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Queen to meet President Biden and First Lady at Windsor Castle


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The Queen will meet US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The visit will take place on Sunday 13 June during Mr Biden’s trip to the UK for the G7 summit.

It will be his first overseas trip since his election victory last year.

The Head of State met Mr Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump when he made a state visit to the UK in June 2019, in the last days of Theresa May’s premiership.

Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: “The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 13th June 2021.”

There is speculation the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will also meet the American couple at some point during their visit to the UK.

There have been 14 US presidents during the Queen’s 69-year reign – from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden.

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Mr Biden will become the 13th American leader to meet the monarch – the only one the Queen did not meet was Lyndon B Johnson.

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill, walk out for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Pic: AP
Image: Joe Biden and his wife Jill will meet the Queen when they are in the UK for the G7 summit

The president and First Lady Jill Biden sent their condolences to the Queen following the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April.

Mr Biden and his wife said they were keeping the Royal Family “in our hearts during this time”.

The G7 group of nations are meeting in the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay from 11 to 13 June for what will be the 47th summit.

FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2018 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspects the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. U.S. President Donald Trump will pay a state visit to Britain in June as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The palace said Trump and his wife, Melania, had accepted an invitation from the queen for a visit that will take place June 3-5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)
Image: Donald Trump and the Queen during his first visit to the UK

The member country holding the G7 presidency, currently the UK, is responsible for organising and hosting the year’s annual gathering.

After attending the event, when world leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues from climate change to tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Biden will head to Brussels to join a NATO summit.

He is also scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on 16 June for talks on repairing relations between Washington and Moscow.

 Sky News

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