Osinbajo in London ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

By our reporter| The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has arrived in London ahead of the state funeral for the late Queen Elizabeth ll of the United Kingdom.

Professor Osinbajo who departed Abuja on Saturday would represent Nigeria at a number of events while in the UK, including the funeral service.

According to Laolu Akande, the vice president’s spokesman, Osinbajo, who arrived in London on Sunday, paid respects at the Queen’s Lying in State at Westminster.

He also signed the condolence register, saying, “Nigeria joins government, people of UK, Commonwealth, and rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolence to the royal family on the passing of a monarch for all seasons. May the Lord bless her memory.”

Thereafter, Akande in a tweet, said Professor Osinbajo was received by UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, James Cleverly.

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At the meeting, Cleverly expressed gratitude for Nigeria’s solidarity with the UK at its time of grief and both men discussed the interest of the British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, in deepening the relationship with Nigeria.

Later in the evening (on Sunday), the Vice President would be received alongside the world leaders – including members of the Commonwealth, Heads of State, Governors-General, Prime Ministers, and foreign royal families – by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at a reception in Buckingham Palace.

Akande said that Professor Osinbajo would also join members of the royal family and the world leaders at the funeral service scheduled to hold at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

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Queen Elizabeth ll was the Head of the Commonwealth and the longest serving British monarch. She passed on at 96 on September 8 at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Ahead of her funeral, more world leaders have begun to arrive in London, with 500 Heads of State and foreign dignitaries invited.

Earlier on Sunday, US President Joe Biden who was in Westminster Hall alongside his wife, Jill, to pay his respects to the late British monarch, was filmed appearing on the balcony overlooking Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.

Others such as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, also paid their respects to the late queen as her body lies in state in Westminster Hall.

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