ⓒ Japanese version of JoongAng Ilbo / JoongAng Ilbo2022.09.21 08:30
Around 500 foreign dignitaries, including world leaders, attended the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of England on the 19th (local time), and all episodes continue.
On this day, according to Canadian local global news, etc., a video of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau singing in a hotel lobby while he was in London for a funeral was circulated, drawing criticism. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sang “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the signature song of British rock group Queen, in the lobby of London’s Corinthia Hotel, where he was staying, on the 17th, with a piano.
In the video, Prime Minister Trudeau, wearing a red short-sleeved shirt, sang with his hands on the piano in the lobby. Canadian singer and official mourner, Gregory Charles, who has won a National Medal, played the piano. The video has now been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
The Canadian prime minister’s office confirmed on the 19th that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the one who appeared in the video, but said, “Prime Minister Trudeau attended a small gathering to pay tribute to the Queen’s life and service.” But the prime minister has been criticized for not acting sensibly in a public place when visiting to attend the state funeral of the head of the Commonwealth, Global News reported. An opposition lawmaker also noted, “I don’t want to make a problem because I sang a song, but I think I could have chosen a better song than Bohemian Rhapsody.”
French President Emmanuel Macron was criticized for his outfit. A photograph taken in front of Westminster Hall with Mrs Bridget on the 18th, the day before the funeral, became a problem.
France 24 reported on the 19th that Macron was walking here wearing a suit, sunglasses and sports shoes. At that time, in Westminster Hall, the general public sympathy that began on the 14th continued. France’s Le Figaro called President Macron’s athletic shoes “incongruous shoes”. President Macron dressed in a black suit and shoes on the day of his funeral.
However, when it was reported that the sports shoes worn by President Macron were brand name products, the voice of “the rich president” grew even louder. These athletic shoes are made by JF from France. M. Figaro said Weston products cost 570 euros (about 800,000 won) per pair.
US President Biden was late on the day of the funeral, so he had to wait and enter. President Biden was supposed to arrive between 9:35 and 55 am, but he arrived after 10:00 am, so he went in around 10:07 am for procedures. President Biden left the residence of the US Ambassador to the UK in a special “Beast” car, but the move was delayed due to traffic problems.
“President Biden is the most influential person in the world, but the date of his elaborately planned funeral was not changed,” said the British Daily Guardian.
In implementing such a thorough plan, “Operation London Bridge”, a comprehensive plan for responding to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, was completed without any specific security related incidents.
The British government mobilized large-scale military and police forces for the funeral, which gathered many leaders. According to Bloomberg news agency, more than 10,000 police and around 6,000 military personnel were mobilized for the Queen’s state funeral. “As a single event, this funeral is bigger than the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Platinum Jubilee,” said Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Conde.