Buckingham Palace did not invite President Joe Biden to assemble a delegation to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next week, and instead issued a special invitation only for the president and first lady, a White House official told CNN.
The White House announced on Sunday that Biden had officially accepted the invitation and would be accompanied by the First Lady.
Previous state funerals, such as that for former South African President Nelson Mandela, have allowed the incumbent to bring a delegation of officials to the event.
The state funeral for the Queen will be held at Westminster Abbey on September 19 and she will be buried at Westminster Hall from Wednesday, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
The Queen’s coffin arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday after making a six-hour journey from Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital. Britain’s longest-serving monarch died at her Scottish country home in Balmoral on Thursday, aged 96.