Osinbajo attends Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will leave Abuja for London on Saturday to represent Nigeria at a number of events on Sunday and Monday, including the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

“Prof. Osinbajo departs Abuja today and will join members of the royal family, world leaders – including Commonwealth members, heads of state, governors-general, prime ministers and foreign royal families – at the ceremonies, including the funeral service planned to celebrate Westminster Abbey. Monday,” a statement signed by the VP’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, read on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, died on September 8, 2022 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, United Kingdom.

Until her death, she was the head of the Commonwealth and the longest-serving British monarch, reigning for 70 years.

Akande added: “Ahead of the funeral service, the Vice President will attend the guests and dignitaries who will be received by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla on Sunday, at a reception at Buckingham Palace.

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“Earlier that day, the VP will hold a bilateral meeting with British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.”

The vice president will return to Nigeria after Monday’s state funeral.

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