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Biden to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle this month

LONDON — President Joe Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth II during a trip to the United Kingdom this month, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Thursday.

Biden will be in the U.K. to take part in the Group of Seven summit of world leaders in Carbis Bay, a small seaside resort in Cornwall, around 300 miles west of London. The meeting will run June 11 to 13.

Leaders from Germany, France and Japan will also attend the summit where climate change and Covid-19 recovery are set to be high on the agenda.

The coronavirus pandemic has limited opportunities for Biden to travel outside of the U.S. so the G7 gathering will be his first foreign engagement in person.

The president and his wife, Jill, will then travel to Windsor Castle, around 30 miles west of London, to meet with the monarch on June 13, the statement said.

The meeting will be a significant event for the royal, following the death in April of her husband, Prince Philip, although she has made several public appearances since then.

The Bidens sent their condolences following Philip’s death and said they were keeping the royal family “in our hearts during this time.”

Elizabeth, 95, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, has met with all American presidents since 1951, apart from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and next year she will mark 70 years on the throne, known in Britain as the platinum jubilee.

Planning has already begun for a four-day celebration in June 2022, including an extra national holiday, events across the Commonwealth, as well as “events that mix the best of British ceremonial splendor and pageantry with cutting-edge artistic and technological displays.”

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The queen met Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in 2018 and hosted him again during a formal state visit to the U.K. in June 2019.

His trips were marred with controversy when he weighed in on negotiations over Brexit and feuded with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Ahead of his 2019 visit, Trump also used the word “nasty” in conjunction with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in an interview with a British tabloid, The Sun.

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