Queen to meet Biden: Monarch will host US President and First Lady at Windsor Castle


The Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill on June 13, Buckingham Palace has announced. 

In a statement released this afternoon, it was confirmed that Her Majesty will host the president and First Lady at Windsor Castle next Sunday. 

Mr Biden, 78, will meet the Queen, 95, after his stay in Cornwall for the G7 summit, which runs from June 11 to June 13. He will be the 13th American president the Queen has met since ascending to the throne in 1953. 

There is speculation that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will also meet the American couple at some point during their visit to the UK. 

The meeting comes just months after Mr Biden was sworn-in as president – a stark contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump who didn’t meet the Queen for two years. 

Trump eventually visited in July 2018 – with his now-infamous meeting with Her Majesty seeing him break royal protocol on several occasions. 

He was branded ‘disrespectful’ after he was late for the meeting with the monarch,  forcing her to wait between 12 and 15 minutes in 80F heat. When he eventually did arrive, he and wife Melania shook hands with the Queen instead of bowing or curtseying. 

And in the worst faux pas of all, Trump turned his back on the Queen and marched ahead of her as they inspected the guard of honour. 

Buckingham Palace has announced the Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13

Buckingham Palace has announced the Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13 

Her Majesty will host the president and First Lady at Windsor Castle later this month

At one point, the Queen had to ask him to move to the left, only for Trump to ignore the signal and come to an abrupt stop in front of her. 

The Queen abandoned her efforts to get the President to move and simply shuffled around him.

Trump continued to stand stock-still, staring at the Coldstream Guards – who were in their traditional bearskin hats despite the 81F heat.

The Queen then appeared to leave him behind before she spurred him into movement again with a swift hand gesture.

He also faced a backlash for his rather sloppy appearance, leaving his jacket undone and tie long. 

Mr Biden will be hoping for a less eventful visit on his first visit since being sworn-in as president in January. 

The President and First Lady Jill Biden sent their condolences to the Queen following the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April.

Mr Biden and his wife said they were keeping the royal family ‘in our hearts during this time’.

Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: ‘The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday 13th June 2021.’ 

There have been 14 US presidents during the Queen’s 69-year reign – from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden. The only one the Queen did not meet was Lyndon B Johnson. 

The Bidens are also known friends of Prince Harry, with the Duke first photographed with first lady Jill Biden in 2012.

Trump turned his back on the Queen and marched ahead of her as they inspected the guard of honour during his visit in 2018

Trump turned his back on the Queen and marched ahead of her as they inspected the guard of honour during his visit in 2018

Trump turned his back on the Queen and marched ahead of her as they inspected the guard of honour during his visit in 2018

Since then, both the president and first lady have become supporters of the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games initiative, a competition for wounded servicemen.

In 2014, Mr Biden joked about how much time Jill and Prince Harry were spending together during an Invictus Games trip.

‘I’m a little worried here, you know what I mean?’ the then-vice president said.

His visit to Windsor Castle will follow hot on the heels of his stay at the G7 summit. 

The White House said Mr Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson while attending the G7. 

The leaders are expected to seek a way to ‘unlock’ travel between Britain and the US during their meeting.

Government sources told The Mail on Sunday that talks on how to ease Covid travel restrictions will be ‘on the table’ when the Prime Minister meets the US President in Cornwall. 

The fact that Mr Biden’s first overseas visit since winning the keys to the White House will be to the UK will be viewed in Whitehall as a diplomatic victory for Mr Johnson. 

The UK has taken on the presidency of the G7, with Mr Johnson due to welcome his counterparts from the US, Japan, Italy, Germany, France and Canada to Carbis Bay in Cornwall. 

After attending the G7 gathering, when world leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues from climate change to tackling the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Biden will head to Brussels to join a Nato summit.

He is also scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on June 16 for talks on repairing relations between Washington and Moscow.

The Cornish hotel hosting the G7 summit still ‘looks like a building site’ with just days to go before it welcomes world leaders, MailOnline revealed last week.

US President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC yesterday. He will attend the G7 summit on June 11 before meeting the Queen

US President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC yesterday. He will attend the G7 summit on June 11 before meeting the Queen

US President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC yesterday. He will attend the G7 summit on June 11 before meeting the Queen

The Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall still 'looks like a building site' with just weeks before it hosts the G7 summit

The Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall still 'looks like a building site' with just weeks before it hosts the G7 summit

The Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall still ‘looks like a building site’ with just weeks before it hosts the G7 summit

The hotel - where US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will be staying ¿ is littered with construction materials

The hotel - where US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will be staying ¿ is littered with construction materials

The hotel – where US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will be staying – is littered with construction materials

Overflowing skips, bags of cement, stacks of timber and giant containers of rumble are still visible around the Cornwall hotel

Overflowing skips, bags of cement, stacks of timber and giant containers of rumble are still visible around the Cornwall hotel

Overflowing skips, bags of cement, stacks of timber and giant containers of rumble are still visible around the Cornwall hotel

With under two weeks until the prestigious event is due to start, overflowing skips, bags of cement, stacks of timber and giant containers of rumble were still clearly visible strewn around the Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall.

World leaders will converge on the sleepy Cornish village on June 11 for the two-day summit. But on the approach to the hotel – where US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will be staying – a beachfront car park was littered with construction materials.

Teams of builders are in a race against time to clear up as well as to complete three meeting rooms that sit above the £4,000 night lodges being used as accommodation for the summit.

One local told MailOnline: ‘It’s a real mess and they’re clearly in a race against time. Currently it looks more like a building site than a top international venue. 

‘The workers are rushing round like it’s like watching the last five minutes of an episode of Home Front.’

A builder working on the meeting rooms at the resort near St Ives told MailOnline he and his colleagues will be forced to work round the clock to make sure they are completed in time for the G7 summit opening.



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