Crowned heads and prime ministers, emperors and presidents from around the world gathered for the Queen’s state funeral, in one of many greatest diplomatic gatherings hosted within the UK in a long time.

US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and their controversial Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro have been among the leaders current at the service in London’s historic Westminster Abbey.

Face-to-face mingling continued afterwards at a reception for visiting world leaders at close by Church House, hosted by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.

Not everybody made it, with Mr Biden heading from the Abbey straight to the airport and other leaders already on their approach to New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

But Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and his spouse, Empress Masako, on their first go to overseas since he was topped in 2019, took the chance to signal a ebook of condolence at Church House.

Traditionally, Japanese emperors don’t attend funerals due to a cultural perception which considers loss of life to be impure.

At the reception afterwards, the emperor was “quite happy to talk to anybody and everybody and did so with great charm”, a Foreign Office supply said.

The presidents of Greece, Namibia, South Korea, the Republic of the Congo have been additionally pictured signing the ebook, as was Prince Albert of Monaco and European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Pakistan’s government tweeted pictures of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif mingling with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and former prime ministers Boris Johnson and David Cameron at the occasion.

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