Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President Biden and the primary woman, Dr. Jill Biden, to her house, Windsor Fort, on Sunday in a really non-public go to, with cameras and reporters saved nicely away.
Mr. Biden and the queen inspected an honor guard of grenadiers within the fortress’s sun-splashed quadrangle earlier than retiring inside for tea. The queen has sought refuge at Windsor since abandoning Buckingham Palace early final 12 months because the coronavirus pandemic was bearing down on Britain.
It was Mr. Biden’s final assembly earlier than he left for Brussels, the subsequent cease in his European tour. And it was a delicate coda to a go to that featured an ice-breaking assembly with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose pro-Brexit authorities was as soon as seen as extra ideologically in sync with Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump.
Mr. Johnson praised Mr. Biden as a “breath of contemporary air” and stated he and the president had been “utterly on the identical web page” on points like local weather change and schooling for girls and women.
Nonetheless, on each presidential go to to Britain, it’s the assembly with the queen that almost all symbolizes what diplomats on each side nonetheless reflexively name the 2 nations’ “particular relationship” — a time period Mr. Johnson not too long ago stated he didn’t look after as a result of it made Britain sound needy.
It was the second go to this weekend for the Bidens and the queen. On Friday, in Cornwall, England, the queen joked with the Group of seven leaders throughout a summit picture and minimize a cake with a sword.
There was little description of the assembly at Windsor Fort, nonetheless, because the reporters who cowl the president got no entry to the grounds as soon as he arrived from Heathrow Airport by his helicopter, Marine One.
Mr. Biden has met the queen earlier than this weekend however not since 1982, when he was a senator on a visit sponsored by the British-American Parliamentary Group, which promotes relations between Parliament and Congress.
After practically seven a long time on the throne, the queen has met each American president since Harry S. Truman, save Lyndon B. Johnson, and has been uncovered to a variety of presidential gestures, quirks and the odd fake pas.
Throughout her assembly with Mr. Trump in 2018, he appeared to step instantly in entrance of Queen Elizabeth whereas the 2 had been inspecting the distinction guard at Windsor Fort, forcing her to step round him. The picture set off a social media storm, with royal commentators one-upping each other concerning the gravity of the breach in diplomatic protocol.