President Joe Biden met with Queen Elizabeth II in England on Friday – the first time he has met the British sovereign as commander-in-chief.
President and First Lady Jill Biden was photographed chatting with the Queen at 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 to the first lady outside a giant dome in a complex known as the Eden Project, where leaders had gathered for an evening reception.
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The 95-year-old monarch has met all U.S. presidents during his time on the throne except Lyndon Johnson.
Her first meeting as queen was with Dwight Eisenhower in 1957 – the same year she met Herbert Hoover, who had left the White House two decades earlier. In 1951, while still a princess, she also met Harry Truman.
Biden had previously met the Queen in 1982 when he was a U.S. senator.
Friday’s meeting comes just two months after the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, died on April 9 at the age of 99.
Prince Charles was also present at the G7 event from the British royal family; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
In photos, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be seen chatting with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Prince Charles.
Friday was the first full day of talks at the summit, where Johnson told those present that it was an opportunity to “level up over our society” and “build better” after the coronavirus pandemic.
He also said leaders needed to address issues of economic inequality as well as climate change.
“I actually think we have a huge opportunity for that because, as the G7, we are united in our vision for a cleaner, greener world, a solution to the problems of climate change,” he added.
Before the evening reception, Queen Biden and other world leaders joined a group photo where she made them laugh by asking, “Are you going to look like you’re having fun?”
“Yes,” Johnson replied. “We’ve had a good time despite the look.”
Bidens is to visit Windsor Castle for a special private audience with the Queen on Sunday.