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Biden Pays Respects To Queen Elizabeth Before Funeral

LONDON - U.S. President Joe Biden paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth on the eve of her state funeral on Sunday, appearing on a balcony overlooking the coffin of Britain's late monarch as she lay in state.

Biden is among the scores of dignitaries and royals from across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas who will attend Monday's funeral. Hundreds of thousands of people have descended on London to pay tribute to Britain's longest - reigning monarch, who died on Sept.8 aged 96.

Elizabeth's body has been lying at the historic Westminster Hall since Wednesday, and people from all walks of life and from around the country and overseas have queued for hours to file past her coffin in a constant, emotional stream.

As Biden took his place on the balcony along his wife Hill, he made the sign of the cross before briefly placing his hand on his heart.

The U.S. president will later join King Charles and other leaders from around the globe for a reception ahead of the grand state funeral.


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