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

Joe Biden said the UK was lucky to have the Queen for 70 years, adding: “We’re all better people for her.”

The US President and First Lady Jill visited Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen lying in a state before her funeral on Monday.

Mr Biden said it was an honor to meet the Queen, adding that the late monarch reminded him of his mother.

When asked why the king mentioned his mother, he said: “Just because of the way she touches when she leans over. The way she gives that look, like, ‘are you okay? I What can I help you?’ and then also ‘make sure you do what you have to’.”

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He said: “To all Britons, to all UK people, our hearts go out to you and you’ve been lucky to have her for 70 years.

“We’re all like that. The world is better for her.”

Mr Biden and the first lady were joined by the US ambassador to the UK, Jane Hartley, as they arrived to find the Queen lying in state shortly before 5pm on Sunday.

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

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Large crowds had gathered behind barricades near Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square Gardens, ready to photograph the convoy.

Some children are sitting on their parents’ shoulders trying to see.

Security was tight and road crossings were closed ahead of the visit as rumors spread among the crowds about the impending arrival of the president and his entourage.

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

The President was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday but talks were called off on Saturday.

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

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