Biden to meet with Queen Elizabeth on first overseas trip as president

Biden to meet with Queen Elizabeth on first overseas trip as president
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President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Budget negotiators: 72 hours and counting Biden to stump for McAuliffe in test of his electoral branding MORE will meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle later this month when the first couple travels to the United Kingdom for a Group of Seven summit, Buckingham Palace and the White House said Thursday.

The queen is expected to host the first couple on June 13 before they depart the U.K. for a NATO summit and meetings with European leaders in Brussels.


The meeting, which was expected, will be Biden's first meeting with the queen as president. She has met with a dozen American presidents in her 69 years on the throne. The meeting was said to be in the works before Thursday’s announcement. 

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage MORE said in a statement later Thursday that the first lady plans to return to the U.S. following the meeting with the queen.

President Biden has met with other members of the royal family, specifically Prince HarryPrince HarryGOP lawmaker calls for Meghan, Harry to lose royal titles over paid leave push Meghan joins push for paid family leave in rare political statement Prince Harry and Meghan announce partnership with asset management fund Ethic MORE in 2017 when he and then-President Obama traveled to the Invictus Games in Toronto.

In April, the president and first lady offered condolences to the royal family following the death of Prince Philip, the husband of the queen, at the age of 99.

“The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more,” the Bidens said in the statement. “His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.”

The trip overseas will be President Biden’s first since taking office in January; his travel has been constrained for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is also scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia tightens restrictions as virus infections, deaths rise Biden should end the confusion and say America will defend Taiwan New hacking efforts show Russia undeterred by US actions MORE in Geneva at the end of the trip.

— Updated at 10:36 a.m.