Biden laments Queen Elizabeth’s passing and claims that she “shaped an era”

On Thursday, President Biden paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, calling her a “stateswoman of unsurpassed dignity” as he lamented her passing.

He affirmed that the tight ties between the two nations will remain under King Charles and credited the late queen with helping to forge the “bedrock Alliance” between the United States and Britain.

Mr. Biden added that the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth were in his thoughts and prayers as they experienced tragedy.

We offer the Royal Family, who is mourning not just their beloved Queen but also their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, our sincere condolences.

In the pages of British history and in the narrative of our globe, he said, “her legacy will loom big.”

At Scotland’s Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon, the 96-year-old queen passed away. She had been monarch for over 70 years.

Mr. Biden remarked, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch.” “She established an era,”

For generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her, she was a calming presence, a source of comfort, and pride in a world of continual change, he added. People all around the Commonwealth had a steadfast admiration for Queen Elizabeth II.

While on a trip with a Senate group in 1982, Mr. Biden recalled his first encounter with the queen. During his first abroad trip as president in June 2021, he praised the queen’s hospitality, saying that “she delighted us with her wit, moved us with her generosity, and freely shared with us her wisdom.”

Overall, she had encounters with 14 American presidents, Mr. Biden noted. “She aided Americans in celebrating both the bicentennial of our independence and the anniversary of Jamestown’s establishment.

She also stood with the United States during its darkest hours following 9/11, reminding us with great poignancy that “grief is the price we pay for love.”