: “Yes, I’ve always thought that when the Queen leaves us, that there will be a period of reflection.”

“I’ve always thought that in Australia too it will unleash a new set of reflections on our own constitutional arrangements.

“But there is no rush and I certainly subscribe to what the prime minister said. There is time for measured discussion. It’s certainly too early for that now.”

Good morning. Mourners spent another night queuing for miles and hours to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who lies in state at London’s Westminster Hall.

Today, the King will travel to Wales to attend a service at Llandaff Cathedral, before visiting the Welsh Parliament and meeting members of the Senedd. He will then travel to Cardiff Castle to meet First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford and the presiding officer, before attending a reception hosted by the Welsh Government.

Anti-monarchy protesters are expected to gather outside the castle for a silent demonstration at 1pm.

On his return to Buckingham Palace, King Charles will meet with religious leaders in the Bow Room.

Later on Friday night, King Charles will lead his siblings as they stand to watch the Queen’s coffin during her official stay in state.

Here are some other developments:

  • Mohammed bin Salman will extend his country’s condolences to the royal family, a source told the Guardian, but there has been no confirmation whether he will attend the Queen’s funeral. It will be his first visit to the UK since the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and subsequent British sanctions.

  • A group of parliamentarians and bonds under sanctions from China have expressed serious concerns about the Chinese government’s invitation to the funeral.

  • Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Australia will eventually become a democracy but he has backed the view of the current prime minister, Anthony Albanese, that it is too early to talk.

  • Queen Elizabeth II to be buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor in a private ceremony attended by her family on Monday after her funeral at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

  • Heathrow Airport has announced it will suspend all flights for 15 minutes before the two-minute national silence on Monday and 15 minutes afterwards as a “mark of respect” to the royal family.

  • The House of Commons will meet again from next Thursday and the coming outage will be reduced by almost a week, as announced.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the Queenreflecting on meeting her for the first time when she was just a child and saying that Canadians “feel like they’ve lost a family member.”

  • Vehicles from US President Joe Biden’s motorcade have been spotted in London as the city prepares to welcome hundreds of foreign dignitaries ahead of the Queen’s funeral.

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