Joe Biden meets Queen Elizabeth II
Few figures on the worldwide stage have been within the recreation longer than President Biden, however one among them is Queen Elizabeth II.
Almost 40 years in the past after the 2 first met when he was a U.S. senator, the British monarch obtained Mr. Biden in addition to first girl Jill Biden at an official ceremony Sunday adopted by tea at Windsor Fort, the ultimate cease on his journey to England for the Group of Seven financial summit.
The 95-year-old monarch has now met 14 U.S. presidents, undoubtedly greater than any dwelling individual, together with all however one sitting president since her reign started in 1952 — the exception being President Lyndon B. Johnson throughout his 1963-69 White Home tenure.
Mr. Biden praised the queen afterward as “very gracious,” and stated that she requested about Chinese language president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin, with whom the president is scheduled to fulfill Wednesday.
He additionally stated that she reminded him of his mom, Catherine Finnegan Biden.
“We had a protracted discuss, and she or he was very beneficiant,” Mr. Biden informed reporters afterward. “I don’t assume she’d be insulted, however [she] jogs my memory of my mom, when it comes to the look of her and simply the generosity.”
Mr. Biden met the queen in 1982, however his first rendezvous along with her as president got here Friday at a reception in Cornwall, the location of the summit, an occasion that included G-7 leaders in addition to the 2 royals subsequent in line for the throne, her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William.
Mr. Biden’s go to to Windsor Fort started with a presentation of the dignity guard on the Windsor Fort quadrangle.
The Bidens stood on the dais on both facet of the queen for the ceremony, then Mr. Biden was invited for an inspection of the Guard of Honor accompanied by Maj. James Taylor, captain of the queen’s firm, and Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, captain of the guard.
The Bidens had been escorted into the fort to the queen’s condominium for the personal assembly. Mr. Biden stated afterward that he invited her for a go to to the White Home.
After tea, Mr. Biden jetted off to Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Group summit.
The Biden go to represented one of many queen’s first public appearances for the reason that dying of her husband Prince Phillip, who handed away in April on the age of 99.
The royal household marked what would have been his a hundredth birthday on Thursday.
In her life, Elizabeth has met 14 U.S. presidents — 12 whereas she was queen and he was president.
She was nonetheless a princess when she was launched to her first U.S. commander-in-chief, President Harry S. Truman, in 1951.
The 14th of these presidents was now not in workplace for his or her encounter. In 1957, she met former President Herbert Hoover at a luncheon, about 24 years after he left the Oval Workplace in 1933.