Biden signs the book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth at the United Kingdom embassy in Washington DC

Joe Biden has signed a book of condolence for Queen Elizabeth at the UK embassy in Washington DC after he called the late monarch “a great lady”.

The president and first lady were greeted at the embassy by British ambassador Dame Karen Pierce and her husband just before 6pm ET, according to a report.

Mr. Biden asked the ambassador if he could write in the condolence book, and she told him, “if you’d like, sir.”

The President then sat down at a table where the book sat next to a picture of the Queen and a bouquet of flowers.

He then spent a few minutes writing in the book while the first lady, Jill Biden, stood by his side. Mrs. Biden then sat in the chair and added her signature to the president’s message.

“We die for all of you. She was a great lady, I’m so glad I met her,” Mr. Biden said before heading off to meet with embassy staff.

“Our hearts go out to you,” the First Lady told embassy staff. Mr. Biden then thanked them and added: “As my mother would say, God, I love you.”

The president and first lady then held hands as they left the room.

The Queen, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, died “peacefully” at Balmoral aged 96 on Thursday. She is succeeded by her son Charles, who becomes king.

King Charles led tributes to his late mother, describing her as “much loved” and a “beloved sovereign”.

Earlier in the day, Mr Biden paid tribute to the Queen in writing, saying she had “always led with grace, an unwavering commitment to duty and the unmatched power of her example”.

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