According to video footage distributed by national TV channels, Biden arrived in Windsor from Cornwall, where the three-day G7 summit ended, by helicopter. After that, the president moved into a car that took him to the castle, and, to the surprise of journalists, a Range Rover SUV drove into the courtyard of the castle and drove up close to the podium, where the queen was standing waiting for guests. Elizabeth II was wearing a pink dress with a floral print and a pink hat.
Biden did not break protocol like his predecessors during the greeting – he did not try to touch the queen. However, the president’s wife tried to put something in the left pocket of her jacket during the greeting.
In 2019, US President Donald Trump broke protocol by touching the Queen’s back. A much more serious violation of protocol was once committed by the wife of Trump’s predecessor, Michelle Obama. She did not just touch the queen, but hugged her, so that Elizabeth II, to avoid embarrassment, had to respond in kind.
Biden was met at the palace by a guard of honor, and the orchestra played the American anthem. After that, the Queen and the Bidens watched a brief parade and went to the castle, where a tea party was planned.
According to the journalists who covered the visit, the queen poured herself a cup of tea and offered the guests sandwiches and cake. The meeting lasted 20 minutes longer than planned.
According to the White House, Biden first met with the British queen 39 years ago – in 1982, when he was a senator. Biden is the 13th American president to be hosted by Elizabeth II.