President Biden told King Charles III he wanted a “close relationship” moving forward during the leaders’ first call since Queen Elizabeth II’s death — as Biden prepares to attend her funeral.
Biden called to “offer his condolences” and “recalled fondly the Queen’s kindness and hospitality, including when she hosted him and the First Lady at Windsor Castle last June,” the White House said.
Biden also “conveyed his wish to continue a close relationship with the King,” and “conveyed the great admiration of the American people for the Queen, whose dignity and constancy deepened the enduring friendship and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
Charles III is well known for his environmental and anti-global warming political activism which is in line with Biden’s efforts to massively boost government support for green-energy initiatives.
The British government gave the United States just two tickets for the funeral in Westminster Abbey, which can fit 2,200 people, meaning only Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend, rather than a larger US delegation.
In one concession to the US, Biden reportedly will be allowed to arrive to the church in his own presidential vehicle. An early report said planning documents called for world leaders to be corralled onto buses and driven to the site.
It’s unclear why it took Biden and Charles III nearly a full week to speak on the phone.