President Biden said he would attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, but the White House declined to disclose details of the plan.
When asked if he would attend the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during a press conference in Ohio, on September 9, US President Joe Biden said “yes”. “I don’t know the details yet, but I’ll go,” Biden said.
British officials have not announced a funeral date for Queen Elizabeth II. The event was supposed to take place at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19. President Biden on September 8 signed the book of mourning at the British Embassy in the US, praising Queen Elizabeth II as “a great woman who defined an era”.
White House aides on September 9 began preparing a trip to London for President Biden. Sources close to the matter said US officials plan to announce that Biden will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral after Buckingham Palace makes the announcement.
The White House declined to reveal more about Biden’s plans to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. “There’s a process and protocol here by which leaders will accept formal invitations, so we’re not going to go ahead with these,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
Britain’s King Charles III gave a televised speech on September 9, thanking Queen Elizabeth II for “love, kindness and care”. “In a little over a week, we will come together as one nation, the Commonwealth and one global community to bring our beloved mother to her final resting place,” King Charles said. III said.
President Biden said he has not spoken to King Charles III by phone since Queen Elizabeth II’s death. “I know him. I haven’t spoken to or called him,” Biden said.
Mr. Biden met Queen Elizabeth II in 1982, when he was still a senator. They met last year when Queen Elizabeth II arrived for the G7 summit in Cornwall, southwest England. Queen Elizabeth II then held a tea party at Windsor Castle, asking President Biden about Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, aged 96. She ascended the throne in 1952 at the age of 25, after the death of her father, King George VI. In June, the UK celebrated her 70th anniversary of the Platinum Reign, longer than any other monarch in the country’s history.
Prince Charles, 73 years old, inherits the throne, becoming King Charles III of Great Britain. Meanwhile, Prince William, as heir to the throne, takes on the new title of Prince of Wales.
Nguyen Tien (Theo AFP, CNN)