First lady Jill Biden is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and respect she is witnessing for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to London with President Joe Biden, especially the viewing of the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall, she told CNN on Sunday.
“It was really moving. We walked in there, Joe and I, near the coffin, the mourners were filing past,” Biden told CNN in a phone interview. The first lady said she witnessed a young boy in a Boy Scout uniform walk past the coffin.
“He put up his three fingers and he gave the Queen a final salute, and just seeing that gave me a lump in my throat,” she recalled.
Biden added she could feel the deep emotional toll the Queen’s death has had on the people of the United Kingdom, noting that the “thousands and thousands” of people queuing to pay their respects was “an amazing sight.”
Biden noted that she, too, would have stood in line for 24 hours if that’s what it took to pay her respects to someone she loved, as many of Elizabeth’s fans and admirers have done.
“Things are running on time,” she said. “It’s a pretty impressive operation.”
Biden recounted her own personal interactions with the Queen through the years.
“She, of course, was Queen my entire life,” said Biden. “I had met her after I had married Joe. I was young, I was a young mother, it was when Joe was a senator, we went over [to the UK] to meet the Queen. She was very warm then.”
Yet it was the Bidens’ private tea with her last summer that left the deepest impression.
“I loved her sense