The 79-year-old US President was in London on Sunday (September 18) with his wife and the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, to pay tribute to Her late Majesty - who died on September 8 at the age of 96 lies in Westminster Hall - to pay his respects. He also stated that the 'world is better' for having had her as head of state for 70 years, as he recalled meeting her in 2021 when he was elected president.
After seeing the coffin, he said in a speech: 'To all the people of England and to all the people of Britain, our hearts go out to you. You were lucky enough to have her for 70 years, we've all been. The world is a better place because of her. Thank you.' He then added, 'She reminded me of my mother. Just the way she moved, the way she bent over. The way she had that look that said, 'Are you alright? Is there anything I can do for you? What do you need?' And then also: 'Make sure you're doing what you're supposed to do.'”
The Democrat - whose mother Catherine 'Jean' Biden died in 2010 aged 92 after a long illness - will attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral on Monday (September 19) and is among the estimated 500 world leaders who went to England's capital to remember the late monarch. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66) and his wife Elke Büdenbender (60) and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (63) have already announced their arrival from Germany. Chancellor Olaf Scholz is also expected.