Buckingham Palace hosts a reception for world leaders

King Charles hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for world leaders on the eve of the Queen’s funeral.

Presidents, prime ministers and members of the royal family from around the world gathered as guests of the King at the event on Sunday evening, including Taoiseach and President Michael D. Higgins.

President Higgins arrived on a coach with former King and Queen of Spain Juan Carlos and Sofia.

The trio joined dozens of other prestigious personalities who entered the grand entrance in front of the palace.

US President Joe Biden and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, were among about 500 people in the main state rooms of the palace.

The couple arrived in the presidential car known as The Beast in a convoy of vehicles at the back of the palace just before 6 pm.

Members of the president’s entourage mingled with family members and the police next to the palace garden during the reception inside.

Between 200 and 250 leaders were invited, most of whom brought their spouses, including French President Emmanuel Macron who was joined by his wife, First Lady Brigitte.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and other working members of the royal family, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, joined Charles and Queen Consort in mingling with the guests.

The reception was attended by dozens of leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations and members of foreign royal families.

At least 10 buses full of guests arrived who entered the palace with reverence.

Some leaders were seen greeting each other while others remained silent as they climbed the stairs.

Most of the guests were dressed in black, while some were seen wearing traditional clothes native to their countries.

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrive at the reception (Dan Charity/PA)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel arrived on board coaches with several Commonwealth leaders at the grand entrance.

They were joined by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who entered the palace and was followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who smiled briefly at reporters.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was among the guests at the event, which took place across the photo gallery, the white drawing room, the blue drawing room and the music room.

Among the guests who arrived in their own cars and crossed the entrance to the Bow Room at the rear of the palace were Al Biden, Prime Minister Liz Truss, Secretary of State James Cleverly, and President of Israel Isaac Herzog.

Prime Minister Liz Truss arrives at the reception at Buckingham Palace (Markus Schreiber/PA)

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan arrived in their private car at the grand entrance and were followed by their son, Hussein, the Crown Prince of Jordan, who got into his private car.

Moments later, the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa also joined the guests and he was soon followed by Crown Prince of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The Sultan of Oman was also seen arriving at the palace, while the ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, followed shortly thereafter.

King Philip, Queen Letizia of Spain, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark were among those who arrived by bus.