LONDON – President Joe Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II on a trip to the UK this month, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday.
Biden will be in the UK to participate in the Group of Seven summit of world leaders at Carbis Bay, a small seaside resort in Cornwall, about 300 miles west of London. The meeting will take place from June 11 to 13.
Leaders from Germany, France and Japan will also attend the summit where climate change and recovery from Covid-19 are expected to be high on the agenda.
The coronavirus pandemic has limited opportunities for Biden to travel outside of the United States, so the G7 rally will be his first in-person overseas engagement.
The president and his wife, Jill, will then travel to Windsor Castle, about 30 miles west of London, to meet with the monarch on June 13, the statement said.
The meeting will be an important event for the royal, following the death in April of her husband, Prince Philip, although she has made several public appearances since then.
The Bidens sent their condolences after Philip’s death and said they keep the royal family “in our hearts during this time.”
Elizabeth, 95, the longest-living monarch in the world, has met every US President since 1951 except President Lyndon B. Johnson, and next year she will celebrate 70 years on the throne, known in Great Britain as the Platinum Jubilee.
Planning has already started for a four-day celebration in June 2022, including an additional national holiday, events across the Commonwealth, as well as “events that blend the best of British splendor and pageantry with artistic displays. and cutting-edge technology “.
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The Queen met Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 and welcomed him again during an official state visit to the UK in June 2019.
His travels were marred by controversy when he weighed in on Brexit negotiations and quarreled with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Ahead of his 2019 visit, Trump also used the word ‘villain’ in conjunction with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in an interview with UK tabloid The Sun.