Queen to welcome Joe Biden for tea at Windsor Castle
The Queen will welcome US President Joe Biden to Windsor with an honor guard and tea at the castle.
US leader and first lady Jill Biden will visit her royal residence in Berkshire on Sunday, after attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.
The couple met the Queen on Friday when she attended a reception for G7 leaders at Project Eden.
Their last meeting comes the day after the Queen received her official birthday present from the country’s armed forces – a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honor – held at the castle.
The traditional Trooping the Color ceremony, which normally takes place in London, has been ruled out for the second year in a row due to the threat of the coronavirus.
The carefully choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the reception given to Donald Trump in 2018, when the controversial President of the United States traveled to Windsor to meet with the monarch.
Mr Trump and the Queen had tea together in the castle’s Oak Room as the meeting went on longer than expected.
It was supposed to last about half an hour, but exceeded by almost 20 minutes.
In 2008, when then-US President George W Bush met the monarch in Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room.
The queen will welcome the Bidens on the platform of the quadrangle of the castle.
A guard of honor made up of the Grenadier Guards of the Queen’s Company First Battalion will deliver a royal salute and the United States National Anthem will be played.
Mr Biden will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Honor Guard, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Honor Guard, before returning to the podium to watch the military parade with the Queen and the first lady.
In 2018, the Queen accompanied Mr Trump to inspect the Guard of Honor in Windsor.
Escorting a visiting Head of State to inspect troops is a role that was typically assigned to the late Duke of Edinburgh, before his retirement in 2017.
There have been 14 US Presidents in the Queen’s 69-year reign – from Harry S Truman to Mr. Biden.
Mr Biden, who is in the UK for the G7 summit, will be the 13th US leader to meet the monarch, with Lyndon B Johnson the only one the Queen has not met.