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  • "Room for one more inside". Foreign dignitaries must share buses for Queen's funeral

    I missed this on Sunday

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-queen-funeral

    Foreign heads of state arriving for the Queen’s funeral must travel by bus en masse to Westminster Abbey, rather than using private cars, according to newly issued government guidance.

    The documents, seen by the Guardian, set out strict rules for the dozens of international presidents, kings, queens and prime ministers expected to attend the funeral, urging them to travel by commercial flights to avoid swamping London’s airports.

    The instructions lay bare the logistical challenge of accommodating the sheer number of overseas dignitaries who will be arriving in London over next weekend – and will pose a dilemma for Joe Biden, who is likely to require a significant amount of additional security. The US president has confirmed he will attend the funeral in person.

    The guidance, first reported by Politico, says that international guests must keep their delegations as small as possible and that funeral invitations are limited ideally to the head of state and their spouse, without their family or staff.

    It said the government “regrets that, because of limited space at the state funeral service and associated events, no other members of the principal guest’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted”.

    The guidance adds: “The royal funeral unit would therefore be grateful if accompanying delegations can be kept as small as possible. This will also reduce disruption and transit time at airports. Where possible, overseas representatives should plan to arrive in the UK at least one day before the state funeral or the first event, which they are attending.”

    It also says Heathrow will not be available for private flight arrangements or aircraft parking and says heads of state should use other London airports if they cannot fly commercially. It says the government will decline the use of helicopter transport because of the sheer volume of guests.

    The guidance also advises foreign leaders that “it will not be possible to display flags at any airport for arrival or departure”.

    London’s streets are unable to cope with the volume of private cars of foreign leaders expecting to attend the funeral. Instead, they will be taken to a separate site in London where the government will “provide coach transport from a central assembly point … Because of traffic restrictions, it will not be possible for guests to travel to such events in their own vehicles.”



    Oh yesterday the back-pedal.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...licopter-biden

    The British and US governments have played down suggestions that Joe Biden could be banned from using a helicopter and obliged to travel by bus when he and leaders from around the world congregate in London for the Queen’s funeral next week.

    Speculation over the travel arrangements for foreign dignitaries expected to attend the service next Monday intensified on Sunday after government documents emerged saying foreign heads of state would have to ride en masse in a bus to Westminster Abbey rather than using private cars.

    The guidance, seen by the Guardian and first reported by Politico, set out strict rules for the dozens of presidents, kings, queens and prime ministers expected to attend the funeral, urging them to travel by commercial flights to avoid putting too much strain on London’s airports.

    The protocol message also said international guests must keep their delegations as small as possible, and that funeral invitations were limited ideally to the head of state and their spouse.

    Like his predecessors, Biden – who confirmed his attendance over the weekend – usually gets about on foreign trips by helicopter and in the heavily armoured presidential car known as the Beast.

    Asked about the reports on Monday, the spokesperson for the new British prime minister, Liz Truss, stressed the “arrangements for different leaders will vary”, and said the documents in question were simply for guidance.

    A senior US official said the White House had received the generic invitation letter, limiting attendance to the head of state and their spouse.

    The White House spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, also told reporters that the invitation had been extended only to the president and the first lady.

    Asked whether Biden would bring any former US presidents with him - were he allowed to do so - Jean-Pierre said any such decision would be taken by the British government.

    “They decide who gets invited,” she said. “Again, the invite was for the president and the first lady only. It is for them to move to decide on how they’re going to proceed with invites, and they have.”

    It is not clear how much Biden will be given special treatment. When the US president travels to London, Air Force One tends to use Stansted airport, as it causes too much disruption at Heathrow, though for Biden’s visit last year it used RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.

    According to Politico, one foreign ambassador based in London sent a WhatsApp message early on Sunday that read: “Can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus?”

    Timothy Miller, a security specialist and former US secret service agent, was blunter still. “The bottom line is the president of the United States would never fly commercial and/or ride on a bus,” he said.

    Last edited by Hypatia_Alexandria; 09-13-2022, 07:05 AM.
    "It ain't necessarily so
    The things that you're liable
    To read in the Bible
    It ain't necessarily so
    ."

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  • #2

    I'm always still in trouble again

    "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
    "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
    "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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    • #3
      How about a couple of these?

      "It ain't necessarily so
      The things that you're liable
      To read in the Bible
      It ain't necessarily so
      ."

      Sportin' Life
      Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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      • #4
        I should use that... not sure what date I should set it as though....

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        • #5
          They should walk or use horses. Go green!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sparko View Post
            They should walk or use horses. Go green!
            Give the whole lot of 'em Segways. Watching all of them rolling along after the procession would be something I'd actually watch.

            Besides, since they're electric, they could pretend that they're green and not consuming energy.

            I'm always still in trouble again

            "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
            "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
            "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sparko View Post
              They should walk or use horses. Go green!
              Boris and "Brian" could ride their bicycles!



              "It ain't necessarily so
              The things that you're liable
              To read in the Bible
              It ain't necessarily so
              ."

              Sportin' Life
              Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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              • #8
                Good. Let the climate elitists eat the same bread they want us to swallow.


                Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post



                  That looks old enough to have been his bike as a kid

                  I'm always still in trouble again

                  "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                  "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                  "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                    Give the whole lot of 'em Segways. Watching all of them rolling along after the procession would be something I'd actually watch.

                    Besides, since they're electric, they could pretend that they're green and not consuming energy.
                    Vivat Brian Pern

                    "It ain't necessarily so
                    The things that you're liable
                    To read in the Bible
                    It ain't necessarily so
                    ."

                    Sportin' Life
                    Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

                    Comment

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