President Joe Biden met with Queen Elizabeth II in the UK on Friday-this is his first meeting with the British monarch as commander-in-chief.
The president and first lady Jill Biden were photographed chatting with the Queen at the head of state event at the G7 summit in Cornwall.
The photo shows the queen wearing pearls, white gloves and a floral dress. When talking to the first lady outside the huge dome of a complex called the Eden Project, she smiled enthusiastically and the leaders gathered here for the dinner.
Biden is the 13th American president to meet with the Queen, whose reign began in 1952.
With the exception of Lyndon Johnson, the 95-year-old monarch met with every American president during her reign.
Her first meeting as a queen was in 1957 with Dwight Eisenhower—that same year, she met Herbert Hoover, who left the White House 20 years ago. In 1951, when she was a princess, she also met Harry Truman.
Biden met with the Queen when he was a U.S. Senator in 1982.
Friday’s meeting was held two months later by the Queen’s husband. Prince Philip died on April 9 At the age of 99.
Also attending the G7 event were Prince Charles from the British Royal Family; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
In the photo, you can see British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chatting with European Commission President Ursula Vonderline, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is talking with Prince Charles.
Friday is the first full-day meeting of the summit. Johnson told those present that this is an opportunity to “upgrade our society” and “rebuild better” Coronavirus pandemic.
He also said that leaders need to address economic inequality and climate change.
“I actually think we have a huge opportunity because, as the G7, we are united in our vision of building a cleaner and greener world and addressing climate change,” he added.
Before the evening reception, the Queen posed for a photo with Biden and other world leaders. She asked them, “Should you look happy?”
“Yes,” Johnson replied. “Although on the surface, we have always enjoyed it.”
The Bidens will visit Windsor Castle on Sunday for a special private meeting with the Queen.
June 12, 2021, 22:12 PM
correct: The reign of the queen began in 1952. The previous version of this story misreported this year.