Remarks by President Biden After Signing the Official Condolence Book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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London, United Kingdom

17:26 CET

THE PRESIDENT: We have had the opportunity to meet with a lot of important people, but I can say that the ones that stand out in your mind are the ones whose relationship and interaction with you is to their credit.

When the Queen invited us to the castle for tea and—we joked—flatbread, she offered me more and more; I ate whatever she put in front of me – but she was the same person as her – as her image: decent, honorable and all about the service.

And our hearts go out to the Royal Family – King Charles and all the family. It’s a loss that leaves a huge hole. And sometimes you think you’ll never – you’ll never get over it.

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But as I told the king, she will be with him every step – every minute, every moment. And that’s a comforting thought.

So, to all the people of England, to all the people of the UK, our hearts go out to you. And you were lucky enough to have her for 70 years. We all were. The world is better for her.

Many Thanks.

Q Mr. President, why does she remind you of your mother?

THE PRESIDENT: Just because of the way she touched herself as she leaned forward. The way — she had this look like, “Are you alright? is there anything i can do for you What do you need?” And then also, “Make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.” (Laughter)

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Q What do you think it has meant to the world outside the UK, Mr President?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think — you see, the American press has heard me say for a long time that I think the thing is — maybe it’s too much, excuse the expression, the Irish of it, but it’s about, people to be treated with dignity.

I’m talking about how my mother and father thought that everyone, no matter who they were, no matter what their position, no matter where they came from, deserved to be treated with dignity.

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And that’s exactly what she communicated – the way she passed her employees, the way she behaved.

And I think what it has conveyed is a sense of – perhaps most importantly – the notion of service. We all owe something. There is something in our capacity that can make things better—not just the world, but your neighborhood, your home, and your workplace.

And that – that’s what she told me anyway. And it was an honor to meet her – an honor to meet her.

17:29 CET

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