President William Ruto will drop his high-end motorcade and use a bus when attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, September 19.
Ruto, who will be given full security protection, will also board a commercial jet to the UK in lieu of the presidential jet.
These are some of the rules put in place for VVIPs attending the funeral at Westminster Abbey in London.
The UK banned the use of helicopters between airports and locations due to the number of flights taking place within its airspace.
President William Ruto signing the book of condolence for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the residence of the United Kingdom High Commissioner, Muthaiga, Nairobi, on Wednesday, September 15, 2022.
He is also expected to travel alone with First Lady Rachel Ruto, with no other staff members.
All foreign leaders were also banned from displaying flags at an airport in the UK.
“We regret that, due to limited space at the State Funeral Service and related events, no other members of the main guest’s family, staff or entourage should be allowed in,” the UK message read in part.
“Where possible, foreign representatives should plan to arrive in the UK at least one day before the state funeral or the first event they attend,” UK added.
All leaders will also be escorted on foot to a reception hosted by Secretary of State James Cleverly.
They will then board a bus with other leaders and return to West London, where they will choose a car to transport them around the UK or take on other international duties.
However, the UK authorities allowed the leaders to record short messages while signing condolence registers without disrupting the main proceedings.
However, it is not mandatory for Ruto to attend the funeral. The head of state can send a delegation to represent him as the UK pays its final respects to the Queen, who has passed away at the age of 96.
On Thursday, September 15, Ruto sent Senate President Amason Kingi to Angola to represent him at the inauguration of President Joao Lourenco.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in England on October 19, 2021.