confirmed Thursday that President Joe Biden
and Queen Elizabeth
will meet in person this month.
Last week, CNN
was the first to report that the White House and Buckingham Palace were finalizing meeting arrangements.
Following the visit on Sunday, June 13, Biden will attend a NATO meeting in Brussels on June 14 and then meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
in Switzerland on June 16.
Biden will be the 13th president to meet Queen Elizabeth in her lifetime, with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson (though, as fans
of "The Crown" may recall
, Johnson did meet Princess Margaret at the White House).
The queen and the president have communicated in recent months, with the queen privately sending a note of congratulations to Biden on Inauguration Day in January, and Biden expressing his condolences to the queen following the death
of Prince Philip in April
After Meghan Markle
and Prince Harry
aired in March, White House press secretary Jen Psaki
also issued a message of solidarity.
“It takes courage for anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health
and tell their own personal story,” Psaki said at the time. “And that is certainly something the president believes, and he has talked about the importance of investing in these areas.”
The president and first lady are already close to the Duke of Sussex, having spent time together during Harry's 2015 visit to the United States
, as well as at the Invictus Games in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
co-chaired Global Citizen's "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World."