US President Joe Biden to meet the Queen on UK trip for G7

3 June 2021, 12:44 | Updated: 3 June 2021, 23:44

Joe Biden will meet the Queen on June 13
Joe Biden will meet the Queen on June 13. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

US President Joe Biden and the First Lady will meet with the Queen during his visit to the UK for the G7 summit later this month, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The head of state will welcome the American leader and First Lady Jill Biden to Windsor Castle on Sunday June 13.

Mr Biden is due to attend the G7 gathering in Cornwall on his first foreign trip outside of the US as President.

The G7 is being held in Carbis Bay between June 11-13.

The Queen met Mr Biden's predecessor Donald Trump when he made a state visit to the UK in June 2019, in the last days of Theresa May's premiership.

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Since taking up his post in the Oval Office, the coronavirus pandemic has limited opportunities for Mr Biden to travel outside of the US, meaning the G7 gathering will be his first foreign engagement in person.

Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: "The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 13th June 2021."

There is speculation that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will also meet the American couple at some point during their visit to the UK.

There have been 14 US presidents during the Queen's 69-year reign - from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden.

Mr Biden will become the 13th American leader to meet the monarch - the only one the Queen did not meet was Lyndon B Johnson.

After attending the G7 gathering, when world leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues from climate change to tackling the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Biden will head to Brussels to join a Nato summit.

He is also scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland on June 16 for talks on repairing relations between Washington and Moscow.

The visit will be the first of its kind since the death of Prince Philip
The visit will be the first of its kind since the death of Prince Philip. Picture: Getty

President Biden's visit will be the first major event hosted by the Queen since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The President and First Lady Jill Biden sent their condolences to the Queen following Prince Philip's death, and said they were keeping the royal family "in our hearts during this time".

The Duke's funeral saw the Royal Family briefly reunited with Prince Harry, who returned from California for the event.