May 28, 2023

LONDON (AP) — President Joe Biden referred to as Queen Elizabeth II “first rate” and “honorable” as he signed a condolence e-book Sunday, saying his coronary heart went out to the royal household.

The president and first girl are in London to pay their respects to the queen, who’s mendacity in state at Westminster Corridor.

Biden sat down at a easy desk draped in blue with a framed picture of the queen and a bouquet of white flowers and wrote a be aware within the e-book earlier than talking briefly.

He mentioned the queen handled individuals with dignity.

Jill Biden signed the e-book particularly for spouses and ambassadors at an analogous desk in a special room of Lancaster Home.

“Queen Elizabeth lived her life for the individuals,” Jill Biden wrote. “She served with knowledge and style. We’ll always remember her heat, kindness and the conversations we shared.”

President Biden made the signal of the cross Sunday and put his hand to his coronary heart as he stood quietly close to the casket. The Bidens had been joined by U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley.

The president and first girl are amongst a whole lot of world leaders in London for the queen’s funeral Monday.

1000’s of individuals made their strategy to Windsor Fortress on Sunday, a day earlier than the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, to put flowers on the gates of what is going to be her closing resting place.

Elizabeth died Sept. 8 at age 96, and a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals have waited in lengthy traces to pay respects to the UK’s longest-reigning monarch.

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Folks make their manner alongside the Lengthy Stroll in the direction of Cambridge gate outdoors Windsor Fortress to put flowers for the late Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor, England, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Corridor for 4 full days earlier than her funeral on Monday Sept. 19. (AP Photograph/Gregorio Borgia)