UK’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss will reportedly meet face-to-face with President Joe Biden ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

Truss, who was thrust into power just 10 days ago, is expected to meet with a handful of world leaders in London before paying her respects to Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday at age 96, will be officially celebrated at her state funeral on Monday, Sept. 19.

While it was widely reported that no diplomatic events would be taking place out of respect for the late monarch, a source told The Times the new PM is looking to use the occasion as an opportunity to speak with other leaders.

It’s reported that the world leaders will not be posing for photographs or partaking in any press conferences. The issues they discuss will also remain under wraps.

“They will primarily be about paying their respects and will be low key,” a source told The Times.

Biden is flying out to London for the state funeral which will be attended by over 500 world leaders.
The meeting’s agenda is being held under wraps and no photos will be taken.
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It will be the first time Truss meets Biden as prime minister.

Biden formally accepted his invitation to attend Her Majesty’s funeral this week, saying he will travel to England with First Lady Jill Biden for the service at London’s Westminster Abbey.

The POTUS this week told the King he wanted a “close relationship” moving forward during the pair’s first call since the Queen’s death.

He called to “offer his condolences” and “recalled fondly the Queen’s kindness and hospitality, including when she hosted him and the First Lady at Windsor Castle last June,” the White House said.

The Queen's coffin lies in state before the state funeral on Monday, September 19.
The Queen’s state funeral is expected to be attended by over 500 world leaders.
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The ceremony is expected to be attended by scores of world leaders.

The first state funeral in Britain since Winston Churchill’s in 1965, it will be attended by royals from the UK and abroad, British politicians and 500 heads of state from around the world.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin will not be in attendance. A Kremlin spokesperson said Putin sent the new king a note expressing his condolence.

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to attend, as is Japan’s, Emperor Naruhito. India’s president Droupadi Murmu will also be attending.

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Her funeral will mark the end of the 10-day period of national mourning and will be a public holiday across the UK.



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