Queen Elizabeth welcomed President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to Windsor Castle on Sunday – the 13th sitting President the 95-year-old monarch has met in her reign.
Biden and his wife have afternoon tea with the monarch at Windsor Castle, their childhood home, at the end of the G7 summit and as he concludes the UK leg of his first international trip since taking office.
The 95-year-old British royal family welcomed the Bidens to the quadrangle of the castle, which has been the home of the royal family for almost 1,000 years and where they have spent much of their time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Upon arrival, an honor guard formed from the Grenadier Guards of the Queen’s Company First Battalion gave a royal salute and the US national anthem was played, with the first couple placing their hands in front of their hearts and standing on either side of the Queen.
The president was then led by a line of troops standing at attention in the grass. He had a stern look on his face after taking off his signature aviator glasses, but when 78-year-old Biden got to the end of the line, he smiled for the soldier in front of him holding up a sword. The Queen and Jill Biden stayed on the dais.
Photos later showed the President, First Lady and Queen Elizabeth before tea in the castle. Reporters weren’t allowed in.
During the Queen’s nearly 70-year reign, President Lyndon B. Johnson is the only one who did not meet her during his tenure.
She has welcomed four other US presidents to Windsor Castle, where she has isolated during the coronavirus pandemic. They are Donald Trump 2018, Barack Obama 2016, George W. Bush 2008 and Ronald Reagan 1982.
The Queen met the Bidens on her visit to Britain after holding a reception for the leaders of the Groups of the Seven Rich Nations and their spouses in Cornwall on the south-west tip of England on Friday evening, where a three-day summit was held .
On Friday, the Queen hosted a reception for the Bidens and the other leaders attending the G-7 summit. As she posed for a group photo, she drew laughter from those present.
“Are you supposed to look like you’re enjoying yourself?” said Elisabeth.
The Queen performed her duties from Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic and following the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.
After meeting the Queen, Biden will travel to Belgium for a NATO alliance meeting and to Switzerland on Wednesday for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Saturday, Elizabeth celebrated her 95th birthday by watching a military parade at Windsor Castle, including a flyover of the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.
-With postal wires