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World leaders and public figures arrive in London to attend Queen's funeral

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By Heather Donald
US president Joe Biden signing condolences book
US president Joe Biden signing condolences book   -   Copyright  AFP

Heads of state and members of royal families from across the globe began flocking to Westminster Hall on Sunday, arriving to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II and view her coffin ahead of her funeral.

As some signed the official condolence book, they were reminded of times they had spent with the late monarch.

US President Joe Biden mentioned a funny anecdote of her continually offering him crumpets when he visited for tea while he kept eating them.

“But she was the same person as her image: decent, honourable and all about service", he added.

Representing the European Union institutions in London were President of the European Council Charles Michel and EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrived to a flurry of media attention.

The new monarch, King Charles III, has so far greeted hundreds of leaders at Buckingham palace. Most arrived via bus, with huge coaches seen driving through the Palace gates.

Making a difficult journey to say a final farewell to the Queen was the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.