Saturday, October 23, 2021

Bidens drink tea with Queen Elizabeth after G-7 summit

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill drank tea with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Sunday at the end of a G-7 summit and as he closed the British disc from his first international trip since he took office.

The 95-year-old British monarch, in a bright pink floral outfit, greeted the Bidens in the quadrangle of the castle, where the royal family has lived for almost 1,000 years and where she has spent much of her time since the outbreak of the coronavirus. pandemic.

With the arrival of the American president and first lady a taste of British splendor, a guard of honor formed by The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards gave a royal salute and the American national anthem was played.

The president and queen looked relaxed and chatted before entering the castle for a private meeting.

The Queen had already met the Bidens during their visit to Britain. She hosted a reception on Friday night for leaders of the group of seven rich countries and their spouses in the south-west English county of Cornwall, where the three-day summit was held.

“Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen,” Jill Biden said after arriving in Britain on Thursday. “It’s an exciting part of the visit for us.”

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Joe Biden and his wife become the fourth president and first lady to receive the Queen in Windsor, following the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George W. Bush and his wife in 2008 and the Reagans in 1982.

During her 69 years on the British throne, the longest reign of any English monarch, there were 14 American presidents, of whom Elizabeth met the entire bar, Lyndon Johnson.

Despite the loss in April of Prince Philip, her 99-year-old husband of more than 70 years, and her age, the Queen showed her determination to continue her official duties as head of state during the high G7 rally. .

After presenting the leaders Friday where she snapped a joke during the official photo call, she immediately provoked more laughter for another official involvement for a local project when she cut a cake with a long ceremonial sword.

On Saturday, she was back in Windsor for a military parade to celebrate her official birthday, the first she noticed without Philip.

After leaving Windsor, Biden will leave on Monday for a NATO summit in Brussels, a US-EU summit on Tuesday and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin the following day in Geneva.

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