President Joe Biden visited the British Embassy on Thursday to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“We cry for you all. She was a great lady; I’m so glad I got to meet her,” Biden told the British ambassador and embassy staff upon their arrival.
The Bidens met Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to England in June 2021.
While at the embassy, the president signed a condolence book, pulling out a note card to look at before writing a message in the book.
First Lady Jill Biden also signed her name in the book.
The White House posted a photo of what Biden wrote:
After briefly chatting with embassy staff, Biden said, “As my mother would say, ‘God, I love you,'” before leaving the room.
The president then went to a political reception in Maryland for the Democratic National Committee. He spent around 30 seconds at the top of his speech remembering Queen Elizabeth, calling her an “incredibly graceful and decent woman”.
“Now let me explain why we are all here…60 days. 60 days after the midterm elections,” he said.
Earlier Thursday, the White House released a statement from the Bidens mourning the Queen’s death
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch,” the statement released by the White House said. “She defined an era.”
Later that afternoon, the White House lowered the flag to half-mast to mourn the famous British monarch.