Within the someday since President Joe Biden attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday, a lot has been made from him being seated removed from the entrance row at Westminster Abbey.
With 2,200 company on the abbey, the president, who was accompanied by the primary woman, Jill Biden, was among the many roughly 500 individuals invited who have been abroad heads of state or international dignitaries.
The regal ceremony noticed the Bidens settling into pew seats some 14 rows from the entrance, instantly behind Polish chief Andrzej Duda and one row forward of Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Fiala. Ignazio Cassis, the president of Switzerland, was seated to the left of the primary woman.
Former President Donald Trump, who was defeated by Biden in his bid for a second time period in November 2020, used the optics to take a swipe on the US chief.
Taking to his Reality Social platform, Trump shared a photograph of the mourners on the funeral, highlighting the seating occupied by Biden, whereas additionally suggesting that he would have been positioned extra prominently if he have been nonetheless president.
“That is what’s occurred to America in simply two brief years. No respect!” Trump wrote. “Nevertheless, a superb time for our President to get to know the leaders of sure Third World international locations. If I have been president, they would not have sat me again there—and our Nation could be a lot totally different than it’s proper now!
Eyebrows have been additionally raised on Twitter, the place conservative commentator Meghan McCain questioned Biden’s far-from-prominent seating.
kind The View panelist McCain tweeted: “Simply curious why our President and First Girl have been principally within the nostril bleed part of the Queens funeral…”
McCain’s tweeted was met with a flood of derision, with quite a lot of different Twitter customers explaining that Biden’s seating was all right down to protocol.
Biden’s Seating at Queen’s Funeral Defined
In keeping with British newspaper The Telegraphthe chief of the US—whoever they’d have been on the time of the queen’s loss of life—would have been seated in the identical style, with members of the royal household, previous and current UK prime ministers, and Commonwealth leaders taking precedent.
With royal protocol dictating that Commonwealth leaders outrank these from different components of the world on the Queen’s funeral, it meant that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seated 9 rows forward of Biden.
In keeping with the newspaper, governor-generals from realms the place the British sovereign was retained as head of state have been seated first, with elected Commonwealth leaders behind them.
In accordance with protocol, the governors-general of the realms that retain the monarch as their head of state, have been seated first with and elected Commonwealth leaders behind them.
This meant that leaders of such international locations as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Caribbean islands Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been included amongst those that would have been seated forward of the US president.
Regardless of the seating place, Biden was allowed one main privilege, as he was granted permission to reach on the service within the presidential armored limousine, dubbed “The Beast,” which had been flown over from the US for the temporary go to.
This stood in distinction to the a number of different world leaders in attendance, who have been seen touring collectively by bus to the ceremony for safety causes. French President Emmanuel Macron was additionally given permission to reach in his personal automotive.
Biden arrived at Westminster Abbey exterior of the 20-minute window—9:35 am to 9:55 am—reserved for the submitting in of world leaders. The president and his spouse of him have been seen making their approach into the abbey simply after 10 am, lower than an hour earlier than the funeral’s tightly scheduled 11 am begin.
Video footage was shared of the presidential automotive caught in visitors en path to the funeral.
The Bidens returned to the US simply hours after the service concluded in London.
Whereas Trump wasn’t invited to attend Monday’s funeral, he was invited to a separate memorial service in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, alongside fellow residing former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Invoice Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Not one of the former presidents had confirmed their attendance as of Monday night.