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Queen meets Joe Biden at Windsor Castle

Sky News Screen Grab The president and First Lady Jill Biden were welcomed by the Queen at Windsor Castle Sky News Screen Grab The president and First Lady Jill Biden were welcomed by the Queen at Windsor Castle
Sandy Nunez | 14 June, 2021, 02:36

He attended the G7 summit, met for one-on-one talks with at least four leaders and held a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II.

Biden stood next to the queen in the sunshine, wearing his aviator sunglasses, before inspecting the troops in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, last seen on television during the somber funeral ceremony of her husband, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.

Biden, who first met the queen in 1982 as a Democratic senator for DE, said following the meeting that she was "extremely gracious" and that she reminded him of his mother in terms of "the look of her and the generosity".

U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will have tea with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Sunday at the end of the G7 summit and as he wraps up the British leg of his first global trip since taking office.

US President Joe Biden inspects a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle.

And he said she'd asked about Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the queen", Jill Biden said after they arrived in Britain on Thursday.

She wore a summery pink Stewart Parvin dress, a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and the diamond Jardine star brooch, believed to be one of her favourite pieces of jewellery. Biden returned to the dais and he, the first lady and the white-gloved woman who has held the British throne for almost 70 years watched the military march past before they went inside for tea.

After taking private afternoon tea with the queen on Sunday, Biden is traveling to nearby Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, before heading to Switzerland on Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The vehicle pulled up - a few minutes ahead of schedule - and out stepped President Biden, wearing dark glasses, holding his wife's hand as they walked up the dais steps to meet the Queen.

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Biden is the 13th American president to meet the monarch. She has since met almost every American president (Lyndon Johnson was the exception) who served during her 69 years on the throne.

It came just hours after she had returned to Windsor from Cornwall, where she met G7 leaders and posed for the traditional "family photo", prompting chuckles as she quipped: "Are you supposed to look as if you're enjoying yourself?"

The Queen, 95, first met a serving United States president, Harry S Truman, as Princess Elizabeth in 1951.

Her Majesty has met all but Lyndon Johnson.

As they left the dais, Biden offered the queen an elbow.

It was due to last around half-an-hour, but overran by nearly 20 minutes.

The first lady spent time with the Queen's granddaughter-in-law, attending a school with her in Cornwall on Friday, where the pair met some of the pupils in reception class, before sitting on a round table about education and Early Years development.

On arrival to England last week, first lady Jill Biden told reporters that meeting the queen was "an exciting part of the visit for us".