The Bidens arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and were transported to the Queen in a black Range Rover. The 95-year-old monarch greeted the Bidens in the castle quadrangle, where she waited under a covered dais that shielded her from the sun on one of the hottest days of the year so far in the UK. Gathered soldiers from the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards gave a royal salute and the Bidens placed their hands over their hearts as the United States national anthem was played.
The president was then led across the grass for an inspection of the honor guard. He had a stern expression on his face after removing his signature aviator sunglasses, but when Biden, 78, reached the end of the row, he smiled at the soldier in front of him who was holding a sword. The Queen and Jill Biden remained on the platform.
Biden returned to the dais and he, the first lady and monarch who held the British throne for nearly 70 years, watched the military parade before entering for tea. As they left the stage, Biden nudged the Queen. She refused and resigned on her own, using the handrail.
The Bidens emerged from the castle just after spending a full hour with the Queen and boarded the helicopter for the return trip to London.
At Heathrow Airport, Biden spoke about the Queen with his traveling press, saying she was “very kind”, asking him questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping and that he had invited her to visit the White House.
“I don’t think she will be insulted, but she reminded me of my mother,” Biden said before boarding Air Force One for its next stop, Brussels.
It is generally frowned upon by anyone to reveal the contents of their private interviews with the Queen.
13th President to meet Queen Elizabeth
Biden is the 13th US President to meet Queen Elizabeth. President Lyndon B. Johnson is the only one not to have met him during his tenure.
She hosted four other US presidents at Windsor Castle, where she isolated herself during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are Donald Trump in 2018, Barack Obama in 2016, George W. Bush in 2008 and Ronald Reagan in 1982.
Biden’s first meeting with the Queen was in November 1982, when as a United States Senator, he traveled to the United Kingdom for a meeting of the Anglo-American parliamentary group, the White House announced on Sunday. Biden was one of a group that met the monarch during this visit.
The Queen overcame the pandemic at Windsor Castle, but also began dating from time to time following the death in April of her husband Prince Philip at the age of 99.
On Friday, she joined other members of the royal family – including Prince Charles and Camilla, and Prince William and Kate – at a reception in Cornwall for the G7 leaders.