Joe and Jill Biden visit Queen Elizabeth’s coffin before funeral

Joe and Jill Biden visit Queen Elizabeth’s coffin before funeral

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth ahead of Monday’s state funeral for the late monarch.

On Sunday, the Bidens visited Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as it lies in state inside Westminster Hall in London.

Hundreds of thousands of people have filed past the late monarch’s coffin since Wednesday. On Friday, the Queen’s four children – King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – held a solemn vigil around their mother’s coffin. On Saturday, the Queen’s grandchildren – including Prince William and Prince Harry – did the same.

The Bidens also signed the official condolence book for Her Majesty at the historic Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in State in the Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 202

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in State in the Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 202

JOE GIDDENS/POOL/AFP via Getty Joe and Jill Biden

The US president and first lady will join King Charles and other leaders, dignitaries and royals from around the world for a reception at the palace on Sunday evening.

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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden leave after paying their respects and viewing the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state inside Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 2022

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden leave after paying their respects and viewing the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state inside Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 2022

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On Thursday, the president and first lady visited the British embassy in Washington, D.C., to pay their respects to the queen and sign her condolence book “We mourn you all,” Biden said at the embassy. “She was a wonderful lady. I’m so glad I met her.”

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state inside Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 2022

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects as they view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state inside Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 18, 2022

JOE GIDDENS/POOL/AFP via Getty President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

After the Queen’s death, the couple said in a statement, part: “We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who are grieving not only their Queen, but their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history and in the history of our world.”

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King Charles

King Charles

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The Bidens will be the only US representatives attending Monday’s funeral.

In the past, former US presidents have also participated in major historical events like this, leading some to wonder why the White House was not given an open invitation to skin other US figures.

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