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President Joe Biden held his first meeting with King Charles III on Wednesday, offering his condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The White House issued a statement saying Biden and the King discussed the Queen’s memory, with Biden commenting on his visit to the royal family at Windsor Castle last year. Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to the UK next week for the Queen’s state funeral.

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“The President fondly remembers the Queen’s kindness and hospitality,” the White House wrote. “They also expressed the American people’s great admiration for the Queen, whose dignity and constancy deepened the enduring friendship and special relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom.”

Biden said he expects to continue a “close” relationship with King.

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Queen Elizabeth II is remembered as King Charles III ascends the British throne

  Queen Elizabeth II with US President Joe Biden at the Grand Corridor during a visit to Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England.

King Charles III receives the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Biden and the First Lady are among nearly 500 foreign dignitaries who have been invited to the Queen’s funeral on September 19. The UK, however, has refused invitations to the leaders of Russia and Belarus.

The Queen’s coffin left Buckingham Palace with a military procession on Wednesday. Its final destination will be Westminster Abbey, where they will be served. This would be the first time since the 1700s that a British monarch would be cremated at the abbey.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster will lead the service with sermons before being called on to speak by newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss.