Joe Biden attends Westminster Hall to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II
Biden arrived with his wife Jill at the Lying-in-state on Sunday afternoon, ahead of his attendance at Monday’s funeral.
US President Joe Biden has visited Westminster Hall to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr Biden arrived with his wife Jill at the Lying-in-state on Sunday afternoon, ahead of his attendance at Monday’s funeral.
They were joined by the US ambassador to the UK, Jane Hartley.
Mr and Mrs Biden were greeted at Westminster Hall by Black Rod Sarah Clarke.
He touched down at Stansted Airport just before 10pm on Saturday evening.
Biden said the Queen reminded him of his own mother.
Speaking at Lancaster House, he was asked why he drew the comparison, and said: “She had that look like, ‘are you OK? Anything I can do for you? What do you need?’
“And also ‘make sure you do what you’re supposed to do’,” he joked, wagging his finger.
He added: “I have talked about how my mother and father thought that everyone, no matter who they were, no matter what their station, no matter where they are from, deserved to be treated with dignity.
“And that’s exactly what she communicated – just the way she walked by her staff, just the way she acted.
“I think what she gave was a sense of, above all, the notion of service – we all owe something.
“There is something in our capacity to do that can make not just the world better, but your neighbourhood better, your household better, your workplace better, and that’s what she communicated to me and it was an honour to meet her.”
The president had been due to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday, but the talks were cancelled on Saturday.
A “full bilateral meeting” was scheduled for Wednesday when the leaders are set to be in New York for the UN General Assembly.
A few cheers from the crowd could be heard in central London on Sunday evening as US President Joe Biden’s motorcade glided into and out of the Palace of Westminster.
Guests have now started to arrive for a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III.
People were seen arriving dressed in black as a mark of respect ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Presidents, prime ministers and royalty from across the globe are expected at the event.