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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.
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.
Jill Biden to meet the Queen
Almost five months into her new job, Jill Biden is still revealing what kind of first lady she wants to be, but one thing is already clear: you can call her "Jill."Biden has insisted at just about every turn that people address her by her first name. She means it -- people actually call her that or, sometimes, "Dr. B." The familiar approachability is part of the Biden narrative, and an aspect of her personality into which she leans hard.
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 along a row of troops standing at attention on the grass. He wore 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.
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.
The Bidens then headed inside to take tea with the woman who has held the British throne for nearly 70 years. As they left the dais, Biden offered an elbow to the white-gloved queen. She did not take his arm, and stepped down while holding the handrail.
The Bidens emerged from the castle just shy of having spent a full hour with the queen and boarded the helicopter for the return trip to London.
to meet the monarch. 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.
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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.
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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.