President Joe Biden took off from London Stansted Airport bound for Washington just hours after joining countless heads of state and government at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.
Mr. Biden, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, boarded Air Force One for the flight to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, with the president’s plane taking off Monday at 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. local time). His departure from London came about two and a half hours after the late Queen’s funeral service ended.
The president’s visit to London lasted just under two days. He arrived late on Saturday aboard the presidential plane and signed the official condolence register at Lancaster House on Sunday. He had met Prime Minister Liz Truss while there, but the bilateral meeting was canceled and moved to later this week, when both Mr Biden and Ms Truss will be in New York for the UN General Assembly.
Just after signing the book, Mr Biden said his impression of the late Queen “was the same in person… as her image: decent, honorable and all about service”.
“To all the people of England, all the people of the United Kingdom, our hearts go out to you,” he said. “And you were lucky enough to have had her for 70 years. We all were. The world is better for her”.