On Sunday at Windsor Castle, the US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will have tea with Queen Elizabeth, at the end of the G7 summit and as he wraps up the British leg of his first international trip since taking the office.
The 95-year-old British monarch will greet the Bidens in the Quadrangle of the castle, which is the home of the royal family for nearly a 1,000 years and where the queen herself has spent much of her time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Buckingham Palace had said that after the President and her wife’s arrival, a Guard of Honour; formed of the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, will give a Royal Salute, and the US National Anthem will also be played.
The queen has already met the Bidens on their visit to Britain, having hosted a reception for the leaders on the Groups of Seven Rich Nations and their spouses on Friday night in Cornwall, in a three-day summit held on the southwest tip of England.
After arriving on Thursday, Jill Biden said that her husband and she are “looking forward to meeting the queen,” which is an “exciting part” of the visit for us.
Biden will become the fourth president and first lady that the queen has received at Windsor.
She has also received the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George. W. Bush and his wife in 2008, and the Reagans in 1982.
During the Queen’s 69 years on the British Throne; the longest reign of any English monarch, there have been 14 US presidents, of which Elizabeth has met all, except for Lyndon Johnson.
Despite the loss of her 99-year-old husband in April, the queen has shown determination to carry on with her official duties as head of the state during the high-profile G7 summit.
On Friday, after having hosted the leaders, the Queen cracked a joke during the official photocall.
She provoked more laughter at another official engagement for a local project immediately after when she cut a cake with a long ceremonial sword.
On Saturday, the queen was back in Windsor for a military parade to mark her official birthday, which has been the first one she marked without her husband, Phillip.