Jill Biden said on Thursday she carried the royal family in her heart on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
Her warm message preceded her and President Joe Biden’s meeting with the Queen on Sunday.
“We carry the entire Royal Family in our hearts today and wish them peace and comfort on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday,” the first lady wrote on Twitter.
The Bidens had sent both public and private condolences to the Queen following Prince Philip’s death in April.
The first lady told reporters in Cornwall that the Bidens were looking forward to meeting the 95-year-old monarch.
“Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen. That is an exciting part of the visit for us. We’ve been looking forward to it for weeks and now it’s finally here. It’s a good start,” she said.
Her comments came after she and President Biden met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson.
The first lady wore a jacket with the word ‘love’ on the back.
“I think we’re bringing love from America,” she said.
Jill Biden said she held the royal family close to her heart on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, and sent a warm message of support for her and President Joe Biden’s meeting with the Queen on Sunday.
Jill Biden wore a jacket with the message ‘love’ on it on Thursday
Jill and Joe Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit
The Queen, pictured in the gardens of Windsor Castle on June 2, where she will receive the Bidens
The Queen welcomes President Biden, the 13th serving US president she has formally received, and his wife on the podium in the quadrangle on Sunday when she receives them after the G7 summit.
A guard of honor will be formed from the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, who will pay a royal salute, and the American national anthem will be played.
President Biden will then accompany the Guard of Honor Major James Taylor and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Guard of Honor.
The President then returns to the podium to watch the military march pass by with the Queen and his wife. The Bidens will then join the Queen for tea in the castle.
The Queen has recently hosted four other presidents and their wives at Windsor Castle – Donald and Melania Trump in 2018; Barack and Michelle Obama in 2016; George W and Laura Bush in 2008; and Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1982.
The monarch has so far met 12 of the 14 serving US presidents during her reign, with President Lyndon B Johnson being the only exception. Mr Biden will be 13th.
Which presidents has the Queen met before in Windsor?
- 2018: Donald and Melania Trump
- 2016: Barack and Michelle Obama
- 2008: George W and Laura Bush
- 1982: Ronald and Nancy Reagan
The Grenadier Guards, who will form the guard of honor at the castle this weekend, are one of the longest serving units in the British Army.
In addition to operational duties, the Grenadier Guards also have a ceremonial role in guarding the royal residences, including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
The carefully choreographed arrangements reflect the welcome Trump was given in July 2018, when the then-president traveled to Windsor to meet the monarch.
Trump and the Queen had afternoon tea together in the castle’s Oak Room, with the meeting taking longer than expected.
It was supposed to take about half an hour but was almost 20 minutes overrun.
In 2008, when then-President Bush was having tea with the monarch in Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English midday meal of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room.
The Queen will greet the Bidens on the podium in the quadrangle of the castle.
Prince Philip, who died in April, would have turned 100 on Thursday; above he is pictured in July 2020 during the transfer of the Commander in Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle prior to his retirement
The Queen with Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Windsor Castle in July 2018, as they walk from the Quadrangle after inspecting the Guard of Honor during the President’s visit
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh stand with then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle prior to a private lunch on April 22, 2016
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as the Duke of Edinburgh points to the ceiling, with then-President George W Bush and his wife Laura at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle on June 15, 2008
On June 7, 1982, the Queen and Prince Philip receive then-President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan at Windsor Castle for a state banquet.
In 2018, the Queen accompanied Trump to inspect the Guard of Honor in Windsor.
Escorting a visiting head of state to inspect the troops is a role that usually fell to the late Duke of Edinburgh, before retiring in 2017.