President Biden may be the most powerful man in the world, but that hasn’t ensured him a front row seat at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday.
President and First Lady Jill Biden were seated in 14 rows during the service at Westminster Abbey, which was attended by 2,000 guests – including some 500 of the world’s presidents, kings, princes and prime ministers.
Perhaps it was taken into account that the couple were among the few dignitaries who were allowed to travel in their own presidential limousine, nicknamed “The Beast”, for security reasons.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most other leaders were taken to the funeral in shuttle buses due to tight security and road restrictions in place across London.
The Guardian reported that his own transportation meant the Bidens also arrived later than scheduled after getting stuck in stalled traffic.
Once they finally arrived outside Westminster, the President and First Lady were forced to wait to take their seats, so as not to interrupt the painstakingly choreographed funeral.
The couple had to wait a while at the door of the church as a procession of George and Victoria cross-holders – who were awarded the highest military honours – walked into the abbey.
According to the seating plan released on Monday, Biden was seated behind Polish President Andrzej Duda and in front of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
Jill Biden sits next to the President of Switzerland, Ignazio Cassis.
At the top were the leaders of Commonwealth countries and those who still regard the monarch of the UK as their head of state.
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Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were given more prominent seats inside the abbey than Biden.
The Queen’s Service marked the first state funeral in Britain since Winston Churchill was honored in 1965.