Joe Biden will be the first head of state to meet with the sovereign in person since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Buckingham Palace announced in a statement on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II will receive US President Joe Biden on June 13, the last day of the G7 summit in southwest England.
The monarch, 95, will meet with leader and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle in west London, where she has retreated since the health crisis in Britain, in March 2020. The Queen, who received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, has since kept most of her commitments virtually, including hearings with foreign ambassadors.
The Queen Has Met (Almost) All US Presidents
It will be her biggest official engagement since presiding over the official opening of parliament on May 11, her first public appearance since the funeral of her husband Prince Philip in April. With the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson, the Queen has met with all US presidents during her 69-year reign. This is how he received Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, during a controversial state visit in June 2019.
The meeting comes on the sidelines of the US President’s visit to England, who is attending the G7 summit in Cornwall with leaders from Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom from June 11 to June 13. The summit will also constitute for the US leader, who took office in January, his first personal engagement abroad, so far limited in his travels by the pandemic. He will then travel to Brussels for the NATO leaders’ summit on June 14, followed by an EU/US summit, on June 16 to meet with Vladimir Poutin in Geneva.
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