The king, dressed in a pink robe and pink hat, greeted the president and first lady in the enormous central courtyard of this nearly 1,000-year-old castle located about 30 kilometers west of London, where it has been withdrawn since the start of the pandemic. In March 2020.
In the blazing sun, the 78-year-old president was greeted by an honor guard from the Royal Brigadier General’s battalion, lining up on the clean grass as the band played US military parades.
At Windsor Castle, the visit included a display of the royal honor guard, translation of the American anthem, and traditional tea. According to the BBC, Biden’s private meeting with the Queen lasted about forty minutes.
Joe Biden, who is making his first trip to Europe since taking office in January, flew to Brussels for meetings with NATO and European Union leaders ahead of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva.
For Queen Elizabeth II, 95, Joe Biden is the 13th president of the United States she met in her 69-year reign.
Isabel II, who received her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in late March, has since held nearly most of her meetings, including hearings with foreign ambassadors.
On Friday, she and her son Charles, heir to the throne, organized a reception in the English region of Cornwall with other members of the royal family for leaders participating in the G7 summit.
It was her first public appearance after the funeral of her husband Prince Philip in April and her most important engagement since the parliamentary session opened in London on May 11.
The meeting between Biden and the king comes the day after the official celebration of his birthday, which is severely limited this year due to the pandemic. During her 69-year reign, the British Queen met all American presidents except for Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969).
Donald Trump made a controversial state visit to the United Kingdom in June 2019 and was received by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described relations with the current president of the United States as “a breath of fresh air”.