All aboard the world’s most exclusive bus, finally: Kenyan President Ruto posts photo of him with other African leaders on the shuttle taking them to and from the Queen’s funeral (after a 20-minute queue in true London style)
- The President was seen with his wife Rachel on their way to attend the funeral
- The photo also showed Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of Tanzania on board
- The British government asked visiting heads of state to arrive by bus
- Some world leaders, such as Joe Biden, were allowed to take private vehicles
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Kenya’s newly elected President William Ruto posted a photo of himself and other African leaders heading to Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The president was seen with his wife Rachel on their way to attend the funeral on Monday.
The photo showed Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of Tanzania, sitting next to her Deputy Foreign Minister Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk.
The British government issued a directive asking presidents attending the Queen’s funeral to arrive by coach rather than take their own transport.
But some world leaders, such as US President Joe Biden, were allowed to visit in private vehicles.
Some of Europe’s royals, it emerged, waited up to 20 minutes at a bus stop after the Queen’s coffin began its journey from Westminster Abbey to Windsor.
The President was seen with his wife Rachel on the left of the third row of the coach in the picture, on their way to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of Tanzania, is pictured on the right side of the second row
President Ruto is pictured greeting King Charles III during the Queen’s funeral procession
President Ruto won the August 9 election in East Africa’s most stable democracy, overtaking longtime opposition figure Raila Odinga in a surprise victory, heading to Britain to attend the queen’s funeral weeks later.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Catherine, Princess of Wales look on as HM Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is carried out of the doors of Westminster Abbey
In the queue were Felipe VI, King of Spain, as well as Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, with his wife Maxima, Margareta, Crown Princess of Romania, and Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, according to Daily Telegraph.
Simeon II, the last tsar of Bulgaria, who ruled from 1943 to 1946 and later became the country’s president, also waited, as did the German relations of the late Prince Philip.
Justin Trudeau, the President of Canada, as well as Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, were also in line for the coach.
Other African dignitaries were on the bus after heads of state from around the globe arrived at the weekend to pay tribute to Her Majesty.
President Ruto won the August 9 election in East Africa’s most stable democracy, beating longtime opposition figure Raila Odinga in a surprise victory after Kenya’s Supreme Court refused to challenge the official results.
The ambitious Ruto, who portrayed himself as a champion of the poor and downtrodden during the election campaign, has vowed to reach out to his rivals in the deeply divided country and tackle its economic woes and endemic corruption.
It comes after Biden’s limousine stalled outside a Pret a Manger coffee shop in central London on his way to King Charles III’s banquet.
Biden and his wife Jill were seen in the back of their presidential car, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, as it got stuck in busy London traffic on Sunday evening.
Members of the public were shocked to see the US president and first lady drive past them near Marble Arch in central London.
A member of London’s Met Police Special Escort Group was seen riding past the Beast on a motorbike to clear the traffic ahead.
The leader of the free world flew back to the US on Air Force One just after the ceremony – before the Queen’s commitment and funeral – after he was given an aisle seat among the 2,000 mourners from around the world at Westminster Abbey.