Joe and Jill Biden arrive in London to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II

Biden and First Lady Jill are driven to Westminster Hall in the Beast to witness the Queen lying in state ahead of this evening’s ‘reception of the century’ at Buckingham Palace

  • President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived at Westminster Hall on Sunday 
  • They two viewed Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as she lay in state before her funeral on Monday 
  • After viewing her coffin as she lay in state on Sunday, Biden and Jill will sign the Official Condolence Book at Lancaster House
  • The couple will attend a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth’s son King Charles III at Buckingham Palace
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

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A somber Joe and Jill Biden arrived at Westminster Hall on Sunday to join other world leaders mourning Queen Elizabeth’s death as the late monarch’s coffin lay in state over the weekend. 

The Bidens stood from a balcony, wearing all black, as they paid their respects to the Queen. At the same time, mourners stood in line to walk by the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lay in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall.

The president was seen arriving at the scene from the window of his presidential vehicle The Beast as he waved to bystanders outside Westminster Palace. 

Following the ceremony on Sunday, the president and first lady signed the Official Condolence Book at Lancaster House.

Later they will then attend a closed-press reception hosted by the new monarch, Queen Elizabeth’s son King Charles III, at Buckingham Palace.

The first couple will also attend the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Monday as the world watches mourners gather in England to bid a final farewell to the beloved monarch.

The arrival of the U.S. president and first lady comes after a slew of foreign royals also traveled to London to pay their respects to the Queen.

President Biden (left) and his wife first lady Jill Biden (right) walk to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II after her death on September 8, 2022 rocked the United Kingdom

President Biden (left) and his wife first lady Jill Biden (right) walk to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II after her death on September 8, 2022 rocked the United Kingdom

The Bidens stood from a balcony to view the Queen's coffin inside Westminster Hall Sunday as mourners stood in line to walk by and pay their respects to the late monarch

The Bidens stood from a balcony to view the Queen’s coffin inside Westminster Hall Sunday as mourners stood in line to walk by and pay their respects to the late monarch

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in the presidential vehicle The Beast at Westminster Hall on Sunday to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II in a private ceremony before her funeral on Monday

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in the presidential vehicle The Beast at Westminster Hall on Sunday to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II in a private ceremony before her funeral on Monday

President Joe Biden signs a condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II at Lancaster House in London on Sunday after viewing her coffin as it lay in state in Westminster Hall

President Joe Biden signs a condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II at Lancaster House in London on Sunday after viewing her coffin as it lay in state in Westminster Hall

Jill signs a book of condolence as President Biden stands over her shoulder

Jill signs a book of condolence as President Biden stands over her shoulder

The president (center) and the first lady (right) view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it lays in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall on Sunday, September 18, 2022

The president (center) and the first lady (right) view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it lays in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall on Sunday, September 18, 2022

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain , and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, were among the first monarchs to view the monarch lying-in-state at Westminster Hall. 

Hundreds of emperors, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and other foreign dignitaries are descending on London for Her Majesty’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey tomorrow.

Tonight, many of the leaders, including members of foreign royal families, will come together for a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by King Charles III which is being described as the ‘reception of the century’.

Representatives of more than 20 Royal Families are expected at the funeral, including the reigning monarchs of the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

Among the most anticipated attendees is the Emperor of Japan, who rarely makes overseas visits. King Jigme & Queen Jetsun of Bhutan and the Sultan of Brunei will also attend.

While signing the book of condolence on Sunday, President Biden had some words honoring the Queen

While signing the book of condolence on Sunday, President Biden had some words honoring the Queen

The iconic Big Ben can be seen as President Joe Biden is pictured through the window of his vehicle waving to bystanders while arriving at Westminster Hall on Sunday

The iconic Big Ben can be seen as President Joe Biden is pictured through the window of his vehicle waving to bystanders while arriving at Westminster Hall on Sunday

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain looked dignified as they viewed the Queen's coffin lying-in-state on Sunday evening

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain looked dignified as they viewed the Queen’s coffin lying-in-state on Sunday evening

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden also arrived to pay their respects at Westminster Hall ahead of the funeral  

The Swedish royals looked solemn as they viewed Her Majesty's coffin from the platform inside Westminster Hall on Sunday

The Swedish royals looked solemn as they viewed Her Majesty’s coffin from the platform inside Westminster Hall on Sunday

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain arrived at Buckingham Palace ahead of the reception on Sunday night

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain arrived at Buckingham Palace ahead of the reception on Sunday night 

On Sunday evening, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain were spotted waving to well-wishers as they left the Spanish Embassy for Westminster Hall.

