US President Joe Biden has arrived with his wife Jill to meet the Queen
Elizabeth II for tea at Windsor Castle.
The couple was spotted stepping off Air Force One at Heathrow Airport on
Sunday after flying from the G7 summit in Cornwall.
They landed in the grounds of the monarch’s Berkshire residence on Marine
One at just before 5pm, a few minutes ahead of schedule.
The pair greeted their host before the president inspected a Guard of Honour
after it played the American national anthem.
The trio watched a military march-past and was seen entering the castle via
the Sovereign’s Entrance around 20 minutes after the Bidens landed.
Mr Biden said afterward they had spoken about Russian president Vladimir
Putin and China’s leader Xi Jinping.
He added: ‘We had a long talk. She was very generous. I don’t think she’d be
insulted but she reminded me of my mother.
‘In terms of the look of her and just the generosity. She was very gracious.’
Revealing he had invited her to the White House, he said: ‘She said,
“What’s it like in the White House?” I said, “Well it’s magnificent but it’s a lot
Donald Trump met the Queen for tea at Windsor Castle along with wife
Melania back in 2018.
Mr Biden is the 13th sitting president to have a private audience with the
Queen during her 69-year reign.
The Democrat first met Her Majesty back in 1982 when he was a young
His mother told him before ‘don’t you bow down to her’, according to a Biden
It comes after the Queen hosted G7 politicians for an evening banquet on
She had world leaders chuckling when she quipped ‘are you supposed be
looking as if you’re enjoying it’ as they posed together for a picture.
Mr Biden’s private audience comes as Boris Johnson confirms G7 leaders have
pledged to donate more than a billion Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries.
Charities have claimed the G7 has chosen to ‘cook the books’ on the pledge.
Meanwhile, former PM Gordon Brown says not providing more jabs is an
‘unforgivable moral failure’.
Tensions have also simmered as foreign secretary Dominic Raab claims
French President Emmanuel Macron has been ‘offensive’ by suggesting
Northern Ireland was not part of the country.
Speculation had been mounting that Mr Biden’s strong commitment to his
Irish roots could cause difficulties in US-UK relations.