Osinbajo departs for London to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Osinbajo departs for London to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

By Chijioke Okoronkwo, Abuja.

 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday departed Abuja for London, United Kingdom, to represent Nigeria at the state funeral for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said that the vice-president would join members of the Royal Family and other world leaders at a number of events, lined up for the funeral.

 

Members of the Commonwealth, Heads of State, Governors-General, Prime Ministers and foreign royal families will be at the ceremonies, including the funeral service scheduled to hold at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

 

Ahead of the service, the vice-president will be among guests and dignitaries to be received by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, at a reception in Buckingham Palace on Sunday.

 

Earlier on that day, Osinbajo will hold a bilateral meeting with the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly.

 

Queen Elizabeth II was the Head of the Commonwealth and the longest-serving British monarch.

 

She passed on at 96 on Sept. 8 at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

 

The vice-president will return to Nigeria after the state funeral on Monday.

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