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World leaders travelling to the UK for Queen's funeral 'will have to pay to use the NHS'

World leaders will arrive in London in the coming days to prepare for the Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September.

World leaders are expected to pay for NHS care if they fall ill while in the country for the Queen’s state funeral next week, it is reported.

With thousands of people from around the world due to arrive in Britain in the coming days for the service on Monday 19 September, the NHS is urged to charge those who use its services.

Hospitals have been warned that funeral attendees, as well as tourists and visitors from outside the European Union, should be charged to use it, The Times reports.

The publication says that Sir David Sloman, chief operating officer of NHS England, said in an email to managers that they should “ensure that those who are not entitled to free health care at the point of use pay appropriately”.

The guidance, which does not apply to emergency care or GP appointments, should not be problematic for leaders like Joe Biden, who have their own medical teams on hand, but could become a problem for others.

It is the latest in a list of demands that have been met with disbelief in some quarters, after British officials urged world leaders to use commercial planes and buses to get to the funeral instead of private planes and cars.

However, some high-profile world leaders, such as US President Joe Biden, have been given permission to use their own vehicles, and the US President is allowed to bring ‘The Beast’: a $1.5 million Cadillac, it boasts night vision cameras, tear gas cannons, and 8 inches of armor.

World leaders will arrive in London in the coming days to prepare for the Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September.

World leaders will arrive in London in the coming days to prepare for the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September.

Biden has been given permission to use his presidential limousine, dubbed 'The Beast,' while in town.

Biden has been given permission to use his presidential limousine, dubbed ‘The Beast,’ while in town.

Based on security concerns, several others, including President Macron of France, President Herzog of Israel and Emperor Naruhito of Japan, are likely to have their own transportation.

Biden receives special exemption to bring ‘The Beast’

While many world leaders will be asked to ride shared buses from an undisclosed location in the west, there will be exceptions for the most prominent, including Biden, according to The Times.

The Beast, the US President’s $1.5 million Cadillac, boasts night vision cameras, tear gas cannons and 8 inches of armor.

Its doors weigh as much as those of a Boeing 757 plane and its tires are pneumatic, so the vehicle can still drive even if they’re flat. The president can also use a state-of-the-art communication system built into the Beast, which weighs around 20,000 pounds.

There is also a secure oxygen system and a supply of the president’s own blood in case of emergency.

The vehicle was built to withstand chemical and biological attacks, as well as bullets and explosions, and its chassis is said to be effectively ‘indestructible’.

Its windows are said to be 3 inches thick, while the steel and ceramic armor is 8 inches thick.

Based on security concerns, several others, including President Macron of France, President Herzog of Israel and Emperor Naruhito of Japan, are likely to have their own transportation.

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also confirmed that he will be taking an Australian Air Force plane to the UK instead of a commercial flight.

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“It’s long-standing plans for myself and the Governor General (David Hurley) to travel to London and we will do so on Thursday night,” Albanese told ABC.

It came after Politico published details of the arrangements from a leaked copy of the “protocol message” sent to embassies between Saturday and Sunday.

The diplomats were told that only one representative from each country will be able to attend along with their spouse, to avoid overcrowding in the abbey.

Foreign dignitaries should arrive on commercial flights “wherever possible”, the memo adds, which says London Heathrow will not be available for private flights to land.

The use of helicopter transfers between airports and venues was also banned “due to the number of flights operating at the moment.”

And, on the same day as the funeral, heads of state will be asked to gather en masse in west London before boarding a bus to Westminster.

Dozens of leaders have so far confirmed that they will attend, from Japanese Emperor Akihito to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Emmanuel Macron of France and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany.

However, none other than Mr. Albanese has openly discussed the travel arrangements.

US presidents travel long distances on Air Force One, usually one of two customized Boeing 747 planes.

They then use their Marine One helicopter and armored limousine called ‘The Beast’ to move within any country.

The FCDO and the US Embassy in London did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The state funeral, the first since former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965, will be one of the largest security and logistical operations the UK has ever staged.

Thousands of police officers from across the country will be flown into London to help control the expected large crowds.

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In addition to world leaders and royals, up to a million people are expected to descend on the streets of the capital in the four days leading up to the funeral, when the queen’s coffin will be laid to rest in parliament.

Visiting world leaders will be able to attend the funeral and sign a book of condolences at Lancaster House immediately afterward, according to the leaked Foreign Office report.

Anthony Albanese, Australia's prime minister, will also attend the service next week.

Anthony Albanese, Australia’s prime minister, will also attend the service next week.

Some less high-profile world leaders who have been invited to Her Majesty's funeral will be bused in for the service from West London.

Some less high-profile world leaders who have been invited to Her Majesty’s funeral will be bused in for the service from West London.

They will also be able to pay tribute to the late queen lasting up to three minutes, which will be recorded for the media, he said.

King Charles III will reportedly host a reception at Buckingham Palace for all foreign leaders in attendance, the night before the funeral.

On the same day, visiting dignitaries will arrive at Westminster Abbey in escorted coaches from a site in west London where they will have parked.

“Tight road and security restrictions” were cited as the reasons for the unusual requirements for foreign VIPs.

The guest list has yet to be finalized, but despite the war with Ukraine, Russia is expected to be represented by its ambassador and North Korea is also expected to be represented, according to The Times.

The funeral takes place on Monday at Westminster Abbey. King Charles III is expected to host world leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace the night before the service.

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