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Days after Queen Elizabeth II passed away, President Joe Biden spoke with King Charles III.
The US president had known the queen for three decades, meeting with her three times.
The most recent meeting they had was in June 2021, when the queen hosted him and the first lady at Windsor Castle.
Biden flew to the United Kingdom to attend the Group of Seven Leaders’ summit at the time.
After the summit, the US president described the queen as “very gracious” to 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 released a statement regarding Biden’s call, 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 with King Charles III on Wednesday over the phone – his first conversation with the new king since the passing of the queen.
Biden expressed his condolences to the new monarch, and “conveyed his wish to continue a close relationship with the king.”
The President also tweeted, reminiscing the queen.
“I recalled her kindness, dignity, and constancy – and how she deepened the friendship between our nations.”
The call came before Biden is set to lead a US delegation to London next week.
Last week, President Joe Biden ordered flags over the White House and other public buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of the queen’s burial.
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