PRINCE Philip and Queen Elizabeth have been loved by American Presidents from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
President Joe Biden and former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama are among those commemorating Prince Philip, who passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth, who tragically passed away on September 8, 2022, has met every US president elected during her reign since ascending to the throne in 1952 – with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.
Prince Philip has accompanied the Queen to hundreds of these meetings – whether overseas or in her home country.
Biden and his wife Jill Biden have historically had a good relationship with Philip and the Queen.
Biden is expected to visit Buckingham Palace in June as part of a series of in-person events surrounding the G7 global economics conference.
The Bidens also have a friendship with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex – whom they first met at a reception for wounded warriors in Washington, DC, in 2013.
In a statement released today, Biden and the First Lady offered the Queen their “deepest condolences” “on behalf of the entire people of the United States.”
“Over the course of his 99-year life, he has witnessed how our world has changed dramatically and time and time again. From his service during the Second World War, to his 73 years at the Queen’s side and throughout his life in public, Prince Philip has dedicated himself fondly to the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and his family.”
The Bidens continued to appreciate Prince Philip’s dedication to public service, environmental efforts, his support for the armed forces and the young people he inspired.
“His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he has shaped,” the statement said.
The couple then concluded the statement, saying they keep the Queen and Prince Philp’s family “in our hearts during this time”.
US President Donald Trump called Philip’s death an “irreplaceable loss to Britain” on Friday.
“The world mourns the loss of Prince Philip, a man who embodied the noble soul and proud spirit of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” Trump said in a statement.
Philip, he said, “defined British dignity and grace”.
“He embodied the quiet restraint, stern steadfastness and unyielding integrity of the United Kingdom.
“His exceptional example of service, steadfastness and patriotism will be his greatest legacy.”
Trump and First Lady Melania last visited the Royals in June 2019.
The occasion was a special state visit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The couple attended several distinctly British meet-and-greet opportunities, including tea with heir Prince Charles, a banquet at Buckingham Palace, a tour of Westminster Abbey and a D-Day anniversary ceremony, most of which together with kings took place.
Queen Elizabeth and Philip first traveled to Washington, DC to meet President Harry Truman in 1951 – when Elizabeth was still a princess.
They also received Trump at Windsor Castle when he visited England in 2018.
In 2016, the then 94-year-old Duke of Edinburgh became the chauffeur when he took the Obamas to Windsor Castle for lunch.
Barack Obama – who was then serving as President – and his wife Michelle had developed close ties to the royals since Obama took office, and the Queen received them at Buckingham Palace during her 2011 state visit to the UK.
The Queen reportedly admitted to having a “soft thing about Americans” since meeting Obama in 2009.
According to reports from The Express, a former staffer for royal author Tom Quinn said the monarch would welcome Obama returning to the UK for a visit even though he is no longer president.
In Quinn’s book Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle, the former staffer is quoted as saying: “The Queen has a soft spot for Americans after meeting Barack Obama, who she fell madly in love with. “
In a statement released today following the news of Philip’s death, Obama said he had shown “what it means to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”
“But he also found a way to lead without demanding the limelight,” it said.
“He proved that true partnership leaves room for ambition and selflessness – all in the service of something greater.”
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have expressed their condolences on the death of Prince Philip.
The Clintons’ statement expressed their condolences to Queen Elizabeth II, her family and the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
“Hillary and I mourn the loss of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and we join people from around the world in giving thanks for his remarkable life of service.
“We have enjoyed every opportunity to visit him over the years and will always be deeply grateful for the kindness he has shown us.”
George HW Bush
The 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush, brought the Queen and Prince Philip to a baseball game in 1991.
Bush 41, a big fan of the game, took the Royals to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Oakland Athletics in Maryland.
It was the Queen’s first time at a baseball game.
Former President Jimmy Carter also offered his condolences to the royal family following news of Prince Philip’s death.
“We are sorry to hear that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away,” he tweeted.
“President Carter and other Heads of State dined with HRH and other members of the Royal Family while attending the G7 Summit in London on May 7, 1977.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/2669949/prince-philip-american-presidents-obama-trump-death-windsor/ Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are loved by American Presidents from Bill Clinton to Obama and Trump