US President Joe Biden has tea with the Queen


WINDSOR CASTLE: Joe Biden completed the first leg of his first overseas trip as US President on Sunday, inspecting a military honor guard and having tea with Queen Elizabeth II.
Under bright sunshine, the 78-year-old American leader’s Marine One helicopter touched down at Windsor Castle, west London, after the three-day G7 summit ended in Cornwall, southwest London. ‘England.
The Queen, 95, in a pink floral gown with a matching hat, is now back to her frontline royal duties after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April.
She had met Biden and his wife, Jill, at the G7 leaders’ summit on Friday, hosting a reception at the Eden Project eco-visitor attraction.
And on Saturday, she reviewed a scaled-down Trooping of the Color, also in Windsor, as part of her official birthday celebrations.
Sunday’s much-publicized reception for the Bidens, which included a military band playing both the British and US national anthems, means she has now officially met 13 of the last 14 sitting US Presidents – with the exception of Lyndon B Johnson – since taking the throne in 1952.
Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump visited in June 2019.
It was also the monarch’s first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader in more than a year, after being forced into self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden, in dark suit, inspected the Grenadier Guards in their red tunics and black bearskin hats on the pristine lawns of the quadrangle of the historic royal palace.
Some of the soldiers had attended the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s husband of 78 years, who died within weeks of his 100th birthday.
The Bidens of the day paid homage to the Duke, saying: “His legacy will live not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he has shaped.”
They greeted the “left eyes” as they passed the monarch and the Bidens, who stood to attention under a white awning, before the dignitaries disappeared inside.
The First Lady of the United States, who is set to return to Washington after the royal reception, while her husband travels to Europe for further meetings, said on Friday it was “an exciting part” of their visit to UK.


Kevin E. Boling

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