President Biden and his wife Jill arrived in the UK on Saturday night and on Sunday the couple paid their respects to the late Queen, visiting Westminster Hall where her body is lying in state. The president, his wife and the US ambassador to the UK Jane Hartley stood on a platform overlooking the coffin for around two minutes, taking in the scene. He crossed himself and exchanged a few words with the First Lady.
From there the Bidens travelled to Lancaster House, where world leaders have been signing a book of condolence. While there, President Biden spoke of his affection for the Queen.
“To all the people of England, all the people of the United Kingdom, our hearts go out to you,” he told a gathering of politicians, dignitaries and Press. “You were fortunate to have had her for 70 years, we all were. The world is better for her.”
He offered a reassuring message to the new King too. “It’s a loss that leaves a giant hole and sometimes you think you’ll never, you’ll never overcome it,” he said, adding: “But, as I’ve told the King, she’s gonna be with him every step of the way, every minute, every moment and a reassuring notion.”