Politics Joe Biden's Sunglasses Gaffe With Queen Continues a Presidential Tradition
Biden's one-to-one with Queen is his rite of passage on world stage
When Joe Biden meets the Queen later this month, he will be the 13th American President to do so during her reign. The only US leader she didn't cross paths with was Lyndon B. Johnson. Biden will drop in on her at Windsor Castle, where she's been living during the pandemic, while in the UK for the G7 summit in southwest England. Buckingham Palace confirmed the plans on Thursday, announcing that first lady Jill Biden will also attend. © Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images Trump and the Queen inspect a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018.
Joe Biden kept his sunglasses on to greetin a breach of royal protocol—adding his name to a growing list of presidents to make gaffes on meeting the monarch.
A visit to a palace or castle to meet the world's longest currently reigning monarch is a historic moment for a U.S. leader.
During her almost 70 years on the throne,of the last 14 presidents, with Lyndon B. Johnson the only one to miss out.
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Joe Biden's eight-day trip offers chance to shore up alliances with allies, confront Vladimir Putin and visit with Queen Elizabeth.He’ll also get to enjoy one of the perks of the presidency: a visit with Queen Elizabeth II.
However, these state occasions are full of protocol and arcane royal etiquette, which is easy to miss—especially after three tiring days of G7 meetings.
Here are some of the other U.S. presidents to make diplomatic gaffes on meeting the Queen.
The president and first lady touched down in Britain on June 10, and
However, it was when he arrived for a guard of honor and tea with Elizabeth on Sunday, June 13, that he slipped up.
In temperatures of 80 F,as he made his way through Windsor Castle's Quadrangle to meet the Queen.
Grant Harrold, a former butler toand Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, told Newsweek: "If you're meeting the queen face-to-face there's no sunglasses or anything like that at all because eye contact is quite important with any introduction.
Photos show Joe Biden meeting Queen Elizabeth for the first time as president
The meeting marks Biden's first time meeting with the British monarch since he was inaugurated. He met the queen once as a senator in the 1980s.The meeting marks Biden's first time meeting with the British monarch since he was inaugurated earlier this year, as well as the queen's 13th meeting with a sitting US president.
"It's fine for Biden to have had sunglasses on but he should have removed them when he actually met the queen.
"Everyone else has to, it doesn't matter who you are, even royals remove sunglasses when they meet royals."
Donald Trump blundered twice on separate meetings with the queen, including in July 2018, when broadcast cameras recorded her ushering him to walk forward.
As the pair inspected a guard of honor at Windsor Castle, Trump then walked out in front of her only to stop suddenly, leaving Elizabeth to shuffle awkwardly around him.
The mistake was picked up on by commentators, with royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams tellingat the time that Trump "might as well have been wandering up and down a golf course."
Trump slipped up again the following year during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in June 2019.
Following Trump's speech, Elizabeth stood for his toast but, as she rose from her seat, Trump appeared to touch her on the back.
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Uninvited physical contact with royals is considered a breach of protocol.
Barack Obama found himself in an awkward position when the string orchestra of the Scots Guard began playing "God Save the Queen" during his speech at a Buckingham Palace banquet.
The then-president began with the words "to Her Majesty, the Queen," which the band appeared to interpret as his toast.
However, he in fact had more to say about the "special relationship" between America and Britain and kept on going.
On finishing, he then turned to toast the Queen, only to find she was standing still in honor of the British national anthem.
When the music stopped, the toast went ahead as planned.
However, if Obama was embarrassed by the confusion he did not show it on meeting then U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, when he joked that it was like the soundtrack on a movie.
The British politician told him: "I thought you did exactly the right thing."
First ladies are also a big part of formal royal events andgaffed when she hugged the Queen in 2009.
Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon
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. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit 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.
The Obamas were at Buckingham Palace and the former first lady later wrote in her memoir, Becoming, the pair chatted about how their heels had left them both with sore feet.
Discussing the hug, she added: "I did what's instinctive to me any time I feel connected to a new person."
George Bush Sr.
The queen has become well versed in public speaking, giving her first radio broadcast to her nation in 1940, aged just 14.
However, it does help to have someone set up the microphone for you, as she discovered during a meeting with George Bush Sr. at the White House in May, 1991.
Bush Sr. made his speech first but did not adjust the microphone stand for the Queen, who stands at just 5 feet 4 inches tall.
The result was that Elizabeth's face was hidden behind the microphone as the cameras filmed the event.
Asked why he didn't adjust the stand, Bush Sr. later told reporters: "Well, I feel badly I didn't. And I thought about it and—but she started to speak.
"And I didn't realize how it would look from a straight angle, or I would have interrupted her because it wasn't fair to her.
"And I'm just sorry that it was overlooked."
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.