By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Queen Elizabeth II visiting NASA in 2007, courtesy of NASA
September 9, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday at age 96, Britain’s longest serving monarch, President Joe Biden has ordered American flags flown at half staff in her honor.
Elizabeth reined for 70 years. Although the U.S. fought a war to declare independence from England in 1776, the two nations have retained friendly relations through the centuries. Queen Elizabeth II visited with every president from Harry Truman to Joe Biden, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.
In his proclamation, President Biden states, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era.”