London, United States: Buckingham Palace confirmed Thursday that Queen Elizabeth II will welcome US President Joe Biden after he visits the G7 conference on June 13 for her first in-person visit with a foreign leader in over a year.
The president and First Lady Jill Biden will meet the 95-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she has mostly resided since the coronavirus outbreak first struck Britain in March 2020.
The Queen has been holding the vast majority of meetings digitally, including audiences with foreign diplomats, since receiving her two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
It will be her first face-to-face meeting with a foreign head of state since the pandemic broke out, as well as her most high-profile official engagement since presiding over parliament’s state opening on May 11.
It was the Queen’s first public appearance since her husband Prince Philip’s funeral. He died on April 9th, at the age of 99.
The Bidens paid respect to the late Duke of Edinburgh in a condolence message at the time.
“His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped,” they wrote.
The visit with the president and first lady will take place the day after the Queen’s official birthday and immediately after the Group of Seven leaders’ three-day summit in Cornwall, southwest England.
Biden’s first international trip since becoming office began with the G7 summit. He’ll also stop in Brussels for a NATO summit and Geneva for a June 16 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During her 69-year reign, the Queen has met every US president save Lyndon B. Johnson.
In June 2019, Donald Trump paid a divisive state visit to the United Kingdom.
The official birthday celebration is usually marked by a military procession known as “Trooping the Colour,” which features hundreds of soldiers from the country’s most prominent regiments.
However, due to the pandemic, it has been postponed for a second year.