Queen’s death: Leaders ‘to avoid private jets and take coach to funeral’

World leaders urged to shun private jets and 'take coach' to Queen's funeral

A long list of world leaders are expected to appear for the service on September 19 (Image: Reuters/Rex/PA/Getty Images)

Foreign heads of state should all take an escorted coach to the Queen’s funeral together, according to a new report.

State cars are banned and world leaders will apparently travel en masse from a location in west London due to “strict security measures and road restrictions”.

They were also urged to reach the UK on commercial planes “where possible”, it is believed.

In addition, they have stopped using helicopters “due to the number of flights currently operating,” according to leaked documents seen by Politico.

A foreign ambassador is said to have asked “can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus?” after the UK Foreign Office sent a document detailing the plans to embassies around the world on Saturday.

It comes as the White House confirms that Biden will travel with his wife Jill to say goodbye to the beloved British monarch.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are expected to attend the funeral on September 19.

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The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in the Royal Standard of Scotland, passes the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, on its journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where it will rest for the day.  Photo date: Sunday, September 11, 2022. PA Photo.  Check out the story of PA DEATH Queen.  Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, passes the Royal Mile, Edinburgh (Image: PA)

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron are also likely to travel to pay their respects to Her Majesty, among many other world leaders.

Due to limited space, leaders are only allowed to have their spouses on duty, it is said.

“No other members of the principal visitor’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted,” the document states.

Official plans for the funeral have yet to be determined, but Westminster Abbey has room for 2,000 people.

Heads of state who cannot come may choose someone else as their official representative.

Attendees will meet King Charles III at a reception at Buckingham Palace the night before the funeral, it is reported.

They will be able to visit the Queen’s body when it lies in state and sign a book of condolence at Lancaster House.

Metro has reached out to the FCDO for comment.

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