Joe Biden to mourn the Queen: US President will pay his respects to Her Majesty at Westminster Hall today before attending world leaders reception as talks with Liz Truss are called off
- Joe Biden expected to pay tribute to Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall later
- US President due to join thousands who have seen late monarch’s lying in state
- His talks with new Prime Minister Liz Truss in Downing St have been cancelled
- The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage
US President Joe Biden is expected to pay tribute to the Queen today by joining the thousands who have walked past Her Majesty’s coffin in Westminster Hall.
Mr Biden is among a stream of world leaders to have arrived in the UK this weekend for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
His presidential plane, known as Air Force One, touched down at Stansted Airport in Essex last night to be greeted by a small party.
This included Jane Hartley, US ambassador to the UK, and Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.
The US President and his wife, Jill, were then seen being whisked away in their presidential car dubbed ‘The Beast’.
Mr Biden is today set to be among those world leaders to take up an invitation to witness the Queen’s lying-in-state in Westminster Hall.
He is also due, along with other world leaders and international royals, to join King Charles for a reception this evening.
Although Liz Truss is also set to attend tonight’s reception, the Prime Minister’s scheduled talks with Mr Biden in Downing Street today have been cancelled.
Number 10 said Ms Truss and the US President would instead hold a ‘full bilateral meeting’ at the UN General Assembly in New York kkn Wednesday.
Joe Biden, pictured with his wife Jill, is among a stream of world leaders to have arrived in the UK this weekend for the Queen’s funeral on Monday
The US President is expected to pay tribute to the Queen today by joining the thousands who have walked past Her Majesty’s coffin in Westminster Hall
Mr Biden’s presidential plane, known as Air Force One, touched down at Stansted Airport in Essex last night after which he was greeted by a small party
The US President and First Lady were then seen being whisked away in their presidential car dubbed ‘The Beast’
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was one of the first world leaders to arrive in London, paid her respects with a solemn appearance in Westminster Hall on Friday.
Mr Biden and the First Lady had tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle in June last year to become the 13th US president Her Majesty had met during her 70-year reign.
Following the Queen’s death on 8th September, Mr Biden said Her Majesty’s legacy would ‘loom large in the pages of British history, an in the story of our world’.
He added how the Queen had ‘defined an era’ and hailed her as ‘a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy’.
The US President also paid tribute to the Queen’s ‘solidarity’ after the 9/11 terror attacks ‘when she poignantly reminded us that “grief is the price we pay for love”‘.
Despite strict Foreign Office guidance for international guests attending the Queen’s funeral, it has emerged that Mr Biden will not be expected to join others on a bus to Monday’s event.
Mr Biden and the First Lady had tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle in June last year to become the 13th US president Her Majesty had met during her 70-year reign
Around 500 guests representing nearly 200 countries and territories are due to be in attendance at the funeral.
Leaked Government documents have revealed plans for global dignitaries to travel en masse in a shuttle bus to Westminster Abbey for Monday’s service, rather than using private cars.
But British and US officials have since played down the prospect of Mr Biden having to travel on a bus into central London.
They suggested the US President would still be able to use his armoured vehicle – ‘The Beast’ – while travelling in the capital.
It has been claimed that Emperor Naruhito will be among those travelling to the funeral on a bus.
‘The Beast’ is the name given to the armoured limosuine that transports US presidents.
The custom-built Cadillac is said to have eight-inch thick doors, run-flat tires, bulletproof glass, its own oxygen supply, a couple of pints of the president’s blood and a completely sealed interior to ward off a chemical attack.
It is estimated to weigh between seven and nine tons.
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