Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Sheikh Mohammed meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace, offers his condolences

Dubai Ruler highlights the 'significant role' played by the late monarch in supporting and consolidating the deep bonds between the two nations.

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The UAE Vice-President met King Charles III at Buckingham Palace in London on Sunday and offered his condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, highlighted the “significant role” played by the Queen in supporting and consolidating the deep bonds between the UAE and the UK in various fields.

“The historical ties between the two nations will continue to grow deeper and stronger to serve the peoples of both countries and strengthen regional and international security, stability and peace,” he said.

The UAE Vice-President is among the many heads of state, world leaders and royals from across the world who have travelled to London to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on September 8, aged 96.

The UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid led tributes as the country mourned the passing of the Queen on September 8. The Emirates had declared a three-day mourning period as a mark of respect. Till September 12, flags within the UAE and in the country’s embassies abroad flew at half-mast.

UAE leaders, including some Rulers and Crown Princes, visited UK missions in the country to offer their respects.

Residents lined up at floating hotel QE2 in Dubai to lay flowers and remember the Queen’s decades of service.

Landmarks in the country, including the Burj Khalifa, lit up with messages of tributes for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Some schools in the country will disperse students early tomorrow, allowing campus communities to watch the televised service.

Queen Elizabeth’s body has been lying in state at the historic Westminster Hall since Wednesday, and people from all walks of life, from all over the United Kingdom and overseas, have queued for hours to file past her coffin in a constant, emotional stream.

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