JOE Biden CAN take his armoured Beast limo to the Queen’s funeral rather than catching the bus.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Japan’s Emperor Natuhito and Israel’s President Herzog are also all likely to avoid the heads-of-state coach trip.
Joe Biden won’t have to catch a bus to the Queen’s funeral
Presidential motorcade in 2020
Joe Biden’s massive Cadillac dubbed The Beast
They will instead be allowed to take their own transport to Westminster Hall next Monday.
The US President, for instance, can take his armoured Cadillac, known as the Beast, for security reasons.
His £1.5m behemoth weighs 11 tons, has four inch armour and can survive chemical attack.
A government source told The Times it would be inappropriate to ask G7 leaders to catch a shuttle bus, but added dignitaries have been asked to be flexible.
Reports yesterday suggested the President and other world leaders would have to leave their cars at a location in West London before being shuttled to the funeral.
They would then be shuttled back after a reception following the funeral, leaked communications suggested.
Limos were reportedly banned under tight security. Leaders were also thought to have been asked to travel on commercial flights and banned from using helicopters.
It came after a no-fly zone was approved over the capital as authorities gear up for what is said to be the largest ever security operation in the UK.
The leaked communication by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office revealed world leaders have been asked to travel on commercial flights where possible.
Anyone who insists on travelling by private jet must land at smaller airports because Heathrow will be unavailable.
Helicopter transfers between airports and venues are also reportedly banned due to the number of flights operating at the time.
Only leaders and their spouse or partner will be invited due to limited space and they will be forced to leave their private state vehicles behind.
Those who cannot attend can nominate another official to go on their behalf.
The FCDO said in its communication it “regrets that, because of limited space at the state funeral service and associated events, no other members of the principal guest’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted”.
One previous visits to Britain, US presidents have flown into Stansted airport on Air Force One.
They have then continued their journey on the Marine One chopper or bombproof “Beast” limousine accompanied by dozens of bodyguards.
Last year at the G7 summit in Cornwall, Mr Biden brought two giant limousines and 400 Secret Service agents.
The White House today confirmed Mr Biden and wife Jill will attend the funeral next Monday.
King Charles III will host a reception for all overseas leaders at Buckingham Palace on the evening before the funeral, the document also revealed.
They can visit the Queen lying in state and sign a condolence book at Lancaster House afterwards.
There they can also deliver tributes of up to three minutes which will be recorded for the media.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverley will be hosting their reception after the service.
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