The path to a meet-and-greet with the Queen has been walked by virtually all of Joe Biden’s predecessors since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The US president is ready to fulfill Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday at Windsor Castle, following the G7 Summit in Cornwall.
This is Biden’s first abroad journey as the US head of state and the second time he shall be encountering the British monarch, whom he beforehand met in 1992, in response to the White House.
During the Queen’s lengthy reign, solely thirty sixth US President Lyndon Johnson didn’t go to the United Kingdom whereas in workplace from 1963 to 1969.
Both the Queen and the US president will attend a reception on Friday, along with Prince Charles and his spouse, Camilla, and Charles’ son Prince William alongside along with his spouse, Kate.
The first time the Queen needed to mingle with an American president was again in 1951, when she was solely 25 and visited the US to fulfill President Harry S. Truman.
His successor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, visited Britain in 1959 and first met the monarch that yr.
The time period “special relationship”, used to explain ties between London and Washington, is claimed to have been coined throughout the presidency of Ronald Reagan. The Reagans had been the first presidential couple to be invited to remain in a single day at Windsor Castle.
In 1982, the Queen and the US president went horseback driving on the grounds of the fort, and the following yr the monarch paid a go to to the Reagans’ ranch close to Santa Barbara.
George W. Bush
George W. Bush, who met the Queen on a number of events over the course of his 2001-2009 presidency, made headlines when he made a mistake throughout his speech at a welcoming ceremony at the White House.
Bush initially mentioned the Queen had helped rejoice the US bicentennial in 1776, relatively than 1976. He then realised his mistake and mentioned: “She gave me a look that only a mother could give a child”.
The monarch later joked about Bush’s verbal slip-up, when throughout a speech she mentioned: “I wondered whether I should start this toast by saying, ‘When I was here in 1776…'” The viewers, which included Bush, responded with laughter.
Former President Barack Obama additionally travelled to Windsor Castle in 2016, the place he hung out along with the monarch, and beforehand met her again in 2009.
The 2009 encounter was at a reception for the G20 Summit in London, the place Michelle Obama famously broke protocol by touching the Queen’s again. Despite the strict guidelines in opposition to it, the Queen didn’t seem to thoughts and returned the gesture.
AP Photo / Alastair Grant PoolPresident Barack Obama and his spouse first girl Michelle Obama are greeted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip after touchdown by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a personal lunch in Windsor, England, Friday, April, 22, 2016
Another breach of protocol was dedicated throughout a go to of the former US head of state Donald Trump in 2018, when he was seen briefly strolling in entrance of the queen — as an alternative of alongside her.
AP Photo / Tolga Akmen/PoolBritain’s Queen Elizabeth speaks to U.S President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump as they view U.S memorabilia from the Royal Collection, at Buckingham Palace, London, Monday, June 3, 2019
The Queen shall be celebrating 70 years of service subsequent yr, the first British monarch to succeed in this milestone.
Buckingham Palace has introduced year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations all through the United Kingdom in 2022 “to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign”.