Joe Biden meditates in front of Elizabeth II’s coffin

US President Joe Biden gathered in front of Elizabeth II’s coffin in London on Sunday, as did many foreign leaders who arrived 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 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen or even the King of Spain, Philip VI


The First Lady of Ukraine moves at the coffin of Elizabeth II


Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska expressed great emotion in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday before being received by the Princess of Wales for her first visit to the United Kingdom, a key ally of Kiev since the Russian invasion .

Ms Zelenska paused for a few moments in the gallery of Westminster Hall, where throughout the day foreign dignitaries marched to meditate before the closed coffin of the sovereign, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.

Olena Zelenska was then received by Kate, wife of the heir to the throne, William, at Buckingham Palace, where Charles III. in the evening the heads of state and government who had come to the funeral released the pictures of the meeting.


The First Lady of Ukraine is therefore expected to represent Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the funeral in Westminster Abbey on Monday, which will be attended by 2,000 guests, although her attendance has not been officially confirmed. Russia was not invited.

Britain has been at the forefront of supporting Ukraine against Russia, supplying Kyiv with deadly weapons before the invasion began in February and lobbiing for tougher Western sanctions against Moscow.

When the British royal family is not interfering in political affairs, it announced in March that Elizabeth II had made a “generous donation” to humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine.

Charles, the heir at the time, and his son William had stood up against the Russian invasion from their reserve.

Olena Zelenska, a screenwriter by trade, has been making her people’s voices heard ever since war began in her country in February.

On Wednesday she received a standing ovation in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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