US President Biden paid respects to Queen Elizabeth who died on September 8th, as dozens of world leaders arrive in London for the funeral on Monday.
Biden has said the Queen reminded him of his mother.
“She had that look, like ‘are you OK? Anything I can do for you? What do you need?’ And then also ‘make sure you do what you’re supposed to do,'” he said.
“It’s about treating people with dignity…that’s exactly what she communicated,” Biden said.
The US President made the comments before heading to Buckingham Palace, where he and First Lady Jill Biden have joined other world leaders and dignitaries for a reception hosted by the King.
In a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, US President Joe Biden has described the late monarch as “decent” and “honorable.”
Speaking at Lancaster House, having signed the official book of condolence for the late monarch, he said his country’s “heart go out” to “all the people of the United Kingdom”.
“You were fortunate to have had her for seventy years—we all were,” he said, adding: “The world is better for her.”
According to reports, over five hundred foreign dignitaries are expected at Britain’s first state funeral in decades, as officials mount “a huge-scale operation” for the event on September 19th.
The state funeral, the first since that of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965, will be one of the biggest security and logistical operations Britain has ever staged.
Thousands of police officers from across the country will be redeployed to London to help manage the huge crowds expected.
World leaders attending the Queen’s funeral
Commonwealth leaders who will be in attendance for the Queen’s funeral include Australian PM Anthony Albanese, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trinidad and Tobago President Paula-Mae Weekes, and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeo, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh are also on the guest list.
They’ll join leaders from Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and many other nations.
Representatives from Russia, Belarus, and Myanmar have reportedly not been invited to attend the funeral, nor have the leaders of Afghanistan, Syria, and Venezuela, an official source said in speaking to Reuters.