LONDON – They met at the Group of Seven summit on Friday, but President Joe Biden and the First Lady had a more private meeting with British Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday at her home in Windsor Castle.
The monarch, 95, received the Bidens for tea at her historic residence, about 30 miles west of London. Upon arrival, they were greeted by an official military parade of the honor guard, who gave a royal salute and played the US national anthem.
Biden stood next to the Queen in the Sun, wearing his aviator sunglasses, before inspecting the troops in the Windsor Castle Quadrangle, last seen on television during her grim funeral ceremony. husband, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.
The Queen has stoically continued her official duties since then and met Biden alongside other world leaders and their wives at the G-7 summit on Friday at the seaside in Cornwall, southwestern England. England.
There, she amused the executives when she joked during a photo call, “Are you supposed to sound like you’re having fun?
Biden, who first met the Queen in 1982 as a Democratic Senator from Delaware, said following the meeting that she was “extremely gracious” and reminded him of her mother in terms of “her look and generosity “. The president also confirmed that he invited her to visit the White House.
Biden is the 13th sitting president the monarch has met. She has met every sitting US president since Dwight Eisenhower – except Lyndon Johnson who did not visit Britain during his tenure.
As a 25-year-old princess in 1951, she also stayed with President Harry S. Truman and his family in Washington, DC
The Queen has hosted four other US Presidents at Windsor Castle in recent years, including former President Donald Trump in 2018, who shocked press and palace experts when he broke royal protocol by marching in front of the Queen , sometimes blocking her view and giving her her back.
After a state visit in 2019, Trump told Fox News: “There are those who say they’ve never seen the Queen have a better time.”
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Upon arriving in England last week, First Lady Jill Biden told reporters meeting the Queen was “an exciting part of the visit for us”.
She also made a separate engagement with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, when the two visited a school on Friday.
Kate told NBC News during the visit that she looks forward to meeting her new California-born niece, Lilibet Diana earlier this month.
The British Royal Family have had an eventful year in the public eye following an explosive interview given by the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
The couple stunned viewers with allegations of royal racism – denied by the palace – while Meghan also spoke publicly about how royal life and media pressure had taken its toll on her sanity.
After enjoying private tea with the Queen on Sunday, Biden heads to nearby Brussels for a NATO summit, before heading to Switzerland on Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden noted that the Queen had asked questions about Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.