President Joe Biden told DailyMail.com that ‘yes, probably,’ he’d attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral as he departed a Democratic National Committee event Thursday night.
Biden twice paid homage to the Queen Thursday evening, first stopping at the British embassy in Washington to sign a book of condolence, hours after Buckingham Palace announced the death of the long-serving British monarch.
‘We mourn for all of you,’ said Biden after the signing, with first lady Jill at his side.
‘She was a great lady. We’re so delighted to get to meet her.’
Later, he opened up his remarks at the DNC summer meeting by speaking about the Queen.
‘I had the opportunity to meet her before she passed and she was an incredibly decent and gracious woman,’ Biden said. ‘And the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief.’
President Joe Biden told DailyMail.com that ‘yes, probably,’ he’d attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral as he departed a Democratic National Committee event Thursday night
President Joe Biden and the first lady made an unannounced visit to the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday evening, hours after the Queen’s death was announced
Biden signed the book of condolence, flanked by Dame Karen Pierce, British ambassador to the U.S., and the first lady. ‘We’re so delighted to get to meet her,’ he said afterwards
The Bidens put their name to a message praising the way Elizabeth ‘led with enduring strength and dignity,’ before heading on to a political event
The White House said President Joe Biden had met the Queen three times, most recently for tea with first lady Jilly Biden at Windsor Castle in 2021, where they inspected a guard of honor
Biden paid tribute to the Queen after her death was announced on Thursday, saying: ‘In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons including many who have never known their country without her’
The president issued a proclamation on Thursday afternoon, paying tribute to the Queen and ordering the US flag to be flown at half staff at the White House and other public buildings
At the embassy, Dr. Biden wore black and carried a bouquet of flowers as they arrived to be greeted by Dame Karen Pierce, the British ambassador.
The condolence book was sat between a photo of the Queen and a vase of flowers. Biden took out some notes as he sat down to write his entry.
‘The American people mourn today with people in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,’ wrote Biden.
‘She led with enduring strength and dignity.’
After signing the book, the Bidens spoke briefly to British diplomatic staff.
‘Our hearts are with you,’ said the first lady.
And the president could be heard to say: ‘As my mother would say, God love you.’
It came amid a welter of tributes to Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
Earlier Biden paid tribute the stability and constancy she brought to Britain and to an uncertain world.
And he said was ready to build on his relationship with King Charles, who will now take up the British throne.
‘In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her,’ said Biden.
‘An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth.
Biden, who met the Queen for the first time as a senator in 1982 and for the final time last year, was told of her death during a meeting in the Oval Office.
He had been scheduled to deliver remarks on COVID-19 vaccines at the White House.
But the event was hurriedly canceled.
During that trip to the UK, the Bidens also met the Queen in Cornwall during a reception for the G7 world leaders. The president said he first met the Queen in 1982 as a senator
Prince Charles met Biden last year at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. ‘In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort,’ said Biden in his statement paying tribute to the Queen
The full text of President Joe Biden’s proclamation on the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era.
In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. Queen Elizabeth II led always with grace, an unwavering commitment to duty, and the incomparable power of her example. She was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock Alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, according to Buckingham Palace
She helped make our relationship special. The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.
I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-seventh.
Instead he issued a statement as officials conferred with British diplomats about the embassy visit.
‘Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States,’ said Biden in the statement.
‘She helped make our relationship special.’
It now means Biden will renew his relationship with Charles, whom me met last year in Glasgow, on the sidelines of a major United Nations climate conference. Reports said they bonded on their shared concern for the environment.
‘In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort,’ said Biden.
‘Today, the thoughts and prayers of people all across the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief.
‘We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who are not only mourning their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
‘Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world.’
Biden’s most recent meeting with the Queen was last year, during a visit to the UK for a G7 summit of world leaders.
When the summit ended the Bidens flew to Windsor Castle for a one-on-one meeting with the Queen, complete with inspecting a guard of honor and afternoon tea.
The president just managed to avoid breaking royal protocol. At one point, as he joined the Queen on a dais to observe the Royal salute he appeared to reach out his hand to take her arm – before reining himself in at the last moment.
Afterward Biden compared the Queen to his mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden.
‘I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity,’ he said.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was on the podium during her daily news briefing as news broke.
‘Is that confirmed,’ she asked as journalists shouted details.
When she was told the news came from official sources she paid tribute to the strong relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.
‘Our hearts go to the people of the United Kingdom to the Queen and to to her family,’ she said.
Her briefing had been dominated by questions about the monarch, her health and Biden’s response.
She said the president was being kept updated throughout the day, and had offered warm words to Prime Minister Liz Truss on a video call with other world leaders.
‘His and the first lady’s thoughts are with the Queen and her family today,’ she said at the start of the briefing.
‘The president also conveyed to Prime Minister Truss during a previously scheduled video conference this morning that he and Dr. Biden are thinking of the Queen, her family and the people of the United Kingdom.’
She added that the president had last spoken to the Queen in June of last year, when the Bidens travelled to Britain for a G7 summit.
Biden’s tribute was one of dozens from world leaders as news spread.
Former President Donald Trump, who met her twice during his time in office, said:
‘Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people.
‘May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts.’
The Stars and Stripes was also lowered over the U.S. Capitol Building
Germany’s foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, expressed sadness at the news
‘Germany remains forever grateful that she stretched out her hand to us in reconciliation after the terror of World War II,’ she tweeted.
Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, said: ‘Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign.
‘Britain is the great country it is today because of her.’
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the Queen as ‘a constant presence in our lives’.
‘Her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history,’ he wrote.