(AP) — On a sunny Sunday afternoon, President Joe Biden
and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II
The president and first lady
, Jill Biden
, were hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle
, her royal residence near London
. Biden flew to London after wrapping up a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England, and was ferried to the queen in a black
The 95-year-old monarch greeted the Bidens in the castle's quadrangle, where she waited beneath a covered dais shielded from the sun. Assembled soldiers from the Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards saluted, and the Bidens placed their hands over their hearts as the United States
national anthem played.
The president was then led down a row of troops standing at attention on the grass
, his face solemn after removing his trademark sunglasses, but when the 78-year-old Biden reached the end of the row, he smiled for the soldier in front of him who held up a sword. The queen and Jill Biden remained on the dais.
The Bidens then went inside to meet the queen for tea.
Biden is the 13th American president to meet the monarch; President Lyndon B. Johnson is the only one who did not meet her while in office during the queen's nearly 70-year reign.
She has welcomed four other American presidents to Windsor Castle, where she has been isolated during the coronavirus pandemic
: Donald Trump
in 2018, Barack Obama
in 2016, George W. Bush in 2008, and Ronald Reagan
The first time Biden met the queen was in November 1982, when he traveled to the United Kingdom
as a U.S. senator for a meeting of the British-American Parliamentary Group, according to the White House
, and he was part of a group that met with the monarch during that visit.
The queen has been riding out the pandemic at Windsor Castle, but she has also begun to venture out on occasion since her husband, Prince Philip
, died in April
at the age of 99.
She attended a reception in Cornwall for the Group of Seven
leaders on Friday, along with other members of the royal family
, including Prince Charles
and Prince William
and their spouses.
, Superville reported.