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Biden to meet with Queen Elizabeth on 1st trip overseas as president
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II for the first time on June 13 as Biden makes his first trip overseas as president this month. Your browser does not support this video Buckingham Palace first announced the news in a tweet Thursday, which the White House then confirmed in a statement laying out the whole of Biden's trip to the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland.
WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon.
The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London.flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.
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The 95-year-old monarch greeted the Bidens in the castle’s quadrangle, where she waited beneath a covered dais that shielded her from the sun. Assembled soldiers from the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards gave a royal salute and the Bidens placed their hands over their hearts as the U.S. national anthem was played.
The president was then led down a row of troops standing at attention on the grass. He had a stern expression on his face after he had removed his trademark sunglasses, but when the 78-year-old Biden got to the end of the row, he smiled for the soldier in front of him who held up a sword. The queen and Jill Biden remained on the dais.
Queen Elizabeth will need to call upon her charm for Biden's visit
Biden's tension with the Johnson government has begun a relationship with Britain that could be fraught with obstacles. Notwithstanding this poor start to transatlantic relations, Queen Elizabeth will put on her best smile to greet the Bidens on Sunday - it is who she is and what is required by her role as queen. A constitutional monarch is a head of state - essentially, the No. 1 ambassador of his or her nation. Constitutional monarchs do not meddle in matters political or controversial, and for that they can enjoy popularity and longevity, as with Queen Elizabeth.
The Bidens then headed inside to take tea with the queen.
to meet the monarch. During the queen's nearly 70-year reign, President Lyndon B. Johnson is the only one who did not make her acquaintance while he was in office.
She has welcomed four other U.S. presidents to Windsor Castle, where she has been isolating during the coronavirus 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 came 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 said Sunday. Biden was part of a group that met with the monarch during that visit.
What to do -- and not do -- when you meet the Queen
A meeting with the monarch can be intimidating even if you are a world leader. US President Joe Biden will want to follow the established conventions for his one-on-one with the 95-year-old monarch. Here's a quick rundown of the royal rules of engagement. What you should do There is no obligatory code of conduct to abide by when greeting royals, according to the family's website. However, it does acknowledge that some may choose to observe "traditional forms." Basically, that means the Queen doesn't expect people to bow to her, though many do so anyway.
The queen has been riding out the pandemic at Windsor Castle, but also has begun getting out now and again after the April death of her husband,, at age 99.
On Friday, she joined other royal family members, including Prince Charles and Prince William and their spouses, at a reception in Cornwall for the Group of Seven leaders.
Superville reported from Washington.
A fan of aviator sunglasses, Joe Biden gifts Vladimir Putin a pair of his own .
Gift-giving between heads of state is a centuries-old tradition. It is seen as a gesture of friendship, cooperation and diplomacy. During the G-7 summit Biden gifted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a custom-made bicycle. Bilenky Cycle Works told the Washington Post that the State Department paid $1,800 for the bicycle, which normally costs $6,000. Johnson gifted Biden with a photograph of a mural of Fredrick Douglass. The photo was taken by Melissa Highton. Biden met with Putin at a one-day summit in Geneva Wednesday.