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First guests arrive at Westminster Abbey to mark the life and reign of Elizabeth II

US President Joe Biden has joined other world leaders at Westminster Abbey in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

France’s Emmanuel Macron and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro were among other political leaders who entered the 1,269-year-old church Monday morning.

Some 2,000 mourners will attend the funeral service, which begins at 11 a.m.

The coffin of the longest-reigning monarch will be brought from Westminster Hall, where he has been in state since Wednesday evening.

With huge crowds pouring into London to pay their respects, city authorities announced shortly after 9am that all public viewing areas had reached capacity.

Transport for London has said it expects more than a million people to be on the London route, with millions more watching the television service around the world.

Monday’s state funeral, the first of its kind since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, will take the form of an elaborate ceremony, after which Her Majesty’s coffin will be transported to Windsor Castle.

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