Bidens pay respects to the queen as world leaders gather in London

LONDON — World leaders descended on London Sunday ahead of the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II as the line to pay respects to the monarch lying in state continued to snake more than 5 miles along the southern banks of the River Thames.

A steady stream of people defied advice to refrain from joining the line to say goodbye to the queen before the cutoff on Monday at 6:30 a.m. They faced potential wait times of longer than 13 hours and braved cold overnight temperatures.

On Saturday evening, Princes William, Harry and the queen’s other six grandchildren held vigil around her coffin in Westminster Hall. Notably, Harry wore his military uniform, despite no longer serving as a working royal.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden landed late Saturday.

They visited the queen as she lay in state and signed her condolence book at Lancaster House on Sunday afternoon, before traveling to Buckingham Palace to attend an official reception hosted by King Charles III on the eve of the state funeral.