- President Donald Trump paid a long tribute to the Queen after her death on Thursday.
- Biden said he will attend the funeral, but he will be the one to invite former US presidents, CNN reported.
- Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the Queen’s funeral on September 19.
The royal family announced Saturday that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on September 19, but exactly who will make the guest list is still up in the air.
The Queen’s coffin is being prepared to lie in state at Westminster Hall four days ahead of schedule. funeral rites The public should be allowed to pay their respects. Officials expect more than a million people to attend.
A Official funeral service She married Prince Philip in 1947 at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen was crowned. Around 2,000 people are expected to attend, including the royal families of Europe and leaders from around the world.
President Joe Biden He said Friday that he will attend, although he does not yet have details of the service. It is unclear whether former US presidents will be on the guest list.
CNN Britain announced on Friday that it was leaving that decision to Biden.
“I was told by a couple of diplomats that Buckingham Palace leaves it up to each country individually,” said Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s chief national affairs correspondent, as former President Barack Obama visited George W. Bush mentioned calling Bill Clinton and Jimmy. Carter to go with him Nelson Mandela’s funeral In 2013.
“So there is protocol for US presidents to call other presidents,” he continued. “Who knows, maybe in a spirit of forgiveness and giving President Biden will invite Donald Trump on Air Force One. I doubt that will happen, but I expect some kind of bipartisan delegation.”
Former President Donald Trump, on his part, A Fan of Queen’s Voicewhom he Met on several official state visits During his presidency. After news of her death, Trump shared a lengthy tribute to the queen True community.
“Melania and I will always cherish our time with the Queen and will never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom and wonderful sense of humor. What a great and beautiful woman she was—there is no one like her!” He wrote: “God bless the Queen, may she reign in our hearts forever, and may God keep her and Prince Philip in constant care.”
Trump shared more Photographs He and the Queen laughed together during the visit.
Trump and Biden, on the other hand, may be more hostile than ever President’s Address on September 1 In it he argued that “MAGA Republicans” represented a danger to American democracy.
When discussing whether or not Biden would invite Trump to the funeral, CNN’s Jake Tapper said he thought it would be a “smart” move for the president to call him and see if he goes.
“I don’t think former President Trump would want to be a companion on Air Force One, I think he’d love his own plane anyway,” Tapper said.