- President Joe Biden spoke fondly of the Queen after his private tea session with her at Windsor Castle.
- He told reporters that she was “very generous,” and reminded him of his mother.
- Biden is the 13th sitting US president that the Queen has met during her reign.
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President Joe Biden spoke fondly about Queen Elizabeth II after a private tea session with her at Windsor Castle, saying she reminded him of his mother.
“We had a long talk, and she was very generous. I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, in terms of the look of her and just the generosity,” Biden said, speaking to a pool of reporters before boarding Air Force One for Brussels.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden were invited to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s royal residence just 20 miles from London, after a three-day Group of Seven (G7) summit in Cornwall. She met the Bidens on June 13 in the quadrangle of the castle, where the couple was treated to a royal salute by the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards.
Biden said the Queen asked him about several other world leaders over tea.
“She wanted to know what the two leaders that I — the one I’m about to meet with, Mr. Putin — and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping,” Biden added, referring to his upcoming meeting on Wednesday with Putin.
Biden told reporters he invited the Queen to the White House, though he did not say if she agreed to visit stateside.
Per a Guardian report, Biden and the Queen previously met in 1982 when he was still a senator.
The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton met the Bidens and other world leaders during the G7 summit reception on June 11.
The Queen has met 13 serving US presidents during her 69-year reign. The only president the monarch did not meet was Lyndon Johnson, who instead met her sister Princess Margaret in 1965.