President Joe Biden paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday and congratulated the British monarch as he visited the Queen’s home at Westminster Hall in London.
“To everyone in England, to everyone in the UK, our hearts go out to you. You were lucky to have had her for 70 years, we all were. The world is better for you. her,” Biden said, according to Reuters. .
The President’s comments in the UK come a day before the Queen’s funeral, which he and many other world leaders are expected to attend. Meanwhile, King Charles II greeted the leaders at a reception ahead of the funeral, Reuters reported.
Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden could also be seen in broadcast footage paying tribute at Westminster Hall. Bloomberg reporter Josh Wingrove posted images of the president and first lady in the lobby and signed condolence books.
“President Biden and the First Lady have just paid their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall, according to the broadcast wire. Biden held his right hand over his heart as they paused for several moments, before taking their leave” , he wrote.
Wingrove added, “First Lady Jill Biden signed a condolence book before moving to another room, where President Biden signed another.”
When the queen died on September 8, aged 96, Biden released a statement honoring the monarch.
“She was the first British monarch with whom people around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection, whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to children in the UK, or reunited around their TV for her coronation, or watched her final Christmas speech or her Platinum Jubilee on their phones,” the statement read. “And she, in turn, devoted her entire life to their service.”
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.
While in the UK, Biden was due to meet the country’s new prime minister, Liz Truss. However, the BBC reported that the meeting had been canceled until after the funeral. The pair will take part in formal bilateral talks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
On Friday, British officials said the 4.9-mile line to witness the Queen’s lie had reached capacity. In recent days, thousands of people have lined up, in some cases waiting more than 2 hours to pass the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall.