Biden has a personal go to to Queen Elizabeth II who jogged my memory of my mom: NPR

Queen Elizabeth II and President Biden walk to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on Sunday. This is Biden’s first private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II since taking office. Samir Hussein / Samir Hussein / WireImage Hide caption

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Queen Elizabeth II and President Biden walk to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on Sunday. This is Biden’s first private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II since taking office.

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President Biden is the 13th US President to meet Queen Elizabeth II and made a private visit to Windsor Castle on Sunday.

After the President and First Lady Jill Biden were greeted under a covered pedestal in the square of the palace, they stood with the Queen while the US national anthem was played. Biden then inspected the honor guard, returned to the dais, and watched a military march before heading to tea with the Queen at the State Apartments at Windsor Castle.

The audience with the Queen is completely private, no recordings or written transcripts are made. But presidents usually reveal snippets of what has been discussed.

“She was very gracious,” Biden told reporters after they met on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport in London. “She reminded me of my mother.”

Biden said the queen asked him about world leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. She also asked what life was like in the White House. “‘We could fit the White House in the courtyard'” of Windsor Castle, Biden told her. Biden said he invited the Queen to visit the White House.

💂President Biden inspects the Honor Guard, accompanied by their commanding officer, Major James Taylor.

The honor guard is formed from the highest-ranking regiment of @BritishArmy footguards, the Grenadier Guards. pic.twitter.com/ObcxG1r3Md

– The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 13, 2021

According to CNN, Sunday’s meeting marked the first time the Queen has met privately with a world leader since the coronavirus pandemic suspended private audiences and state dinners.

The meeting on Sunday at Windsor Castle took place at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Cornwall, England, at which heads of state and government agreed to work together to combat the coronavirus, climate change and the increasing influence of China. The Queen greeted arriving foreign dignitaries at an opening reception on Friday.

“Should you look like you are having fun?” asked the Queen as the sullen world leaders posed for photos. This reception marked the first time Biden had met the Queen as President.

Audiences with the queen are carefully choreographed events with many opportunities for slip-ups. Biden’s visit seemed to go smoothly, unlike that of his immediate predecessor, who kept the Queen waiting and preceded her – both royal no-nos.

The 95-year-old monarch first met with US presidents when she was just a 25-year-old princess. On a trip to Washington in 1951, then-Princess Elizabeth met President Harry Truman and shared a limousine with him as they drove to Blair House.

During her first meeting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the States in 1957, Queen Elizabeth saw her first American college football game – and on the same trip met former President Herbert Hoover.

Eisenhower tried the Queen’s drop scones in 1959 on a trip to Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Eisenhower must have liked the drop scones – like a pancake, only smaller and thicker – because a newspaper photo of him in front of a grill reminded the Queen that she had never sent him the recipe.

“I am hurrying now, and I hope you will find her successful,” wrote the Queen in her handwritten letter, which she sent a few months after his visit, along with a typed recipe.

Queen Elizabeth II even went horseback riding with President Ronald Reagan when he became the first US President to stay at Windsor Castle in 1982. “I must admit the Queen is quite an accomplished horsewoman,” wrote Reagan in his memoir.

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