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The Queen to host Joe Biden during his first Presidential trip abroad

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As lockdown restrictions continue to ease in the UK, the Queen has been returning to in-person duties – much to the delight of royal fans. One of her upcoming engagements is a particularly historic one, amid reports that the monarch is set to host US President Joe Biden for a visit to the UK next month.

According to CNN, the White House has been finalising plans for Biden to meet with the Queen during what will constitute his first overseas trip since becoming President. A US official reportedly told the news outlet on Wednesday that he will meet with the monarch alongside First Lady Jill Biden, during his visit to the UK for the G7 summit, which is running from 11 to 13 June.

Taking in quite the European tour, Biden is then expected to go on to Brussels for a NATO meeting on 14 June, before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on 16 June. CNN adds that an official announcement about his meeting with the Queen is expected in the coming days.

Biden will be the 13th US President to meet the 95-year-old monarch. She has met with every American head of state since acceding to the throne in 1952 (her official coronation came a year later, in 1953), with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson, in office from 1963 to 1969, who did not visit the UK during his tenure.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

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The Queen first met a US President, however, before she was head of state. The then Princess Elizabeth met Harry Truman in 1951, during an official visit to Washington with her late husband, Prince Philip. The most recent President she encountered was Donald Trump, hosting him and former First Lady Melania Trump twice – once for tea at Windsor Castle in 2018, and the following year for a state visit to Buckingham Palace.

The Bidens, meanwhile, already have some connections to the Royal Family. The Duke of Sussex and Jill Biden have known each other for nine years, having first met in 2012, at a reception for US and British wounded warriors at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington. They’re said to have bonded over their shared military ties (Jill’s late stepson, Joe’s son Beau, was a Major in the US Army, before his death of brain cancer in 2015). Jill subsequently became a regular attendee at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, and was joined by her husband at its 2016 event in Orlando. The then-Vice President joked at the time that Jill ‘spent too much damn time with Prince Harry’.

The President and his wife recently sent a message in the wake of Prince Philip’s death in April, aged 99, stating: ‘On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom… Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.’

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Following months spent in quiet isolation at Windsor Castle amid the pandemic, followed by the sad death of her husband, it’s no doubt a relief for the monarch to be out and about once again. The Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament earlier this month (albeit a downsized one), and visited the company of HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth ahead of the ship’s maiden operational deployment over the weekend. Looking regal in an elegant deep red ensemble and matching hat, the monarch also touchingly chose to wear her diamond and ruby Scarab brooch – a gift from her late husband.

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