Queen Elizabeth II, 95, received United States President Joe Biden, 78, this Sunday (13) at Windsor Castle, after attending a three-day G7 meeting in southwestern England.
The monarch, clad in a floral robe and pink hat, greeted President and First Lady Jill Biden in the huge central courtyard of the nearly millennial castle about 30 miles west of London and where she has lived since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Under a blazing sun, the President was greeted by an honor guard from the Royal Brigadier Battalion who lined the lawn as the marching band performed US military marches.
The three then entered the castle to have tea and chat for around 40 minutes, before the Biden left the UK for Brussels, the next stop on their eight-day European tour.
After tea, Biden told reporters that he invited the Queen to visit the White House and that she remembered her mother: “I don’t think she will be insulted, but she reminds me of my mother, her eyes and generosity. “
According to the president, the monarch asked him about the leaders of China, Xi Jinping, and Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Elizabeth received her second dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the end of March and has since held most of her meetings virtually, including hearings with foreign ambassadors.
On Friday, she and her son Charles, heir to the throne, hosted a reception in England’s Cornwall region with other royals for leaders attending the G7 summit.
It was one of her first public appearances after her husband Prince Philip’s funeral in April and her most significant engagement since the opening of parliamentary session in London on May 11.
Biden’s meeting with the monarch takes place the day after his official birthday celebration, which is very limited this year due to the pandemic.
During her 69-year reign, the British Queen met all American Presidents except Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969).
Donald Trump paid a controversial state visit to the UK in June 2019 and was received by Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.