Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme, she said: “I’m kind of interested there’s so much fuss about the bus, I don’t think the bus warrants too much fuss. When we came here for CHOGM [Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting] we used buses for transport… it just makes good sense. We’re a very practical people.”
Ardern was one of the first world leaders to pay her respects in London on Friday. She is also believed to be the one who is travelling the furthest, flying 11,000 miles to be at the funeral.
The FCDO is laying on collective transport for almost all of those attending in an attempt to control timings and keep the event secure.
The plans mean that the world’s most important political and royal figures in their respective countries will have to share transport to reach the service for the late Queen.