- The UK said foreign leaders should use escort buses to get to the Queen’s funeral.
- But she later backtracked, saying President Joe Biden could use his private car for his own security.
- The UK government has recast its seemingly strict rules as “guidelines” with exceptions.
The United Kingdom has said President Joe Biden will not succumb to advice that foreign leaders should travel to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral by bus.
I mentioned Politico On Sunday foreign leaders were told to reach the UK by commercial flights, and that they would be taken to the funeral in Westminster, London by escorted shuttle buses “due to heightened security and road restrictions”.
But Biden will be allowed to travel through London in his armored car, The Times of London reported on Monday.
British government sources told The Times that he would allow Biden to take his car to the funeral for security reasons, in line with his travel arrangements for other visits.
Prime Minister’s spokeswoman Liz Truss told a media briefing on Monday that travel requests were a “guideline” rather than a rule.
“The arrangements for commanders and how they travel will vary depending on individual circumstances,” they said.
“Arrangements for different leaders will differ depending on things like security risks.”
As the Prime Minister’s Office said “yes” when asked if Biden could choose his own means of transportation to get around London, According to a HuffPost report.
The newspaper reported that some other world leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, are also likely to take their own cars for security reasons.
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