Queen to meet US President Joe Biden next week

By George Bowden
BBC News

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The Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden next week, Buckingham Palace has said.

The meeting at Windsor Castle on Sunday 13 June coincides with the end of Mr Biden's visit to Britain for the G7 summit of leaders from the world's biggest economies.

Mr Biden will be the 12th serving US president the Queen has met as monarch.

She met his predecessor Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham Palace in 2019.

The president will also meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 10 June "to affirm the enduring strength of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom", the White House said.

The Queen, 95, first met a serving US president, Harry S Truman, as Princess Elizabeth in 1951.

She has since met all elected US leaders during her 69 years on the throne, except for Lyndon B Johnson.

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image captionThe Queen met her first serving US president as monarch, Dwight D Eisenhower, at the White House in October 1957
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image captionShe received the charismatic John F Kennedy at Buckingham Palace in June 1961
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image captionThe Queen met Richard Nixon and his wife Patricia alongside then Prime Minister Edward Heath at Chequers, the PM's country residence, in 1970

Mr and Mrs Biden sent their condolences to the Queen following the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April.

The couple said they were keeping the royal family "in our hearts during this time".

The G7 gathering in Cornwall will be Mr Biden's first foreign engagement in person, as the coronavirus pandemic has prevented him from travelling outside of the US since taking up his post in the Oval Office.

Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: "The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday 13 June 2021."

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image captionPresident Ronald Reagan spent time horse riding with the Queen through the grounds of Windsor in June 1982
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image captionThe Queen was welcomed by then-president George W Bush to the White House in 2007
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image captionHer Majesty met Donald Trump twice during his presidency, including at a D-Day memorial in Portsmouth in 2019

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