Queen welcomes Joe Biden with pomp to Windsor

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The Queen will host US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for tea at Windsor Castle this Sunday after the G7 summit, royal officials confirmed today.

The 95-year-old monarch will welcome Mr. Biden, the 13th serving US president to whom she has formally received, and his wife on the podium in the quadrangle.

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.

Mr 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.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive with Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk yesterday ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive with Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk yesterday ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall

The Queen, pictured in the gardens of Windsor Castle on June 2, where she will receive the Bidens

The Queen, pictured in the gardens of Windsor Castle on June 2, where she will receive the Bidens

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 Mr. Trump was given in July 2018, when the then-president traveled to Windsor to meet the monarch.

Mr 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 Mr. and Dr. Biden on the podium in the quadrangle of the castle.

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 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

In 2018, the Queen accompanied Mr. 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.

Today, Mr Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to pledge to restore transatlantic travel in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

The president will meet the prime minister in Cornwall this afternoon before the start of the G7 summit for their first-ever face-to-face talks.

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

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

The two leaders are expected to agree on an updated version of the Atlantic Charter.

This was a 1941 deal between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is credited with laying the groundwork for the post-war world order.

Biden landed in Britain yesterday for his first overseas trip since his inauguration.

At the summit, which begins tomorrow, the leaders of the world’s richest democracies will discuss the response to Covid.

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 at Windsor Castle on June 15, 2008

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

They will also try to form a united front to tackle the challenges of China and Russia.

In addition to these issues, Downing Street said last night the Prime Minister hoped to complete a new “travel task force” aimed at restoring travel between the UK and the US “as soon as possible”.

The president, who once described Mr Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump, said this week he would reiterate his commitment to his country’s “special relationship” with Britain.

No 10 has confirmed that the Prime Minister prefers not to use the phrase, after reports he believes it makes the UK appear ‘needy and weak’.

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.

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.

Biden avoided using the phrase last night, describing the UK-US bond as the “strongest military and political alliance in the history of the world.”

He added: “Now we need to modernize our alliance… to protect ourselves against every threat we have faced over the past decade, as well as the new challenges we face.”

Today’s meeting is expected to last at least two hours. The extended talks should focus on the prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal, which has slipped off the White House priority list since Mr Trump’s departure.

The leaders also plan to discuss a technology agreement aimed at lowering the barriers UK companies face when trying to partner with their US counterparts.

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