Felipe, son of disgraced former King Juan Carlos, is a distant cousin of the Queen and referred to Her Majesty as ‘dear Aunt Lilibet’ in a personal tribute following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The king looked sombre in a black suit and tie as he and his stylish wife left the embassy for the Palace of Westminster.

The couple crossed themselves and bowed their heads as they filed past Her Majesty’s coffins. Visiting dignitaries have access to a VIP entrance and platform that means they can avoid the queue snaking through central London.

At around the same time, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden also filed into the hall to pay their respects.

Queen Letizia looked elegant at Westminster Hall

King Felipe, who referred to the Queen as his 'dear Aunt Lilibet' crossed himself as he took part in the sombre occasion

King Felipe, who referred to the Queen as his ‘dear Aunt Lilibet’ crossed himself as he took part in the sombre occasion 

The Spanish King was joined by his wife Queen Letizia. The couple have a good relationship with the British Royal Family

The Spanish King was joined by his wife Queen Letizia. The couple have a good relationship with the British Royal Family

The  Spanish couple bowed their heads in respect as they made their way from Westminster Hall on Sunday evening

The  Spanish couple bowed their heads in respect as they made their way from Westminster Hall on Sunday evening

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are preparing to host 1,000 VIPs including US President Joe Biden, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian premier Justin Trudeau, at Buckingham Palace this evening.

The list of dignitaries includes President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Colombia’s First Lady Veronica Alcocer Gargia and Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva.

However, it also includes a string of controversial strongmen, including Bolsonaro, who was filmed today giving a thunderous speech from the windows of the Brazilian Embassy in London to a cheering crowd waving the national flag.

His allies hope his four-day international trip – first in London, then at the UN Assembly General session in New York – will sway some voters in the upcoming elections, give him some gravitas after almost four years of rifts with other world leaders and provide material for TV ads. 

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have led the foreign royals arriving to pay tribute to the Queen ahead of her funeral tomorrow

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have led the foreign royals arriving to pay tribute to the Queen ahead of her funeral tomorrow

The Spanish king and his former journalist wife will be among the heads of state who will gather at Buckingham Palace tonight for Prince Charles's 'reception of the century'. Pictured, waving to well-wishers in London on Sunday

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain

The Spanish king and his former journalist wife will be among the heads of state who will gather at Buckingham Palace tonight for Prince Charles’s ‘reception of the century’. Pictured, waving to well-wishers in London on Sunday

The Spanish King and Queen were dressed in sombre black ahead of the reception at Buckingham Palace this evening

The Spanish King and Queen were dressed in sombre black ahead of the reception at Buckingham Palace this evening

Felipe, son of disgraced former King Juan Carlos, is a distant cousin of the Queen and referred to Her Majesty as 'dear Aunt Lilibet'. Pictured, with his wife Queen Letizia in London today

Felipe with his wife Queen Letizia in London today

Felipe, son of disgraced former King Juan Carlos, is a distant cousin of the Queen and referred to Her Majesty as ‘dear Aunt Lilibet’. Pictured, with his wife Queen Letizia in London today

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain were spotted leaving the Spanish Embassy ahead of the Buckingham Palace reception

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain were spotted leaving the Spanish Embassy ahead of the Buckingham Palace reception

The Spanish King and Queen are set to join more than 500 leaders and heads of state for the 'reception of the century' tonight

The Spanish King and Queen are set to join more than 500 leaders and heads of state for the ‘reception of the century’ tonight

And today the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia confirmed that Mohammed Bin Salman, known by the abbreviation MBS, had been invited to attend the funeral.

He was set to hold talks with British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday evening, despite international outrage after ordering Saudi agents to brutally murder and dismember Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

And Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian ruler who has jailed hundreds of journalists and busily dismantled Turkish democracy, is also coming to the funeral.

China has announced it will send its vice-president, Wang Qishan, but was barred by parliamentary leaders from the lying-in-state.

Due to strained ties, the UK opted to invite ambassadors, not heads of state, from Iran, Nicaragua and North Korea. Meanwhile, Russia and Belarus are among a small group of nations excluded altogether following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Revealed: How the monarchies of Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Luxembourg are related to the Queen. All the major royal houses of Europe will be represented at the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey today

Revealed: How the monarchies of Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Luxembourg are related to the Queen. All the major royal houses of Europe will be represented at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today

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