THE Queen will host US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill for tea at Windsor Castle this weekend, the Palace confirmed today.
Her Majesty will welcome the President and the First Lady at the dais in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.
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President Joe Biden and First Lady will join the Queen for tea this weekend[/caption]
Upon arrival, a Guard of Honour formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a Royal Salute, and the US National Anthem will be played.
The President will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Guard of Honour.
He will later return to the dais to watch the military march past alongside The Queen and the First Lady – before joining the Queen for tea in the Castle with the First Lady.
Biden will already be in the UK for the G7 summit in Cornwall on his first overseas trip since becoming President.
He will be the the 13th US President to meet the Queen, who has hosted every American head of state since taking the throne in 1952.
The only exception was Lyndon B. Johnson, who did not fly to Britain during his presidency.
Her Majesty will welcome her guests at Windsor Castle[/caption]
Sending his condolences to the Queen after the death of her husband this year, President Biden wrote: “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.”
And the Bidens already have a bizarre connection with the royal family.
Jill has known Prince Harry for years after they first met at an event in 2012 for wounded US and British soldiers.
The pair are understood to have bonded over their military ties – with Jill’s Major stepson Beau tragically passing away in 2015 from brain cancer.
The First Lady has since been a regular at Harry’s Invictus Games along with her husband.
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Biden even joked back in 2016 Jill “spent too much damn time with Prince Harry”.
The Queen has been carrying out royal engagements following her period of mourning.
She attended a scaled-back State Opening of Parliament earlier this month and visited the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth.