President Joe Biden met Queen Elizabeth II in England on Friday – the first time he has met a British sovereign as commander in chief of the armed forces.
President and First Lady Jill Biden is pictured speaking with the Queen at an event for heads of state attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Pictures showed the Queen – wearing pearls, white gloves and a floral dress – smiling heartily as she spoke with the first lady outside a giant dome at a complex known as the Eden Project, where leaders gathered for an evening reception.
Biden is the thirteenth US president to meet with the Queen, whose reign began in 1952.
The 95-year-old has met every US president during her time on the throne with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.
Her first encounter as Queen was with Dwight Eisenhower in 1957 – the 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 met the Queen in 1982 when he was a US senator.
Friday’s meeting comes just two months after the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, died on April 9 At the age of 99.
Prince Charles was also present at the G7 event from the British Royal Family. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
In the photos, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen speaking with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Prince Charles.
Friday was the first full day of talks at the summit, with Johnson telling attendees it was a chance to “step up across our communities” and “build back better” after Corona virus pandemic.
He also said leaders need to address issues of economic inequality as well as climate change.
“I actually think we have a great opportunity for that, because as the G7, we 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, where she made them laugh by asking, “Are you supposed to look like you’re having a good time?”
Johnson replied, “Yes.” “We enjoyed ourselves despite appearances.”
The Bidens are scheduled to visit Windsor Castle for a private meeting with the Queen on Sunday.
Jun 12, 2021 at 22:12 pm
correction: The Queen’s reign began in 1952. An earlier version of this story missed the year.