Joe Biden said the UK was lucky to have had the queen for 70 years, adding: “We all were, the world is better for her.”

The president of the United States and First Lady Jill visited Westminster Hall to pay their respects the queen lying in state before his funeral on Monday.

Mr. Biden said it was an honor to meet the queen and added that the late monarch reminded him of his mother.

When asked why the monarch reminded him of his mother, he said, “Just the way she moved when she bent down. The way she had that look, like, ‘Are you okay? do you? need? ‘ and then also ‘make sure you do what you should do’ “.

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He said: “To all the people of England, to all the people of the United Kingdom, our hearts go out to you and you have been lucky to have it for 70 years.

“We all were. The world is better for her.”

Discussing the Queen’s impact on the rest of the world, Mr. Biden said: “The American press has heard me say for a long time that I think the thing is – maybe it’s too much if you excuse the expression, the Irish – it’s about dealing. people with dignity.

“I talk about how my mother and father thought that everyone, no matter who they were, no matter what their position was, no matter where they came from, deserved to be treated with dignity. And that’s exactly what she (the queen) has. communicated, just the way he walked, the way he behaved.

“I think what it has given is a sense perhaps above all of the notion of service. We all owe something. There is something in our ability to do that can make things, not just the world better, but your neighborhood better, yours. better family, better your workplace. This is what she communicated to me anyway and it was an honor to meet her. “

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Mr. Biden continued: “Our hearts go out to the royal family. King Charles and the whole family.

“It’s a loss that leaves a giant hole and sometimes you think you’ll never get over it.

“But as I told the king, she will be with him every step of the way.”

Mr. Biden and the first lady were joined by the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Jane Hartley, when they arrived to see the Queen lying in the state just before 5pm on Sunday.

They were greeted at Westminster Hall by Black Rod Sarah Clarke.

Large crowds gathered behind barricades near Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square Garden, ready to take photos of the procession.

Some children sat on their parents’ shoulders trying to get a view.

The Queen and US President Joe Biden met at Windsor Castle in June 2021. Photo: AP
The Queen and US President Joe Biden met at Windsor Castle in June 2021. Photo: AP

Security was tight and road junctions were closed prior to the visit as rumors spread among the crowds about the imminent arrival of the president and his entourage.

Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport just before 10pm on Saturday night.

The president was supposed to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday, but the talks were canceled on Saturday.

A “full bilateral meeting” has been scheduled for Wednesday when leaders are expected to be in New York for the UN General Assembly.

Joe Biden signs a condolence book for the Queen at Lancaster House.  Image: AP
Joe Biden signs a condolence book for the Queen at Lancaster House. Image: AP

Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales held an audience with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska at Buckingham Palace.

The wife of the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskii he had previously visited Westminster Hall to see the queen lying in the state.

Ms Zelenska is in the UK to attend the state funeral while Mr. Zelenksyy remained in Ukraine while his troops fight Russian forces.

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