Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth beloved by American presidents from Bill Clinton to Obama and Trump
PRINCE Philip and Queen Elizabeth have been beloved 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 who have paid tribute to Prince Philip, who passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle this morning.
* Read our live blog for the very latest news on Prince Philip's death…
According to CNN, Queen Elizabeth has met every US president elected during her reign since taking to the throne in 1952 – except for Lyndon B. Johnson.
Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on hundreds of these meetings – whether overseas or in their home country.
Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have historically had a good relationship with Philip and Elizabeth.
Biden is expected to visit Buckingham Palace in June as part of a number of in-person events revolving around the G7 global economic conference.
The Bidens also have a friendship with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex – who they first met in 2013 at a reception for wounded warriors in Washington, D.C.
In a statement issued today, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sent their "deepest condolences" to the Queen "on behalf of all the people of the United States."
"Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye – Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family."
The Biden's went on to appreciate Prince Philip's devotion 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 shaped," the statement read.
The pair then concluded the statement, saying that they are keeping the Queen and Prince Philp's family "in our hearts during this time."
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump last visited with the royals from June 3-5, 2019, according to reports from Business Insider.
The occasion was a special state visit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The pair 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 was alongside royalty.
Queen Elizabeth and Philip traveled to Washington, DC for the first time to meet President Harry Truman in 1951 – when Elizabeth was still a princess.
They had also hosted Trump at Windsor Castle when he visited England in 2018.
In 2016 the Duke of Edinburgh, then 94, turned chauffeur when he ferried the Obamas to lunch at Windsor Castle.
Barack Obama – then serving as President – and his wife, had developed a close bond with the royals since Obama came to office, and the Queen hosted them at Buckingham Palace during their 2011 state visit to the UK.
The Queen reportedly admitted having a “soft spot for Americans" ever since meeting former US President Barack Obama in 2009.
According to reports from The Express, a former employee told royal author Tom Quinn that the monarch would like Mr Obama to come back to the UK for a visit, even though he is no longer President.
In Mr Quinn's book 'Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle', the former employee is quoted as saying: "The Queen has a soft spot for Americans after meeting Barack Obama who she completely fell in love with”.
A statement issued by Barack Obama today, following news of Philip’s death, said he showed “what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman”.
“Yet he also found a way to lead without demanding the spotlight,” it said.
“He proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness – all in service or something greater.”
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have offered their condolences on the death of Prince Philip, Kiro7 reported.
The statement from the Clintons extended their sympathies to Queen Elizabeth II, her family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“Hillary and I mourn the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and we join people from all around the world in giving thanks for his remarkable life of service.
"We enjoyed every opportunity we had to visit with him through the years and will always be deeply grateful for the kindness he showed us.”
Former president Jimmy Carter has also expressed their condolences to the royal family after news of Prince Philip’s passing.
“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 His Royal Highness and other members of the Royal Family on May 7, 1977, while attending the G7 Summit in London.”
Source: Read Full Article