US President Joe Biden gathered in front of Elizabeth II’s coffin in London on Sunday, like many foreign leaders who came for the sovereign’s funeral on Monday.
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Mr. Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, made the sign of the cross from a gallery of Westminster Hall, where the public has been parading since Wednesday and where the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen or even the King of Spain, Felipe VI.
The first lady of Ukraine moved by the coffin of Elizabeth II
The first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, appeared very emotional on Sunday in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, before being received by the Princess of Wales for her first visit to the United Kingdom, a key ally of kyiv since the Russian invasion.
Ms. Zelenska stopped for a few moments on the gallery of Westminster Hall, where foreign dignitaries paraded all day, to meditate before the closed coffin of the sovereign who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Olena Zelenska was then received one-on-one by Kate, the wife of the heir to the throne William, at Buckingham Palace, where Charles III gathered in the evening the Heads of State and Government who had come for the funeral. , according to the images of the meeting released.
Ukraine’s first lady is therefore expected to represent Volodymyr Zelensky at the funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, attended by 2,000 guests, although her attendance has not been officially confirmed. Russia was not invited.
The UK has been at the forefront of support for Ukraine in the face of Russia, supplying Kyiv with lethal weapons before the invasion was launched in February and advocating for tougher Western sanctions against Moscow.
If the British royal family does not intervene in political affairs, it announced in March that Elizabeth II had made a “generous donation” to humanitarian associations working in Ukraine.
Coming out of their reserve, Charles, then heir, and his son William had taken a stand against the Russian invasion.
A screenwriter by profession, Olena Zelenska has, since the start of the war in her country in February, made her voice heard more and more in favor of her people.
On Wednesday, she received a standing ovation at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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