At the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, hundreds of world leaders, royals, and dignitaries of every shape crowded Westminster Abbey, the seating chart is imbued with meaning. Still, the position of U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden was a huge surprise as they were stationed 14 rows back.
They were behind the president of Poland and ahead of the Czech Republic prime minister. The president of Switzerland sat one seat over, next to the U.S. First Lady.
The reason why is ridiculous, he was late for the funeral!
While most VIPs took the bus to Westminster Abbey, the Bidens showed up in “the Beast,” the heavily armored limousine that travels with the U.S. President. Biden got one of few exceptions to the strict security protocols around the event, which forbade the guests from taking private aircraft to London and using foreign or state vehicles.
But that wasn’t enough, scenes inside the abbey were no less bizarre as Biden was filmed playing with his tongue.
The president’s tardiness was spotted by eagle-eyed viewers, with one tweeter saying that he was sure that the problem was going to be him staying awake during the funeral.
Biden had already created a bit of a furor because he needed a cue card for what he was going to write in the condolence book for the Queen.
US President Joe #Biden provoked a great reaction while attending the memorial service of the late British Queen #Elizabeth_II, after he used a cue card again to help him remember what he would write in the condolence letter.#USA #Britain pic.twitter.com/v4tghiS3FU
— خالد اسكيف (@khalediskef) September 19, 2022
Not exactly the best look for the alleged leader of the free world.
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