King Charles greets world leaders at Buckingham Palace for ‘reception of the century’

US President Joe Biden accompanied by the First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. King Charles III is holding a reception at Buckingham Palace for heads of state and other leaders on Sunday evening ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.     Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS
US President Joe Biden accompanied by the First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. King Charles III is holding a reception at Buckingham Palace for heads of state and other leaders on Sunday evening ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS
Hundreds of leaders from around the world gathered at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening, ahead of the Queen's funeral. 

United States President Joe Biden, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the world leaders who attended the state reception at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening (local time).

Described as ‘the reception of the century’, it was the first state reception for the British Monarch since the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s father George VI in 1952.

The Princess of Wales (left) speaks with the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, as she welcomes her to Buckingham Palace in London, ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2022. Kirsty O’Connor/Pool via REUTERS

The hundreds of dignitaries were greeted by King Charles and other working royals including the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not in attendance, as it was established for working royals only.

President Biden and his wife Jill arrived in a private vehicle, while other world leaders were transported in buses, including President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, Emperor Naruhito of Japan and British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The Buckingham Palace reception went for an hour, with royalty, presidents, prime ministers and dignitaries from 200 countries in attendance.

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