U.S. President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden met Queen Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon at Windsor Castle following Biden’s participation on the G7 summit in Cornwall, U.K.
The Bidens arrived on the fortress aboard the presidential helicopter and have been ferried to the Queen in a black Range Rover. The 95-year-old monarch greeted the Bidens within the fortress’s quadrangle, the place she waited beneath a lined dais that shielded her from the solar on one of the most well liked days of the 12 months thus far within the United Kingdom.
Assembled troopers from the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards gave a royal salute and the Bidens positioned their fingers over their hearts because the U.S. nationwide anthem was performed.
The president was then led throughout the grass for an inspection of the Guard of Honour. He wore a stern expression on his face after he had eliminated his trademark aviator sun shades, however when the 78-year-old Biden received to the top of the row, he smiled for the soldier in entrance of him who held up a sword. The Queen and Jill Biden remained on the dais.
Biden returned to the dais and he, the primary woman and the monarch who has held the British throne for practically 70 years watched the navy march previous earlier than they went inside for tea. As they left the dais, Biden supplied the Queen an elbow. She declined and stepped down on her personal energy, utilizing the handrail.
The Bidens emerged from the fortress simply shy of having spent a full hour with the Queen and boarded the helicopter for the return journey to London.
At Heathrow Airport, Biden talked in regards to the Queen together with his touring press corps, saying she was “very gracious,” that she requested him about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping and that he had invited her to go to the White House.
“I do not assume she’ll be insulted, however she reminded me of my mom,” Biden mentioned earlier than he boarded Air Force One for his subsequent cease, Brussels.
It usually is frowned upon for anybody to disclose the contents of their non-public talks with the Queen.
13th president to fulfill Queen Elizabeth
Biden is the 13th American president to fulfill Queen Elizabeth. President Lyndon B. Johnson is the one one who didn’t make her acquaintance whereas he was in workplace.
She has welcomed 4 different U.S. presidents to Windsor Castle, the place she has been isolating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They are Donald Trump in 2018, Barack Obama in 2016, George W. Bush in 2008 and Ronald Reagan in 1982.
Biden’s first time meeting the Queen got here in November 1982, when as a U.S. senator he traveled to the United Kingdom for a meeting of the British-American Parliamentary Group, the White House mentioned Sunday. Biden was half of a bunch that met with the monarch throughout that go to.
The Queen has been using out the pandemic at Windsor Castle, but in addition has begun getting out every now and then after the April loss of life of her husband, Prince Philip, at age 99.
On Friday, she joined different royal relations — together with Prince Charles and Camilla, and Prince William and Kate — at a reception in Cornwall for the G7 leaders.