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Joe Biden sat 14 rows back in aisle seat at Queen's funeral

Joe Biden sat 14 rows back in aisle seat at Queen's funeral

Not exactly a VIP spot...

Joe Biden might be the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world, but it seems that doesn't count for much when it comes the British monarchy.

As diplomats and world leaders took their seats at Westminster Abbey for the Queen's funeral today (19 September), people noticed that the POTUS and his wife Jill have been placed 14 rows back.

Biden flew to the UK on Saturday night in his Air Force One jet before being transported through London in his armoured limo nicknamed 'The Beast' amid a huge motorcade.

But when they finally made if to their destination, Biden and the First Lady weren't exactly given front row seats.

As outlined by The Telegraph, the US President is in the aisle seat 14 rows back of a section allocated to global heads of state.

He is placed behind Polish President Andrzej Duda and in front of Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

The outlet went on to say that Jill is sat besides Switzerland President Ignazio Cassis for the hour-long service, which started today at 11am.

Alongside those who bagged an invite to the historic event, it's predicted that a whopping 4.1 billion people are tuning in to the livestream.

US President Joe Biden has been given an aisle seat 14 rows back.
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The Queen's death was announced by the Royal Family on Thursday (8 September).

Following the ceremony, she will be buried on the grounds of Windsor Castle alongside her late husband Prince Philip.

After passing away in April 2021, he was buried in the Royal Vault at St George's Chapel. However, he is expected to be moved so he can be laid to rest next to his wife of 73 years.

Prior to the big day, Vahagn Khachaturyan, the Armenian President, appeared to break protocol when he was seen posing for a picture in front of the Queen’s coffin.

Just like the funeral, officials from around the world headed to Westminster Hall as the late monarch was lying in state for four days.

As Khachaturyan paid his respects from the VIP walkway, an aide seemingly took his photo on a mobile phone. 

The Armenian president appeared to break protocol when he was seen posing for a picture inside Westminster Hall.
BBC

Government guidance states that people shouldn’t photograph, film or use mobile phones inside the Palace of Westminster.

The Queen’s Lying-in-State information page notes: "Film, photograph, or use mobile phones or other handheld devices in the security search area and the Palace of Westminster."

Perhaps he didn't get the memo? UNILAD has approached Khachaturyan’s office for comment.

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Topics: The Queen, Joe Biden, World News, UK News, Royal Family