W.When the Queen meets Joe Biden at a reception on Friday, she will have met with the thirteenth American president of her long reign, having come face to face with every American commander-in-chief since Dwight Eisenhower except Lyndon Johnson.
Biden met the Queen in 1982 when he was a Democratic senator from Delaware, but this will be their first meeting since Biden beat Donald Trump to win the White House.
Biden, 78, is set to have tea with the Queen, 95, on Sunday at Windsor Castle after the G7 summit in Cornwall, but they will both attend a reception on Friday, along with son and heir to the Queen, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, and Charles’s son, Prince William and his wife, Kate.
She was a 25-year-old princess when she arrived in Washington in 1951 and stayed with then-United States President Harry Truman and his family at Blair House in Washington DC, where Truman lived while the White House underwent a major renovation. . He met Herbert Hoover in 1957, more than 20 years after he left office.
His personal ties to American leaders give seriousness and continuity to the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and put pressure on the president of the moment knowing that he is meeting a veteran of the world scene.
The queen 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 in international circles.
“She grew up with that kind of sense of America as 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 his meetings, on both sides of the pond, with former American presidents:
Trump and the Queen met in July 2018 at Windsor Castle during a visit to Britain that sparked major anti-Trump protests, including the raising of the infamous balloon depicting Trump as an oversized baby.
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.
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 then-first lady Michelle Obama broke protocol by briefly putting an arm around the Queen’s back as they sympathized with her aching feet.
It is generally a no-no to touch the Queen, but she returned the first lady’s gesture.
The queen invited the Obamas to Buckingham Palace in 2011.
When Obama toasted the Queen at a banquet, he didn’t miss a beat when the band prematurely launched into God Save the Queen. He kept talking about the music until the band calmed down.
George W. Bush
Bush hated formal affairs, but donned his tie and tailcoat for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace in 2003.
Later, Bush made a mistake when the Queen was in the White House in 2007, when she said she had helped the United States “celebrate its bicentennial on the 17th.” Bush held back and corrected the date to 1976, stopping to see if she was offended. .
“He gave me a look that only a mother could give a child,” Bush said. Later, he started a toast at the British embassy in Washington: “I was wondering if I should start this toast by saying, ‘When I was here in 1776.’
The Queen welcomed Bill and Hillary Clinton aboard the British royal yacht, Britannia, in 1994. The Clintons spent a night aboard the ship. The next day, the Britannia transported Bill Clinton to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier as it prepared to sail across the English Channel from Portsmouth to Normandy for the D-Day anniversary celebrations.
George HW Bush
One of the most memorable images from the monarch’s third state visit to the US occurred in 1991, when only her white-striped purple hat could be seen above the microphones when she spoke at an arrival ceremony on the grounds. of the White House.
Someone forgot to adjust the lectern after Bush, much taller, spoke and the queen ignored the incident when opening 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.
The actor and the California rancher rode alongside the Queen on an eight-mile horseback ride through the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1982.
Reagan was the first president to sleep in this 11th-century royal estate overlooking the River Thames.
They planned to ride together again at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara in 1983, but the weather ruined the plan.
The Queen welcomed Carter in May 1977 on his first trip abroad at a dinner for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace. Carter noted the arrival of the Queen Mother and hurried to escort her to the assembled line of guests.
The Georgia peanut farmer-turned-president sat between the Queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, and facing Prince Charles, Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother.
Ford hosted a state gala dinner for the Queen, wearing a diamond tiara, in 1976 to mark the bicentennial of the American Revolution. The brilliant gathering at the White House included diplomats, star athletes, and celebrities like Cary Grant and Julie Harris. But the celebratory mood was shattered when Ford took the Queen onto the dance floor as The Lady Is a Tramp echoed throughout the state dining room.