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Biden on Queen Elizabeth: ‘She defined an era’

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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden honored Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, calling her “a stable presence” and “a stateswoman of unparalleled dignity” after her death.

“In a world of constant change, she has been a steady presence and a source of comfort and pride to generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people in the Commonwealth,” Biden said in a statement.

The Queen died at the age of 96, ending the longest reign of a British head of state in history, including the reigns of 14 US presidents. She died at Balmoral Castle, her Scottish estate, Buckingham Palace announced.

Biden was briefed on the Queen’s health earlier on Thursday and received regular updates on her condition. The Bidens first met the Queen in 1982 during a Senate delegation trip to the UK and met her in June 2021 when she hosted them on an overseas trip.

Biden noted in his statement that she has deepened the special relationship between the US and the UK

“Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and fortitude who deepened the fundamental alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,” he said.

“She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentenary of our independence. And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darkest days after 9/11, as she poignantly reminded us that “grief is the price we pay for love,” he added.

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