13 Jun G7 summit: President Biden and First Lady greeted by Queen as they arrive at Windsor Castle for tea | UK News
US President Joe Biden has been welcomed by the Queen as he arrived at Windsor Castle.
The president and First Lady Dr Jill Biden flew by helicopter from Cornwall, following the G7 summit, to Windsor on Sunday afternoon for tea with the monarch.
Arriving at the castle, the couple were driven into the quadrangle where they were greeted by the Queen, wearing a pink dress embroidered with flowers and a pink hat, before the president inspected a Guard of Honour after it played the American national anthem.
They watched a military march past before walking into the castle through the Sovereign’s Entrance for tea, which the Queen pours herself, and will enjoy sandwiches and some cake – most likely with the Queen’s dogs at their feet.
The meeting echoes that of Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, who also had tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2018.
Their meeting in the castle’s Oak Room overran by 20 minutes.
Mr and Dr Biden met the Queen, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, earlier this week at the Eden Project in Cornwall during the G7 summit.
Mr Biden gave a news conference at Newquay Airport before departing for Berkshire, in which he said the US had restored its presence on the world stage after Donald Trump’s term in office.
Mr Biden used his first overseas trip since taking office 120 days ago to connect with leaders from some of the world’s most powerful countries and to closely unite allies on addressing the coronavirus pandemic and China’s trade and labour practices.
“America’s back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values,” he said.
“I think we’ve made progress in re-establishing American credibility among our closest friends.”
The president is on an eight-day European trip where he will visit Brussels to attend a NATO summit and will then meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.