Biden will be the thirteenth president to sit with the now 95-year-old monarch. The White House said he met the queen in 1982, when he was a United States senator.
Before the two are reunited, the leaders will attend a reception on Friday with the Queen, her son, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, and Charles’s son, Prince William and his wife. , Kate.
The queen has met with every American president since Dwight Eisenhower during her nearly 70-year reign, except Lyndon Johnson, who did not visit Britain while he was in office.
She was a 25-year-old princess when she came to Washington in 1951 and stayed with President Harry S. Truman and his family at Blair House, where Truman lived while the White House underwent a major renovation. She met Herbert Hoover in 1957, more than 20 years after he left office.
Her personal ties to American leaders underscore the importance of the United States to the United Kingdom and the Queen.
She came of age during World War II and understands the central role the transatlantic alliance has played in modern British history, said Robert Hardman, author of “Queen of the World,” which examines her role as Britain’s representative. on the world stage.
“She grew up with that kind of sense that America is almost a kind of salvation that came and rescued Europe in the darkest days of the war,” Hardman told The Associated Press.
Here are the highlights of some of her meetings, on both sides of the pond, with former US presidents:
Trump and the Queen met in July 2018 at Windsor Castle during a visit to Britain that sparked large anti-Trump protests in central London, including the raising of a balloon showing Trump in a diaper.
He was criticized for breaking protocol by briefly walking in front of the queen, rather than next to her, and turning his back on her while checking an honor guard.
Trump later said that he thought of his late mother, Mary Anne, who was born in Scotland and loved the royal family, when he and his wife, Melania, drank tea with the queen.
Trump’s subsequent comment that the queen told him that Brexit – Britain’s break with the European Union – was complex also generated a stir. Most heads of state keep their private conversations with the queen private. She also does not talk about political issues.
The Trumps and royalty met again during the D-Day commemoration in 2019.
Obama and the queen had their first of three meetings in April 2009 at a reception for world leaders attending the Group of 20 nations summit in London.
It was there that first lady Michelle Obama broke protocol by briefly putting an arm around the queen’s back while commiserating on her sore feet. It’s usually a no-no to touch the queen, but she returned Mrs. Obama’s gesture.
The queen invited the Obamas on a state visit in 2011 that included a two-night stay at Buckingham Palace and a lavish banquet in honor of the president.
When Obama toasted the queen, she didn’t miss a beat when the band assumed that a pause in her comments meant that she had wrapped up and released a performance of “God Save the Queen.” Obama kept talking about the music until the band died down.
The couples saw each other again in 2016 when Obama visited the queen at Windsor Castle the day after her 90th birthday during another trip to Europe.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Bush detested formal, stuffy affairs, but donned a white tie-and-tail tuxedo after the queen made her best for a state dinner in her honor at Buckingham Palace in November 2003.
A few years later, Bush’s slip of the tongue generated waves of laughter at a welcoming ceremony at the White House for the Queen, who was on tour of the United States in May 2007.
Stumbling across a line in his speech, Bush said the queen had dined with several of her predecessors and helped the United States “celebrate her bicentennial on the 17th …” Bush held back and corrected the date to 1976, stopping to see if he had been offended.
“He gave me a look that only a mother could give a child,” Bush said with a smile.
Later, the queen turned Bush around with her toast at a dinner she gave the president at the British embassy in Washington.
“I was wondering if I should start this toast by saying, ‘When I was here in 1776,'” she said with a laugh.
The queen welcomed Clinton and his wife, Hillary, aboard her royal yacht, Britannia, in June 1994.
The ship, 412 feet (125 meters) long and 55 feet (17 meters) wide, was docked at Portsmouth Naval Base and was the base of operations for the Clintons while they attended the Queen’s dinner at Guildhall for the leaders of the Allied nations whose troops participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy 50 years earlier.
The Clintons spent a night aboard the ship. The following day, the Britannia transported Clinton to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington as she prepared to sail across the English Channel from Portsmouth to Normandy for the D-Day anniversary celebrations.
GEORGE H.W. BUSH
One of the most memorable images from the monarch’s third state visit to the United States came in 1991, when only her purple hat with white stripes could be seen above the microphones when she spoke at an arrival ceremony on the grounds of the House White.
Someone forgot to adjust the lectern after Bush, much taller, spoke.
The queen stood her ground and moved on, and then took the incident lightly when she opened a speech at a joint meeting of Congress.
“I hope you can see me today from where you are,” she said expressionlessly. Bush later apologized and said he felt bad for not taking a step for her to stop.
Reagan and the queen were united by their mutual love of horsemanship.
They rode side by side on an 8-mile (13-kilometer) one-hour ride through the grounds of Windsor Castle when Reagan visited her there in June 1982. Reagan was the first president to sleep in the family’s historic home British Royal Estate, an 11th century Finca overlooking the River Thames.
While in the US in 1983, the monarch and Philip stayed with the president and first lady Nancy Reagan at her ranch in Santa Barbara, California. She wanted to ride a horse again, but a storm would not allow it. The Reagans served a lunch
regional staples, including enchiladas, stuffed chiles, refried beans, tacos, rice, and guacamole.
They also hosted a state dinner for the queen in San Francisco at the M.H. Young’s Memorial Museum.
The Queen welcomed Carter in May 1977 on his first trip abroad at a dinner for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace. At one point, while Carter was with the queen and other guests, he noticed the arrival of the queen mother.
Always the southern gentleman, Carter broke away from her, took her by the hand, and escorted her to the assembled line of guests.
The modest Georgia peanut farmer-turned-president ate chicken mousse on a gold plate and seemed excited for his seat to dine between the queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, and in front of her son, Prince Charles, the prince. Felipe and the queen mother.
Ford hosted a state gala dinner for the British in 1976 to mark the bicentennial of the American Revolution. The queen was resplendent in a diamond-studded tiara that shone before a crowd that included diplomats, star athletes and celebrities like Cary Grant and Julie Harris.
The mood evaporated as Ford led the queen onto the dance floor as the song “The Lady Is a Tramp” echoed throughout the State Dining Room.