Joe Biden: We were all lucky to have had Queen for 70 years | UK News


Joe Biden said the UK had been blessed with the Queen for 70 years, adding: ‘We all were, the world is better for her.

The US President and First Lady Jill traveled to Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen in state ahead of her 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 because of the way she touched herself when she leaned in. The way she had that look, like, it’s okay ?anything i can do for you?need?’ and then also ‘make sure you do what you’re supposed to do’.”

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He said: “To everyone in England, to everyone in the UK, our thoughts are with you and you were blessed to have had her for 70 years.

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

Mr Biden and the First Lady were joined by US Ambassador to the UK Jane Hartley when they arrived to see the Queen lying in state shortly before 5pm on Sunday.

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

Large crowds were gathered behind barricades near Buckingham Palace and the garden in Parliament Square, ready to take photos of the motorcade.

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

Security was tight and crossings were closed ahead of the visit as rumors spread through the crowd about the imminent arrival of the president and his entourage.

Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport just before 10 p.m. Saturday night.

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

A “full bilateral meeting” was scheduled for Wednesday when the leaders travel to New York for the UN General Assembly.



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