World leaders, including those from the Arab region, have arrived in London ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, King Charles III held a reception at Buckingham Palace where global leaders paid their condolences following the passing of the Queen.

Several notable royals from the Arab region were present including Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and his wife Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani; His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain; His Highness Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, the Sultan of Oman; His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al Ahmad A Jaber Al Sabah, the Crown Prince of Kuwait; and many more.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was also present at the reception where he offered his condolences to King Charles II following his late mother’s death and outlined the “significant role” Her Majesty had in solidifying the bonds between the UAE and UK throughout her reign.

“The historical ties between the two nations will continue to grow deeper and stronger to serve the peoples of both countries and strengthen regional and international security, stability and peace,” he added.

Following the Queen’s death on September 8, 2022, the UK has been in a 10-day national mourning period, which will end today after Her Majesty’s funeral.

The Queen has been lying-in-state at Westminster Hall for the last four days, where the British public have been queuing to pay their respects to the late monarch.

The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, a short distance away from Westminster Hall, where thousands are expected to attend, and then her coffin will be transferred to Windsor Castle for a more intimate service and where she will be privately buried alongside her husband Prince Philip.

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