President Biden on Thursday offered his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II on what would have been the 100th birthday of her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April.
Biden made the public comments — ahead of his announcement that the US is providing 500 million doses of COVID vaccine — after a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his first trip abroad as president. Biden is scheduled to meet with the Queen on Sunday.
“I want to express our condolences on behalf of Jill and I, to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family and the people of the United Kingdom,” Biden said. “Today would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday. I know there are a lot of people feeling his absence today.”
The Queen will host Biden and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle before Biden departs for Belgium, where he will attend a NATO summit. The UK was the first stop of his trip due to a G-7 summit in Cornwall.
Biden also touted his plan to buy 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to gift to other countries — saying that the US would not seek to forge geopolitical alliances through vaccine diplomacy, as China and Russia have done with countries.
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