A few days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, President Joe Biden called King Charles III to express his condolences and his hope for the continued ties between their countries.
The President of the United States has known the Queen for three decades and has met her three times.
The last meeting they had was in June 2021 when the Queen received him and the First Lady at Windsor Castle.
At the time, Biden flew to the UK to attend the Group of Seven Heads of State and Government summit.
After the summit, the US president called the Queen “very gracious” with reporters.
Biden also revealed that he invited her to the White House and said the monarch reminded him of his late mother.
The White House produces statement
The White House released a statement regarding Biden’s appeal, writing:
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., spoke today with King Charles III to offer his condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.”
“The President recalled fondly of the Queen’s kindness and hospitality, including when she hosted him and the First Lady at Windsor Castle last June.”
“He also conveyed the great admiration of the American people for the Queen, whose dignity and constancy deepend the enduring friendship and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
“President Biden conveyed his wish to continue a close relationship with the king.”
President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with King Charles III on Wednesday, his first conversation with the new king since the queen’s death.
Biden expressed his condolences to the new monarch and “conveyed his wish to continue a close relationship with the king.”
The president also tweeted and remembered the queen.
“I recalled her kindness, dignity, and constancy – and how she deepened the friendship between our nations.”
The call came before Biden led a US delegation to London next week.
Last week, President Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half mast above the White House and other public buildings until sunset, the day of the Queen’s funeral.