President Joe Biden met with Queen Elizabeth II in England on Friday – the first time he has met the British sovereign as Commander-in-Chief.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden were photographed talking to the Queen at an event for heads of state at the G7 Summit in Cornwall.
Photos showed the queen – in pearls, white gloves, and a floral dress – smiling warmly as she spoke to the first lady in front of a huge dome in a complex known as the Eden Project, where guides had gathered for an evening reception.
Biden is the 13th US President to meet with the Queen, whose reign began in 1952.
The 95-year-old monarch has met with every US president except Lyndon Johnson during her tenure on the throne.
Her first meeting as Queen was with Dwight Eisenhower in 1957 – that same year she met Herbert Hoover, who had left the White House two decades earlier. In 1951, when she was still a princess, she also met Harry Truman.
Biden had already met the Queen in 1982 when he was a US Senator.
The Friday meeting takes place just two months after the death of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, on April 9 at the age of 99.
Prince Charles was also present at the British royal family’s G7 event; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Photos showed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talking to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Prince Charles.
Friday was the first full day of negotiations at the summit, when Johnson told those in attendance it was an opportunity to “rise” in our societies and “better rebuild” after the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said that leaders need to address issues of economic inequality as well as climate change.
“I even believe that we have a huge opportunity because we as the G7 are united in our vision of a cleaner, greener world and a solution to the problems of climate change,” he added.
Before the evening reception, the Queen joined Biden and other world leaders for a group photo in which she made them laugh by asking, “Do you want to look like you are having fun?”
“Yes,” replied Johnson. “We enjoyed ourselves despite the appearances.”
The Bidens will visit Windsor Castle for a special private audience with the Queen on Sunday.
June 12, 2021, 10:12 p.m.
Correction: The Queen’s reign begins in 1952. An earlier version of this story incorrectly gave the year.