Pictures/Video: World Leaders Gather in Jerusalem to Farewell Shimon Peres

World leaders, dignitaries and royalty from 70 countries attended the state funeral of Israel’s ninth president, Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem on Friday. They joined thousands of Israelis and Peres family members to pay their last respects to the Nobel Peace Prize winner who died aged 93 on Wednesday.

A tireless campaigner for Middle East peace who remained energetic until the final days of his seven decades in public life, the Polish-born soldier-turned-statesman was  praised for his tireless engagement.

President Reuven Rivlin, among the first to speak at the service, said: “You were not only a man of vision, you were a man of deeds. You had the ability to conceive what seemed to be the inconceivable, and see it to fruition

“You strived until your final breaths to reach the pinnacle of the Zionist dream: an independent, sovereign state, existing in peace with our neighbours. Yet you also knew that true peace could only be achieved from a position of strength, and you were sure to secure the path to this goal.”

Mr. Peres moved with his family in the 1930s to then British-ruled Palestine and was part of almost every major political development in Israel from its founding in 1948. He served in a dozen cabinets and was twice prime minister, though he never won a general election.

Mr. Peres was first elected to parliament in 1959 and, barring a brief interlude in early 2006, held his seat for 48 years, before becoming president in 2007.

The extraordinary turnout for his funeral was evidence of his wider impact on global affairs although the rulers of Egypt and Jordan, the only Arab states to have signed peace treaties with Israel, in 1979 and 1994, were absent. But the Egyptian foreign minister came and King Abdullah of Jordan sent a telegram of condolences.

Britain’s Prince Charles, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former British leaders David Cameron and Tony Blair also were at the funeral.

A selection of pictures appears below that captures the day’s solemn events.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 30: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales wearing a 'Yalulke,' or Jewish skull cap during the funeral of Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl Cemetery on September 30, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. World leaders and dignitaries from 70 countries attended tthe state funeral of Israel's ninth president, Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem on Friday, after thousands of Israelis paid their last respects to the elder statesman who died on Wednesday. (Photo by Abir Sultan- Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales wearing a ‘Yarmulke,’ or Jewish skull cap during the funeral of Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl Cemetery  in Jerusalem, Israel. (Abir Sultan/Pool/Getty Images)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. Peres's death on September 28 at age 93 after suffering a major stroke triggered an outpouring of grief and tributes that hailed the Israeli ex-president's transformation from hawk to fervent peace advocate. / AFP / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

 

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. Peres's death on September 28 at age 93 after suffering a major stroke triggered an outpouring of grief and tributes that hailed the Israeli ex-president's transformation from hawk to fervent peace advocate. / AFP / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres.  (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Former US President Bill Clinton (C) is seen upon his arrival to Mount Herzl Cemetery to attend the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RONEN ZVULUN (Photo credit should read RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images)

Former US President Bill Clinton (C) is seen upon his arrival to Mount Herzl Cemetery to attend the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres (RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nechemia 'Chemi' (C-L) and Yoni (C-R) Peres, the sons of the former Israeli premier Shimon Peres, mourn with relatives at the Mount Herzl national cemetery during the funeral of their father on September 30, 2016. / AFP / POOL / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nechemia ‘Chemi’ (C-L) and Yoni (C-R) Peres, the sons of the former Israeli premier Shimon Peres, mourn with relatives at the Mount Herzl national cemetery . (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is seen during the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Peres as his funeral began under massive security. / AFP / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is seen during the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery.  (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Tsvia Walden, the daughter of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, walks past her father's casket during his funeral at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Peres as his funeral began under massive security. / AFP / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Tsvia Walden, the daughter of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, walks past her father’s casket during his funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C) attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Peres as his funeral began under massive security. / AFP / Thomas COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C) attends the funeral of former Israeli president  Shimon Peres at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery.  (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

You can see raw video of the day’s events below:


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