Joe Biden pays respects to Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

US President Joe Biden on Sunday paid his respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, a day ahead of her state funeral.

The body of Britain’s longest reigning monarch has been lying in state at the historic Westminster Hall in London since Wednesday.

How did the Bidens pay their respects?

Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, took his place on the balcony overlooking the Queen’s coffin.

He made the sign of the cross before briefly placing his hand on his heart as he stood quietly near the casket.

The Bidens were joined by US Ambassador Jane Hartley.

Later, as he signed the official condolence book, Biden described the late Queen as “decent … honorable” and “all about service.”

The US president is one of hundreds of world leaders in London to pay their respects to the Queen, who died on September 8 at 96 after 70 years on the throne.

Biden was one of the 14 US presidents in office during her reign, of which Elizabeth met all except Lyndon Johnson, starting with Harry Truman in 1951 when she was still a princess.


Hundreds of thousands of people have descended on the UK capital to pay their tribute to a head of state they saw as the only constant in an era of continual change.

People from all walks of life and from around the country and overseas have queued for several hours to file past her coffin in a constant, emotional stream.

The government advised people against traveling to join the queue before the line closes later on Sunday.

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