Queen Elizabeth Reminded Me Of My Mother, Says Joe Biden

Clay Curtis
June 14, 2021

" "We could fit the White House in the courtyard" " of Windsor Castle, Biden recounted telling her. Biden said he extended an invitation for the queen to visit the White House.

The state of play: The meeting comes on the heels of this past week's G7 summit in Cornwall, England, and right before the president travels to Brussels to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Union leaders. She had met Biden and his wife, Jill, at the summit of G7 leaders on Friday, hosting a reception at the Eden project eco-visitor attraction.

The Bidens arrived at Heathrow in Air Force One this afternoon before stepping out of a Range Rover at the castle at around 5pm.

The Duke of Kent, the Queen's cousin, joined her on a dais in the castle's quadrangle in his role as Colonel of the Scots Guards today.

A Guard of Honour formed of the Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards gave a Royal Salute, and the United States national anthem was played. President Biden accompanied the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honor, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Guard of Honor. President Biden has cited his mother Catherine, who died in 2010 at the age of 92, as the "profound influence" on his life, helping him to overcome a stutter in his youth and organising the coffee morning fundraisers when he first ran for the Senate in 1972 at the age of 29. "Were you not in that room?" she said.

The whole visit lasted just over an hour and is believed to have overrun by 10 minutes.

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

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"She wanted to know what the two leaders that I - the one I'm about to meet with, Mr Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping", he said. "Anyway, she was very gracious". "I don't think she'd be insulted", he later told reporters of his visit, "[but] she reminded me of my mother". In terms of the look of her and just the generosity. Biden's first time meeting the queen came in November 1982, when as a USA senator he travelled to the United Kingdom for a meeting of the British-American Parliamentary Group, the White House said Sunday.

And on Saturday, she reviewed a scaled-down Trooping of the Colour, also at Windsor, as part of her official birthday celebrations.

According to CNN, Sunday's meeting was the first time the queen has met privately with a world leader since the coronavirus pandemic stopped private audiences and state dinners.

During her 69 years on the British throne, the longest reign of any English monarch, there have been 14 US presidents, of which Elizabeth has met all bar Lyndon Johnson.

The ceremonial visit, similar in protocol to President Trump's 2019 visit to Windsor, capped four days of meetings around the Group of 7 summit in the county of Cornwall on England's southwestern coast.

Mr Trump and the Queen had afternoon tea together in the castle's Oak Room, with the meeting lasting longer than expected.

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