Even before the formal arrangements for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth were announced, President Biden had confirmed his plans to attend the official state service. But while the President is in London on Monday, he and the First Lady will reportedly be the only American delegates at the ceremony due to space constraints for the historic event.
Just because they’re no longer in the White House doesn’t mean the former presidents are being left out entirely, though. In fact, all five living former presidents—Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter—have been invited to “a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” in collaboration with the British Embassy at the Washington National Cathedral. The event, which is set to feature an honor guard by the Queen’s Colour Squadron, a unit of the Royal Air Force, will be held on Wednesday, September 21, according to Sky News.
The cathedral has a long and prominent history, having played host to the funerals of Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and George HW Bush, as well as memorial services for the likes of Winston Churchill, the Queen’s beloved first Prime Minister. Last week, after the death of Queen Elizabeth, was announced, the cathedral’s bell tolled 96 times in honor of Her Majesty’s 96 years of life.
It has not yet been announced whether any or all of the former presidents will attend the upcoming service, but we will update this post as more information becomes available.