US President Joe Biden has confirmed he plans to attend the Queen’s funeral when it takes place in the UK.

Although there are no official plans for His MajestyThe funeral of has not yet been announced, the ceremony should take place within 10 days of his death.

The 96 year old man monarch died Thursday at her home in Balmoral, Scotland, surrounded by members of the royal family.

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Tributes to the sovereign poured in from around the world, including Mr Biden, who described her as a “stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and steadfastness”.

Speaking to reporters as he boarded Air Force One on Friday, the president said he plans to attend the funeral, but doesn’t yet know “what the details are.”

He added that he had not spoken to King Charles III since the death of his mother saying: “I know him, I haven’t spoken to him, I haven’t called him yet.”

Mr Biden was the 13th and last US president to meet the Queen, whose reign spanned seven decades.

The Queen had met every US president since Dwight Eisenhower except Lyndon Johnson, as he had not visited Britain during his presidency.

In A declarationMr Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said ‘the Queen’s legacy will loom large in the pages of British history and in the history of our world’.

Pay homage to the Queen after the monarch’s death at the age of 96

The Queen with Jill and Joe Biden. Photo: AP

While the president has pledged to attend the monarch’s funeral, other world leaders have not been so forthcoming.

It does not appear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will turn up for the ceremony, with a senior Kremlin spokesman saying the Queen has not “held a place in the hearts of Russians”.

Following the announcement of his death, Mr Putin sent King Charles a telegram offering his condolences and wishing him “courage and perseverance” in the face of his “irreparable loss”.

However, on Friday, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “I don’t think she (Queen Elizabeth II) has held a place in the hearts of Russians.

“She was treated with respect in Russia, as elsewhere in the world, she was treated with respect for her wisdom, for her international authority. Such qualities are rare on the international stage.”

He added that it has not been announced whether a Russian representative will be required to attend events for the Queen as relations between the UK and Russia are at a low point due to the war in Ukraine.

“All this should be announced by the Royal Court or the British authorities,” Mr Peskov said.

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Vladimir Putin and Charles pictured together in 2003
Vladimir Putin and King Charles pictured together in 2003

In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would like to attend Her Majesty’s funeral, provided his schedule permits.

He told reporters he knew the Queen, having met her twice at Buckingham Palace, and he sent his deepest condolences to the Royal Family.

“If we find the opportunity, we would like to be present at this ceremony,” Erdogan said.

One person expected to attend the Queen’s funeral is Emmanuel Macron.

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French President Emmanuel Macron signs a book of condolences, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at the British Embassy in Paris, France, Friday September 9, 2022. Britain's longest serving monarch and a rock of stability for much of a turbulent century, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne.  She was 96 years old.  (Christian Hartmann/Pool via AP)
Emmanuel Macron signs a book of condolences

The French president expressed his “deep sadness” and a feeling of “emptiness” after the monarch’s death, and praised his “great affection for France”.

In a video message, Mr Macron said the Queen was fluent in “our language, loved our culture and touched our hearts”.

Describing her as a “great head of state”, he added that Britain and France had forged a “warm, sincere and loyal partnership” under her rule.

Speaking in English, Mr Macron said: “For you she was your queen. For us she was the queen.”

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