Biden joins world leaders to mourn Queen Elizabeth’s death

In a joint statement, the president and first lady Jill Biden said the Queen was the longest-reigning British monarch to rule for 70 years, “defining an era”.

“The thoughts and prayers of the people of America today are with the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations, who are grieving,” a White House statement said. “My deepest condolences to the royal family who are not only mourning the Queen but also their dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her legacy will be on the pages of British history and in the stories of our world.” You will stand tall.”

According to President Biden’s proclamation on the Queen’s death, the Stars and Stripes at the White House, other federal buildings, military installations, and foreign embassies will be flown at half mast “until the day of internment.”

In a statement, the first couple called the Queen “a steady presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who never knew their country without her.” is.

“For 73 years, supported by her beloved Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II has always led with grace, unwavering devotion to duty and unparalleled power of example. Enduring deprivation and rallying them to anticipate better days amid the devastation of a global pandemic,” the White House statement continued.

The Bidens added that the Queen was “an unparalleled dignity and a constant politician who deepened the foundational alliance between Britain and the United States.”

“She helped make our relationship special,” the statement said, referring to the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States, a term coined by Winston Churchill. He said he looked forward to continuing his “close friendship” with the third king and queen.

The Bidens recalled meeting Queen Elizabeth for the first time as part of a Senate delegation to the UK in 1982, writing:

Biden and the Queen last spoke and met face-to-face during the president’s visit to the UK in June 2021, White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said Thursday.

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Condolences have poured in from leaders around the world following the news of the Queen’s passing.

“We were very heartbroken when we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest reigning sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant presence in our lives. And her service to Canadians will remain an important part of our nation’s history,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “Looking back on her life and her reign over the decades, Canadians will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion and warmth. With members of the royal family during this difficult time.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said the Queen “has embodied the continuity and unity of the British nation for over 70 years. A friend of France and a heart that has left a lasting impression on her country and her century.” I remember her as the gentle queen of

Ireland’s Michelle Martin called her death “the end of an era”, stating that “her dedication to duty and public service was self-evident, and her wisdom and experience truly unique”.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid wrote that he “left behind an unparalleled legacy of leadership and service.”

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso said he was “shocked” by her death, adding: “Her long life and service to her people will go down in history as an exemplary sovereign.” .

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called Queen Elizabeth “a figure of global significance, a witness and author of British and European history”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the people, I would like to send a message to @RoyalFamily, the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of this irreversible. We offer our deepest condolences for the situation and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the Queen “was a role model and inspiration for millions of people, even here in Germany. After the horrors of World War II, she was on the path to reconciliation between Germany and Britain.” ‘s commitment will never be forgotten. She will be missed and especially her great humor..”

Former US president offers condolences

American presidents have also expressed their condolences following her death.

George W. Bush, who welcomed the Queen to the United States during his tenure, remembered spending time at Buckingham Palace and meeting the famous Corgi.

“Spending time at Buckingham Palace and having tea with Her Majesty the Queen and her corgis is one of my best memories of my presidency,” Bush wrote. “The Queen has navigated dark times successfully with faith in her people and a vision for a brighter tomorrow. Our world has benefited from her unwavering determination. I am grateful to the Queen for her decades of service as King.”

“Her leadership and enduring diplomacy have secured and advanced alliances with the United States and with nations around the world…” Donald Trump said in a statement.

“Melania and I will always cherish the time we spend with the Queen and will never forget her generous friendship, great wisdom and wonderful sense of humor. What a magnificent and beautiful woman she was! There was no one like it!” Trump wrote.

The Obamas were remembered as leaders who made the role of the Queen “our own.”

“Her Majesty was only 25 when she took on the colossal task of leading one of the world’s great democracies. Her reign was defined by grace, elegance, and a tireless work ethic, defying the possibilities and expectations placed on women of her generation,” they wrote.

And Bill and Hillary Clinton commemorated her passing, remembering her as a person of “constant grace, dignity and a genuine concern for the welfare of all people.”

This is breaking news and will be updated.

CNN’s Dan Merica, Sam Fossum, Kevin Liptak and Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.


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