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President Biden mourns the Queen, looks ahead with King Charles III

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President Joe Biden left the White House for the British embassy in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening to deliver a personal tribute after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. He ripped up his schedule after Buckingham Palace announced the death of the 96-year-old monarch, canceled a speech and ordered flags to half staff. His motorcade left the White House just after 5:45 p.m. for an undisclosed location, but sources confirmed to DailyMail.com that he was expected at the British embassy.

In an a statement, President Biden paid tribute to the Queen, saluting the stability and constancy she brought to Britain and to an uncertain world. And he said was ready to build on his relationship with King Charles III, who will now take up the British throne. 'In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her,' said Biden. 'An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth.'

In an a statement, President Biden paid tribute to the Queen, saluting the stability and constancy she brought to Britain and to an uncertain world. And he said was ready to build on his relationship with King Charles III, who will now take up the British throne. ‘In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her,’ said Biden. ‘An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth.’

Biden, who met the Queen for the first time as a senator in 1982, was told of her death during a meeting in the Oval Office. He issued a statement paying tribute and ordered flags to be flown at half staff. 'Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,' he said.

Biden, who met the Queen for the first time as a senator in 1982, was told of her death during a meeting in the Oval Office. He issued a statement paying tribute and ordered flags to be flown at half staff. ‘Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,’ he said.

Biden had been scheduled to deliver remarks on COVID-19 vaccines at the White House, but the event was canceled minutes after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen's death. It now means Biden will renew his relationship with Charles, whom he met last year in Glasgow, on the sidelines of a major United Nations climate conference.

Biden had been scheduled to deliver remarks on COVID-19 vaccines at the White House, but the event was canceled minutes after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death. It now means Biden will renew his relationship with Charles, whom he met last year in Glasgow, on the sidelines of a major United Nations climate conference.

Reports said Charles and President Biden bonded on their shared concern for the environment. In his statement mourning the Queen, Biden wrote: 'In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort,' said Biden.

Reports said Charles and President Biden bonded on their shared concern for the environment. In his statement mourning the Queen, Biden wrote: ‘In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort,’ said Biden.

Biden continued: 'Today, the thoughts and prayers of people all 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 are not only mourning their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world.'

Biden continued: ‘Today, the thoughts and prayers of people all 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 are not only mourning their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world.’

Biden's most recent meeting with the Queen was last year, during a visit to the UK for a G7 summit of world leaders. When the summit ended the Bidens flew to Windsor Castle for a one-on-one meeting with the Queen, complete with inspecting a guard of honor and afternoon tea.

Biden’s most recent meeting with the Queen was last year, during a visit to the UK for a G7 summit of world leaders. When the summit ended the Bidens flew to Windsor Castle for a one-on-one meeting with the Queen, complete with inspecting a guard of honor and afternoon tea.

The president just managed to avoid breaking royal protocol. At one point, as he joined the Queen on a dais to observe the Royal salute he appeared to reach out his hand to take her arm, before reining himself in at the last moment. Afterward, Biden compared the Queen to his mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden. 'I don't think she'd be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity,' he said.

The president just managed to avoid breaking royal protocol. At one point, as he joined the Queen on a dais to observe the Royal salute he appeared to reach out his hand to take her arm, before reining himself in at the last moment. Afterward, Biden compared the Queen to his mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden. ‘I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity,’ he said.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was on the podium during her daily news briefing as news broke. 'Is that confirmed,' she asked as journalists shouted details. When she was told the news came from official sources she paid tribute to the strong relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. 'Our hearts go to the people of the United Kingdom to the Queen and to to her family,' she said. Pictured: The flags at half-staff at the White House.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was on the podium during her daily news briefing as news broke. ‘Is that confirmed,’ she asked as journalists shouted details. When she was told the news came from official sources she paid tribute to the strong relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. ‘Our hearts go to the people of the United Kingdom to the Queen and to to her family,’ she said. Pictured: The flags at half-staff at the White House.

Her briefing had been dominated by questions about the monarch, her health and Biden's response. She said the president was being kept updated throughout the day, and had offered warm words to Prime Minister Liz Truss on a video call with other world leaders. 'His and the first lady's thoughts are with the Queen and her family today,' she said at the start of the briefing. 'The president also conveyed to Prime Minister Truss during a previously scheduled video conference this morning that he and Dr. Biden are thinking of the Queen, her family and the people of the United Kingdom.' She added that the president had last spoken to the Queen in June of last year, when the Bidens traveled to Britain for a G7 summit.

Her briefing had been dominated by questions about the monarch, her health and Biden’s response. She said the president was being kept updated throughout the day, and had offered warm words to Prime Minister Liz Truss on a video call with other world leaders. ‘His and the first lady’s thoughts are with the Queen and her family today,’ she said at the start of the briefing. ‘The president also conveyed to Prime Minister Truss during a previously scheduled video conference this morning that he and Dr. Biden are thinking of the Queen, her family and the people of the United Kingdom.’ She added that the president had last spoken to the Queen in June of last year, when the Bidens traveled to Britain for a G7 summit.

Biden's tribute was one of dozens from world leaders as news spread. Former President Donald Trump, who met her twice during his time in office, said: 'Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people. May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts.'

Biden’s tribute was one of dozens from world leaders as news spread. Former President Donald Trump, who met her twice during his time in office, said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the great people of the United Kingdom as you honor her most meaningful life and exceptional service to the people. May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts.’

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) tweeted that the Queen 'embodied continuity and the unity of the British nation over 70 years. I retain the memory of a friend of France, a queen of hearts who marked as never before her country and her century.' Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the Queen as 'a constant presence in our lives'. 'Her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country's history,' he wrote.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) tweeted that the Queen ’embodied continuity and the unity of the British nation over 70 years. I retain the memory of a friend of France, a queen of hearts who marked as never before her country and her century.’ Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the Queen as ‘a constant presence in our lives’. ‘Her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history,’ he wrote.

Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed sadness at the news, tweeting: 'Germany remains forever grateful that she stretched out her hand to us in reconciliation after the terror of World War II.' Britain's new prime minister, Liz Truss, said: 'Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her.'

Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed sadness at the news, tweeting: ‘Germany remains forever grateful that she stretched out her hand to us in reconciliation after the terror of World War II.’ Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, said: ‘Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign. Britain is the great country it is today because of her.’

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