Queen’s Funeral: US President Joe Biden driven in armoured limousine, other world leaders lumped in buses.
French president Emmanuel Macron, Israel’s Isaac Herzog and Canada’s Justin Trudeau also given an exemption.
Fears of gridlock on the road and tight securities reportedly necessitated the move to deploy buses.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault in King George VI Memorial Chapel, her final resting place, on Monday, hours after her funeral service at Westminster Abbey in London.
At the majestic Westminster Abbey, where the funeral was held, US president Joe Biden joined other world leaders to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96.
But footage of world leader’s arrival at the funeral has generated reactions online, with some noting that the United States President was given preferential treatment at the event.
While the US President was allowed to drive in with his official armoured Beast limousine in a convoy of other security vehicles, other world leaders were lumped into fleet of buses.
French president Emmanuel Macron, Israel’s Isaac Herzog and Canada’s Justin Trudeau were also given an exemption, according to report.
Kenya President William Ruto and his wife, Nigeria’s VP Yemi Osinbajo and Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu, were among dignitaries from Africa that arrived at the venue of the funeral by bus.
Fears of gridlock on the roads reportedly necessitated the move to deploy buses. “The logistics have been meticulously planned to try to make it as smooth as possible for those attending,” a source said.
“Tight security and road restrictions” were cited by Politico as the reasons, while an angry London-based foreign ambassador asked Politico : “Can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus?”