Dr Joyce Banda arrives in UK for the Queen’s funeral

By Wadza Botomani

Malawi’s former president Dr Joyce Banda has arrived in London to attend the funeral ceremony of the late Queen Elizabeth. The Funeral is scheduled to take place on Monday 19th September.

An update from Malawi’s High Commissioner to UK Dr Thomas Bisika on his Facebook page said “This morning Madam High Commissioner and I had the honour to welcome H.E. Dr Joyce Banda, Former President of the Republic of Malawi, to the United Kingdom where she will lead the Malawi delegation to the State Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Dr Joyce Banda being welcomed by Dr Bisika and his wife

Dr Joyce Banda was designated by President Chakwera to represent him at the funeral as the President is currently attending Uunited Nations General Assembly in USA She will be accompanied by Hon Gospel Kazako, Minister of Information and Digitisation, and Dr. Janet Banda, SC, Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet.

The queen body has been lying in state at Westminster Hall where on Monday it will be taken for the funeral.It will be a day of emotion, pomp and ceremony with a service at Westminster Abbey, cortege and military procession across London before a final family ceremony at a chapel in Windsor Castle.