President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth ahead of funeral

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Sunday paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as world leaders gathered in London ahead of the late monarch’s state funeral.

The Bidens gave tribute to the queen as her coffin lie in Westminster Hall, with the president putting his hand over his heart. He and the first lady are also signing separate condolence books, and the president is expected to offer straight-to-camera remarks to the British people after leaving Westminster.

The two will later attend King Charles III’s reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Bidens left for the United Kingdom on Saturday and will attend the state funeral for the queen on Monday.

PHOTO: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden (at right on platform) pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on Sept. 18, 2022.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden (at right on platform) pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on Sept. 18, 2022.
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The trip comes at a time of political change in the U.K., where Prime Minister Liz Truss just took office. She and President Biden will hold their first bilateral meeting in New York on Wednesday when both are there for the U.N. General Assembly.

The queen died at age 96 after serving as head of state for 70 years, a record tenure for a British monarch that spanned 14 U.S. presidencies. Buckingham Palace announced on Sept. 8 that she “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish estate.

Source: ABC News

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