US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden released a statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, calling it “a stable presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations”.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era,” President Biden said in a statement.
“Today the thoughts and prayers of people across the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief. We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who mourn not only their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history and in the history of our world,” the Bidens wrote in the statement.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and steadfastness who deepened the fundamental alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,” they said. they stated.
“We were honored that she extended her hospitality to us in June 2021 during our first overseas trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness and generously shared with us her wisdom. … She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentennial of our independence. And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darker after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us that “grief is the price we pay for love,” the statement continued.
The Bidens said they first met the Queen in 1982 when the President visited the UK as part of a Senate delegation.
They said they “look forward to continuing a close friendship with the King and Queen Consort”.
US Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff also offered their condolences on the Queen’s passing.
“Queen Elizabeth II lived an incredible life of service and had a profound impact on countless historic lives and events. We send our condolences to the Royal Family and join the people of the United Kingdom and all those in the world who mourn his loss,” the Vice President and Second Gentleman’s Twitter accounts tweeted.