President Proud of Working-Class Roots Has Tea With Queen

Lawrence Kim
June 14, 2021

Tomorrow, she will host President Biden and the First Lady in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, where they will be greeted by a guard of honour before joining her for tea.

With a combined age of 173 years, they had experience (and wisdom) in droves.

After the ceremony, he walked alongside the Queen, who was heard to say: "You completed your talks". He said he did not think she'd be insulted if he said she "reminded me of my mother in terms of the look of her and the generosity".

That was quite the compliment.

Biden is the 13th serving president the monarch has met. If she was exhausted after meeting G-7 leaders, including President Joe Biden, on Friday evening, it didn't show.

In glorious late afternoon sunshine and temperatures tipping 80 degrees, the latest instalment of the trans-Atlantic showstopper that is the meeting of Queen and president made for fabulous viewing.

After taking private afternoon tea with the queen on Sunday, Biden is traveling to nearby Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, before heading to Switzerland on Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Biden was suitably impressed.

Mr Biden said afterwards that the Queen had reminded him of his mother, and he had invited the Queen to visit the White House.

He added: "She was very gracious".

"She was very generous", Biden said.

He said she wanted to know about Vladimir Putin, whom Biden will meet next week, and Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.

On Friday, the queen surprised the G-7 leaders by traveling to the coastal southwestern county of Cornwall to take part in a welcome event alongside Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, the duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen appeared in the castle's Quadrangle at 11 a.m. alongside her cousin the Duke of Kent who is Colonel of the Scots Guards, the regiment whose colors were trooped this year. The Queen was wearing a Stewart Parvin dress in a floral print jacquard in shades of pink, olive and russet, and she teamed it with a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and the diamond Jardine star brooch.

They greeted the Queen on a dais in Windsor's quadrangle before a Guard of Honour gave a royal salute as the United States national anthem was played.

The trio enjoyed a Guard of Honour formed of The Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, and the U.S. national anthem was played beneath blue skies and hot sunshine. He took off his dark glasses to cast his beady eye.

It is believed the visit overran by 10 minutes.

The first lady spent time with the Queen's granddaughter-in-law, attending a school with her in Cornwall on Friday, where the pair met some of the pupils in reception class, before sitting on a round table about education and Early Years development. She has since met almost every American president (Lyndon Johnson was the exception) who served during her 69 years on the throne.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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