Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son has flown to the UK for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, on September 19.
|Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son renders homage to the late queen in Hanoi on September 10. Photo: MOFA|
On behalf of Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Son will join more than 2,000 guests who are heads of state and senior officials worldwide, including US President Joe Biden and Japanese Emperor Naruhito. They will attend the one-hour funeral service, which is expected to take place at 11:00 AM on Monday (local time).
Earlier on September 10, Son went to the residence of the British Ambassador to Vietnam to render homage to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8 at 96.
In the book of condolences, Son paid homage to the queen and highlighted her special affection and support for UK and Vietnam relations.
On September 9, Vietnamese leaders condoled Queen Elizabeth II’s passing with condolences sent to King Charles III by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, British PM Liz Truss by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Lord Speaker John McFall, and Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle by Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue.
Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history, having ruled the UK for 70 years.