The 96-year-old died “peacefully” Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands, where she was surrounded by her family, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Biden, who met with the queen at Windsor Castle last year on his first overseas trip as president, mourned her passing in a lengthy statement released by the White House.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era,” Biden said. “In a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without her.”
President Donald Trump met with the queen twice during his one term in office. Barack Obama met with her four times during his two-term presidency.
The queen’s last visit to the United States was in 2007, when President George W. Bush welcomed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to the White House.
“Our two nations hold fundamental values in common," Bush said during their visit. "We honor our traditions and our shared history."
The only U.S. president during her reign not to meet with the queen in person was Lyndon Johnson, who was sworn in after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
In 1961, Queen Elizabeth hosted a lavish royal ball for Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy at Buckingham Palace.
Her meetings with U.S. presidents predated her becoming queen.
President Harry Truman hosted then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Washington, D.C., in 1951, a year before she ascended the throne.
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Johnson was the only U.S. president not to meet the queen, although he did host her sister, Princess Margaret, at the White House.
Environmental groups and farmers are demanding better protection from oil and gas development for the rivers and flood plains of the Lake Eyre basin.The call follows a major study investigating the distribution of oil and gas across the flood plains that identified major environmental concerns.
South Korea and the US military have conducted missile drills in response to North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, as the United Nations Security Council prepares to meet over Pyongyang's longest-range test.Nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) farther than ever before on Tuesday, sending it soaring over Japan for the first time in five years and prompting a warning for residents there to take cover.
A Victorian man has admitted he drugged and raped a woman who rented a room from him after it was advertised on Gumtree.Marco Gastello, 44, appeared by video link from prison in Melbourne's County Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to five sexual offences.
A western Sydney teenager who disappeared more than 50 years ago was seen talking to two men in a panel van on the day she vanished without a trace.Police now want to track down the pair as they try to determine what happened to 15-year-old Lynette Melbin and hope a $500,000 reward will prompt someone to come forward and help them uncover her fate.
New Zealand's biggest pop star, Lorde, has made a late intervention into the Auckland mayoral race, but has fallen foul of election law in doing so.On Tuesday, the 25-year-old posted an endorsement of Labour candidate Efeso Collins to her 9.
NSW Police are investigating if the death of a 12-year-old Wollongong boy is linked to a social media Tik Tok craze encouraging children as young as 10 to lure police into pursuits.A stolen black Holden Barina crashed into a traffic light at Towradgi in the early hours of Tuesday morning, half an hour before the boy was dropped at a friend's house by a silver car.
A court appeal against a landmark legal victory by traditional owners halting drilling at a massive Northern Territory gas project has been expedited.The Federal Court will hear the appeal on November 15 and 16 after the same court last month found the offshore gas regulator shouldn't have approved environmental plans to drill in the Barossa gas field, 265km northwest of Darwin.
A bill to give First Nations people in NSW a greater say in cultural and heritage protection doesn't go far enough, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.The proposed legislation would establish an Aboriginal Cultural and Heritage Council to oversee future development in NSW.
An elderly man on trial for angrily murdering his ex-wife's new boyfriend with an axe says he carried the weapon in his car in case people attacked him.Cabramatta West man Thanh Tran, 79, admits repeatedly striking Pok Min Fah to the head with the axe after knocking him down with his car on March 14, 2019.
That's how Queensland's top cop described the behaviour of senior policemen who helped each other get away with sexual assaults on junior female officers.Multiple cases of sexual assault, harassment and bullying in the force have been aired in an inquiry into police culture.