After concluding the work of the G7 Summit in England, the US president and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, were received by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, near London.
The presidential couple arrived in the Marine One presidential helicopter at the Queen’s residence in the county of Berkshire.
The 95-year-old monarch greeted Biden in the castle courtyard, where she waited under a covered platform protecting her from the sun on one of the hottest days of the year in Britain. The assembled soldiers of the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, gave the royal salute, and Biden put his hands over his heart as the American national anthem sounded.
After the parade, the monarch of England invited the American couple to have tea and coffee inside the building.
U.S. President Joe Biden took advantage of the meeting to invite Queen Elizabeth of England to visit the White House and said she reminded him of his mother.
” She was “very gracious”, Joe Biden said, before departing from Heathrow Airport for Brussels, Belgium.
The US president explained that the queen asked him about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as inquiring about what his life is like in the White House.
.”I told her White House could fit in the yard,” joked Joe Biden, alluding to Windsor Castle
The three seemed relaxed and at times exchanged smiles, in a visit that stands out for lacking the tension that marked those of former US President Donald Trump, who visited the Queen, with his wife Melania, during a state visit in 2019 and another official one in 2018.
Joe Biden, who is making his first international trip, is the thirteenth U.S. president to meet the monarch, with Lyndon B Johnson being the only exception.
Biden, who first met the queen in 1982 as a Democratic senator for Delaware. Then he traveled to the United Kingdom to participate in a meeting of the British-American group in the British Parliament.
Biden already enjoyed the company of the British head of state last Friday at the reception which she gave to G7 leaders at the Eden Project ecology center in Cornwall.
After the ceremony with his majesty, the U.S. president traveled to Brussels to participate in the NATO summit.
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