While having tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday, US President Joe Biden claimed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth reminded him of his mother and that she had inquired about China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Biden showered praise on the 95-year-old British monarch during their private encounter, which took place after the Group of Seven leaders’ conference, during which he advocated for joint action against China, and ahead of a meeting with Putin on Wednesday.
“I don’t believe she’d be insulted,” Joe Biden said after tea with the 95-year-old British Queen at Windsor Castle. “But she reminded me of my mother, the appearance of her and simply the kindness.”
“I don’t believe she’d be offended,” Biden, 78, told reporters soon before departing London, “but she reminded me of my mother, the appearance of her and the kindness.” Biden added, “She’s quite nice, which comes as no surprise, but we had a fantastic conversation. She wanted to hear about the two leaders I was about to meet with, Mr. Putin and Xi Jinping, and we had a long conversation about it.”
Biden and his wife Jill were cordially received by the Queen, who was dressed in a bright pink flowery costume, at the Quadrangle of the castle, which has been home to the royal family for 1,000 years, where they were given to a taste of British grandeur.
Before entering the castle for tea, the president viewed a Guard of Honour composed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, who delivered a Royal Salute and performed the United States National Anthem.
“I mentioned that I wished we could remain longer, that maybe we could hold up the vehicles for a minute, and other such things. In any case, she was quite kin,” said Biden. The president confirmed that the Queen had been invited to the White House.
The Bidens had previously met the Queen on their tour to the United Kingdom. On Friday night, in the southern English county of Cornwall, where the three-day summit was placed, she hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven affluent nations and their spouses. Jill Biden had previously stated that they had been looking forward to seeing the Queen and that it was a highlight of their tour.
After the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George W. Bush and his wife in 2008, and the Reagans in 1982, the Bidens became the Queen’s fourth president and first lady to visit Windsor. There have been 14 US presidents in Elizabeth’s 69 years on the British throne, the longest reign of any English royal, and she has met all save Lyndon Johnson.
Despite the loss of her 99-year-old husband of more than 70 years, Prince Philip, in April, and her advanced age, the Queen has shown her resolve to go on with her formal duties as head of state during the high-profile G7 summit.
She elicited additional laughs during a subsequent formal engagement for a local project when she cut a cake with a long ceremonial sword after entertaining the leaders on Friday and cracking a joke at the formal photocall. She was back in Windsor on Saturday for a military procession to commemorate her formal birthday, which was the first she had celebrated without Philip.