President Joe Biden met Queen Elizabeth II in England on Friday – the first time he has met the British sovereign as Commander-in-Chief.
The President, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, was pictured chatting with the Queen during an event for heads of state attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Photos showed the Queen – wearing pearls, white gloves and a floral dress – smiling warmly as she spoke with the first lady outside a giant dome in an eco-park known as Eden Project, where the leaders gathered for an evening reception.
Biden is the 13th US President to meet with the Queen, whose reign began in 1953.
The 95-year-old monarch has met all of America’s leaders during her tenure on the throne except Lyndon Johnson.
Her first meeting as Queen was with Dwight Eisenhower in 1957, the same year she met Herbert Hoover more than two decades after leaving the White House. In 1951, while still a princess, she also met Harry Truman.
Biden had already met the Queen in 1982 when he was a United States Senator.
Friday’s meeting comes just two months after the Queen lost her husband, Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99.
Prince Charles was also present at the G7 event of the British Royal Family; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
In the photos, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be seen chatting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Prince Charles.
Friday was the first full day of summit talks, with Johnson telling those in attendance it was an opportunity to “level off across our societies” and “build back better” after the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said leaders must tackle issues of economic inequality as well as climate change.
“I actually think we have a huge opportunity for this because, as the G7, we are united in our vision of a cleaner and greener world, a solution to the problems of climate change,” he said. he adds.
Ahead of the evening’s reception, the Queen joined Biden and other world leaders for a group photo, where she made them laugh by asking, “Are you supposed to sound like you’re having fun?”
“Yes,” Johnson replied. “We had fun despite appearances.
The Bidens are due to visit Windsor Castle for a special private audience with the Queen on Sunday.