Cuba’s Vice President, Salvador Valdés, visited Elizabeth II’s funeral chapel at the Palace of Westminster this Sunday to pay tribute to the British monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96.
A diplomatic source said Valdes, who leads the Cuban delegation to the sovereign’s funeral, also signed a condolence book opened by Britain’s foreign ministry at Lancaster House.
The Caribbean island’s vice-president will also attend the reception that the new King Carlos III will present this Sunday to foreign leaders and dignitaries invited for his mother’s funeral, which is to be held at Westminster Abbey tomorrow, Monday.
The Cuban delegation is made up of Barbara Montalvo, Cuba’s ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Gisela García, director of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Department of Europe and Canada.
After the death of Isabel II, President Miguel Diaz-Canel expressed his grief to the heir to the crown and the new monarch, and to the rest of the royal family and the British people and government.
Similarly, the President of Cuba declared an official day of mourning, and the Prime Minister of Cuba, Manuel Marrero, signed the Book of Condolences opened at the residence of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Havana.
The United Kingdom and Cuba established diplomatic relations 120 years ago, and the current British monarch visited the Caribbean island in March 2019 with his wife Camilla, now the Queen Consort.