LONDON — They fulfilled Friday at the Group of Seven top, however President Joe Biden and the very first woman had an entirely more personal conference with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday at her house in Windsor Castle.
The king, 95, got the Bidens for tea at her historical house about 30 miles west of London. They were welcomed with an authorities Guard of Honor military parade, which offered a royal salute and played the U.S. nationwide anthem.
Biden stood beside the queen in the sunlight, using his pilot sunglasses, prior to examining the soldiers in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, last seen on tv throughout the mournful funeral event for her partner, Prince Philip, who passed away at 99 in April.
The queen, who has actually stoically continued with her main responsibilities ever since, fulfilled Biden together with other world leaders and their partners Friday at the G-7 top by the beach in Cornwall in southwest England.
There, she entertained leaders when she quipped throughout a picture call: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourselves?”
Biden, who initially fulfilled the queen in 1982 as a Democratic senator from Delaware, stated after the conference that she was “extremely gracious.”
“I don’t think she’ll be insulted, but she reminded me of my mother,” Biden stated as he boarded Air Force One, saying on “the look of her and the generosity.” Biden likewise validated that he welcomed her to check out the White House.
Biden is the 13th serving president Elizabeth has actually fulfilled. As queen, she has actually fulfilled every serving president considering that Dwight D. Eisenhower — other than Lyndon B. Johnson, who did not take a trip to Britain while in workplace. As a 25-year-old princess in 1951, she likewise stuck with President Harry S. Truman and his household in Washington.
The queen has actually hosted 4 other presidents at Windsor Castle in the last few years, consisting of Donald Trump, who stunned press reporters and palace experts in 2018 when he breached royal procedure by strolling ahead of the queen, sometimes obstructing her view and providing her his back.
After a state see in 2019, Trump informed Fox News: “There are those that say they have never seen the queen have a better time.”
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On her arrival in England recently, very first woman Jill Biden informed press reporters that satisfying the queen was “an exciting part of the visit for us.”
She likewise carried out a different engagement with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, when the 2 went to a school Friday.
The duchess stated throughout the see that she was eagerly anticipating satisfying her brand-new niece, Lilibet Diana, who was born in California this month.
Britain’s royal household has actually had a rough year in the public eye following a bombshell interview offered by the queen’s grand son Prince Harry and his partner, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
The couple shocked audiences with accusations of royal bigotry — which the palace rejected — while Meghan spoke openly about how royal life and media pressure had actually taken its toll on her psychological health.
After taking personal afternoon tea with the queen Sunday, Biden flew to neighboring Brussels on Sunday night for a NATO top. He heads to Switzerland on Wednesday for a conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden stated the queen had actually inquired about Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Associated Press contributed.