Queen Elizabeth II: Osinbajo, World leaders to attend state funeral today

-Ikenna Okafor

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has paid his last respect by signing the condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II at the Lancaster House in London.
In a statement released by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Professor Yemi osinbajo described the Queen as a Monarch for all seasons.

Other World leaders who attended the lying in state included the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, and French President, Emmanuel Macron, among other royals and Heads of State and Government.
Meanwhile, in continuation of his visit to the United Kingdom, the Vice President shall be in attendance when Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, will be honoured with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey today

According to the programme of events, the funeral will begin at 3.30 pm. Prince William and his wife Catherine’s 9-year-old son Prince George and 7-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. Their 4-year-old brother Prince Louis is not expected to be in attendance. Prince George, who is now second in line to the throne, and his sister will walk through Westminster Abbey with the royal family in procession behind the queen’s coffin. They will be followed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and other royal family members.
Yesterday, the new monarch King Charles III hosted the Vice President and other visiting World leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace as part of activities for the State Funeral of the British monarch.

It could also be recalled that Professor Yemi Osinbajo held a bilateral meeting with Mr James Cleverly, UK Foreign Secretary. The improvement of trade ties between both countries was top on the list of discussions the duo had. They also discussed the possibility of expanding opportunities for Nigerian businesses and supporting the country’s climate objectives.

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