President Joe Biden and Elizabeth II (file photo) Biden Issues Statement on Death of Queen Elizabeth II
President Offers Condolences to British Royal Family
President Joe Biden issued a statement following the death of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
In a statement released by the White House on Thursday, Biden noted that her “seven decades of rule have witnessed an era of unprecedented human progress.” .
“She was the first British monarch with whom people around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection – whether they heard her on the radio when she was a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around their televisions during her coronation, or watched her last Christmas speech or her platinum anniversary on a smartphone,” Biden said. “And she, in turn, devoted her entire life to serving them.”
President Biden noted the Queen's friendship and respect for newly independent nations around the world.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a woman statesman of unrivaled dignity and constancy who cemented the fundamental alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,” Biden stated.
Biden first met the Queen in 1982, when he came to the UK as part of a Senate delegation. The President also remembered with gratitude the Queen's hospitality in June 2021 during his first trip abroad as President. In total, Queen Elizabeth II met with 14 American presidents.
“She stood in solidarity with the United States during the darkest days since 9/11, when she so touchingly reminded us that ‘grief is the price we we pay for love,” the president stressed.
Baden expressed his hope for continued close friendship with the new king of Great Britain.
“We express our deepest condolences to the royal family, which mourns not only for his queen, but also for his dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her legacy will remain on the pages of British history and in the history of our world,” the head of the White House concluded.