Kenya’s President William Ruto on Monday landed at Heathrow Airport in London as he arrived in the United Kingdom for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

Dr Ruto is part of more than 500 dignitaries and leaders from across the world who have traveled to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch in UK.

President Ruto and his wife Rachel Ruto were received in London by Manoah Esipisu, Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, alongside a host of Kenyans living in the UK.

The Head of State left Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Sunday morning accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign affairs and other agencies.

Dr Ruto is scheduled to travel to New York in the United States of America (USA) for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) immediately after the funeral ceremony ends.

He was later captured taking a bus ride to Buckingham Palace for dinner with King Charles III together with other world Heads of State as US President Joe Biden was the only one permitted to enter the venue in his official vehicle and motorcade. 

The travel to the UK and US are Dr Ruto’s maiden official trips abroad after being elected president and many observers are keen to see how he will be received in the West.