President Joe Biden said the Queen reminds him of his mother as he was welcomed to Windsor with a Guard of Honour and tea today.
The American leader and First Lady Jill Biden landed at Berkshire royal residence on Marine One just before 5pm this evening, after attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Today’s celebration consisted of a reduced parade in the grounds of Windsor Castle, instead of central London, due to the Covid pandemic.
President Biden met the Queen at the dais in the quadrangle, and a Guard of Honour, consisting of the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, performed a Royal Salute.
The Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Maj James Taylor, accompanied Mr Biden, along with Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, in an inspection of the Honour Guard.
The President then entered the castle through the Sovereign’s Entrance at 5.18pm to enjoy tea with the Queen.
Mr Biden spoke to the press before he took off for Brussels, telling reporters the monarch was ‘very gracious’, adding: ‘She reminded me of my mother.’
Catherine Biden, who the family called Jean, died in 2010 at the age of 92.
Mr Biden said of the Queen: ‘I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity.’
‘We had a long talk,’ Biden said, ‘and she was very generous.’
The President revealed that the Queen asked him about the leaders of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. He said she also asked what life in the White House was like.
‘I said, this is… we could fit the White House in the courtyard’, Mr Biden added, referring to the Windsor Castle.
Asked if he had invited the Queen to the White House, he said ‘yes’.
Mr Biden and the First Lady had met the Queen on Friday when she attended a reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, James Robinson