President Joe Biden has shared his heartfelt condolences to the Queen and the Royal Family on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
Mr Biden’s remarks came after a visit to Cornwall for the G7 summit, in which the US president met his British counterpart Boris Johnson today.
Mr Biden said: “First of all, on behalf of Jill and I, I would like to express our condolences to Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.
“Today would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday. I know many people are feeling his absence today.”
It comes as Mr Johnson said President Biden was a “breath of fresh air” in an apparent swipe at predecessor Donald Trump – and lauded the pair’s “great” talks.
Boris praised the US president after a one-on-one meeting at the G7 in Cornwall.
Speaking later, the prime minister referred to the renewal of the 1941 Atlantic Charter between Churchill and Roosevelt, saying it was of “massive, massive strategic importance” to both firms.
He revealed that “the conversation was great” and “lasted a long time” in a show of the pair’s apparently good relationship.
They have met for the first time since President Biden took office – and also the US leader’s first foreign trip.
And in a slight swipe at former leader President Trump, Boris said: “It’s fantastic, it’s a breath of fresh air.”
He said the pair discussed a range of issues they wanted to work on together, from security to climate change, and that their chats covered “huge topics”.
He was asked whether the US leader had “made his alarm clear” about Northern Ireland’s protocol – but he replied: “No, he did not”.
Although the US, UK and EU all want to keep the Good Friday Agreement and “maintain the balance of the peace process”, he said, “I am optimistic that we can do that.”
Johnson said: “What I can say is that the US, the United States, Washington, the UK and the EU have one thing that we absolutely want to do, and that is to uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement. And making sure we keep the balance of the peace process going.
“It’s absolutely common ground and I’m optimistic we can do that.”
He added: “The conversations were great, they lasted a long time, we covered a huge range of topics and it’s wonderful to hear the Biden administration and Joe Biden because there’s so much they want to do with us, security, From NATO to climate change.
The Prime Minister’s Office shared a tweet today, saying: “The future of the world’s stability and prosperity lies in the cooperation between the UK and the US, who are the closest partners and greatest allies.”
It came like this:
- Biden joked that the pair “married above their station” and that both were punching above their weight in choosing their mates.
- Carrie and Jill went to the beach to paddle as their husbands were talking politics — and baby Wilf looked like they had a splash
- The new Mrs Johnson wore a stunning LK Bennett red dress and Zara shoes in support of British High Street
- Jill Biden wore a jacket with the words ‘love’ on the back – in a departure from Melania Trump’s ‘I Really Don’t Care’ raincoat
- ‘I keep forgetting I’m president’ Biden jokes in awkward moment during UK visit after running on stage
- Joe Biden gives rally speech to US troops in Britain and says ‘I’ll tell Mr Putin what I want him to know’
- Coming to the world stage, PM and Carey made their first public outing as a married couple
- A quirky clip shows Boris holding hands with Jill Biden
Mr Johnson also said: “We reaffirmed the special relationship – not to be called lightly – between our peoples and renewed our commitment to protecting the enduring democratic values shared by our two countries. “
The couples also gave each other presents, including Boris presenting a picture of Frederick Douglass to the US President.
Douglas was a former slave who campaigned against the practice in the 1800s.
The Prime Minister also presented a collection of short stories by Daphne Du Maurier to Jill Biden.
In return, the Bidens gave Boris an American-made bike and helmet, while Carey received a tote bag and a scarf.
Foreign policy was touched upon among the leaders – including discussions about Afghanistan, China, Iran and Russia, No. 10 revealed.
Bidens also praised the view of Carbys Bay with Mr Biden saying: “It’s gorgeous – I don’t want to go home.”
A Downing Street spokesman said tonight that the two leaders “look forward to important discussions at the G7 summit in the coming days” and “discussed the importance of the relationship between the UK and the US to protect our people, our To promote prosperity in both countries” and to promote our values around the world.
He said they would work even more closely on a new US-UK trade deal that would “create jobs and bring new opportunities for both our countries.”