Bidens meets Queen Elizabeth for tea at Windsor Castle after G-7 summit
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II for tea at Windsor Castle after they left the world leaders on Sunday, making Mr. Biden the meet the 95-year-old British monarch.
After the meeting, Biden said the Queen was “very kind” and asked her questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“She’s extremely personable – not surprisingly – but we had a great conversation,” Biden told reporters. “We had a long conversation and she was very generous. I don’t think she would be insulted, but she reminded me of my mother, in terms of looks and generosity.”
After tea, the Bidens left for Brussels, where the president will attend the NATO and European Union summits.
Before the meeting, Queen Elizabeth greeted the Bidens at the Windsor Castle Quadrangle. Upon their arrival, a member of the Queen’s Honor Guard gave a royal salute and then played the United States National Anthem. They are then joined by the commander of the guard of honor, and attend a military parade.
The Royal Family were very active at this year’s G-7 summit, which was held in Cornwall, England. The Queen’s eldest son Prince Charles, who also bears the title of Duke of Cornwall, addressed G-7 leaders about his Sustainable Markets Initiative, which encourages private investment in the efforts led by the government to combat climate change.
“The fight against this terrible pandemic provides, if needed, a clear example of the scale and speed at which the global community can cope with crises when we combine political will, corporate ingenuity and public mobilization. “Charles told the leaders. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are doing it for the pandemic. So if you don’t mind me saying this, we have to do it for the planet as well.”
On Friday, the Queen attended a reception with the Bidens along with other G-7 leaders and their spouses. Charles, his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and his grandson Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were also present at the reception.
Friday also,Connor Downs Academy, meeting with 4 and 5 year old students and teachers. The academy is a “trauma-informed school,” which means it works with students who have experienced trauma in their lives.
The first lady said the children were “so well behaved”.
The duo also led a panel discussion on the importance of early childhood education.
Catherine called it “a huge honor” to have the county’s first lady. “I look forward to the conversation,” Catherine said.
Bo Erickson and Sophie Lewis contributed to this report.