- President Donald Trump posted a lengthy tribute to the Queen following her death on Thursday.
- Biden said he would attend the funeral, but CNN reported that it was up to him to invite former US presidents.
- About 2,000 people are expected for the Queen’s funeral, scheduled for September 19.
The royal family announced on Saturday that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on September 19, but who exactly will make the guest list is still up in the air.
The Queen died on Thursday at age 96 after a 70-year historic reign. Buckingham Palace had long planned his death, following which his son, the current King Charles III, immediately ascended the throne.
The Queen’s coffin is being prepared to lay in state at Westminster Hall for four days before the funeral to allow the public to pay their respects. Officials predict that more than one million people will attend.
A official funeral service is due to be held at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen was crowned and where she married Prince Philip in 1947. Around 2,000 people are expected, including European royal families and world leaders.
President Joe Biden said Friday that while he did not yet have details on the service, he would be attending. It is unclear if former US presidents will be on the guest list.
CNN reported on Friday that the UK was leaving that decision to Biden.
“A few diplomats have told me that Buckingham Palace leaves it up to each country individually,” said Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s chief national affairs correspondent, noting that former President Barack Obama had invited George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy. Carter to accompany him to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013.
“So there is a protocol for American presidents to invite other presidents,” he continued. “Who knows, maybe in the spirit of forgiveness and generosity, President Biden will invite Donald Trump to Air Force One. I doubt that will happen, but I expect some sort of bipartisan delegation.”
Former President Donald Trump, for his part, was a queen vocal fanthat he met on several official state visits during his presidency. Following news of her death, Trump shared a lengthy tribute to the Queen in a series of posts on Social truth.
“Melania and I will always cherish our time with the Queen, and will never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom and wonderful sense of humor. What a great and beautiful lady she was, there was no one there. like her !” he wrote, adding: “God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts, and may God keep her and Prince Philip in constant care.”
Trump also shared several Pictures of him and the Queen smiling together during their visits.
Trump and Biden, on the other hand, could be more hostile than ever the president’s speech on September 1 in which he declared that “MAGA Republicans” posed a danger to American democracy.
While discussing whether or not Biden would invite Trump to the funeral, CNN’s Jake Tapper said he thought it would be a “smart” move for the president to invite him and see if he goes. .
“I don’t think former President Trump would want to be subordinate to Air Force One, and I think he probably prefers his own plane anyway,” Tapper said.