Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron took the specially chartered bus for international leaders to get to Westminster Abbey.
Uncertainty hovered. Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron were going to board a bus reserved for leaders of different countries to go to Westminster Abbey and attend the funeral of Elizabeth II? Response from the Élysée: the Head of State and his wife did indeed take this bus and arrived at 11 a.m. (French time) at the place of the ceremony.
They followed the official instructions recommending to use this coach for international leaders and to leave their personal vehicles in West London. These buses were proposed for organizational and safety reasons, and not for energy sobriety.
call for sobriety
A different matter therefore from that of the flights of international leaders. On this subject, the British Foreign Office had sent an official document to world leaders, encouraging them to sobriety in their trip to go to the funeral of the queen this Monday, September 19.
A recommendation not respected by Emmanuel Macron who took a plane from the presidency to go to London, in particular in order to respect a very busy schedule in the coming days. His American counterpart, Joe Biden, meanwhile, used his own means of transport from end to end. He thus crossed the Atlantic aboard his presidential plane Air Force One before moving, once in London, in his traditional armored vehicle, nicknamed “The Beast”.