Joe Biden says the Queen ‘reminds me of my mother’ after royal reception with ‘generous’ monarch at Windsor Castle

PRESIDENT Joe Biden says the Queen reminds him of his MOTHER – after taking tea with the monarch at Windsor.

Mr Biden – who is 78 to the Queen's 95 – visited Her Majesty with wife Jill this evening after attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.

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After their meeting, Mr Biden told reporters: "I don't think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity."

And he said she'd asked about Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Biden has a meeting with Mr Putin next week.

"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," the president said.

"I said I wish we could stay longer, maybe we could hold the cars up a minute, and stuff. Anyway, she was very gracious."


He confirmed he's invited the Queen to the White House.

"She said, 'What's it like in the White House?' I said, 'Well it's magnificent but it's a lot of people'," he added.

It generally is frowned upon for anyone to reveal the contents of their private talks with the Queen.

The Bidens arrived at Heathrow in Air Force One this afternoon before stepping out of a Range Rover at the castle at around 5pm.

Despite the sweltering heat, the Queen stood as she awaited her guests, and was seen smiling at her guards.

She wore a summery pink Stewart Parvin dress, a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and the diamond Jardine star brooch, believed to be one of her favourite pieces of jewellery.

Mrs Biden, in a light blue suit, held her husband's hand as they walked towards the castle.

They greeted the Queen on a dais in Windsor's quadrangle before a Guard of Honour gave a royal salute as the US national anthem was played.

Mr and Mrs Biden put their hands on their hearts as the anthem rang out.

Mr Biden took off his aviator sunglasses before carrying out an inspection of the guard before watching a military march-past.

After the ceremony, he walked alongside the Queen, who was heard to say: "You completed your talks."

He replied: "Yes, we did."

Before going inside, the Queen introduced the Bidens to her lady-in-waiting Dame Annabel Whitehead.

The monarch has now received four presidents at Windsor, with the Bidens following the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George W. Bush and his wife in 2008 and the Reagans in 1982.

During her 69 years on the throne, there have been 14 US presidents.

Her Majesty has met all but Lyndon Johnson.

Mr and Mrs Biden met the Queen for the first time on Friday when she attended a reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project.

Both Mr and Mrs Biden, along with Emmanuel Macron, were left chuckling as Her Majesty cracked jokes during the event, asking them: "Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourself?" as they posed for a photo.

Their latest meeting comes the day after the Queen received her official birthday gift from the nation's armed forces – a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honour – which was held at the castle.

The traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, which is normally staged in London, was ruled out for the second successive year because of the threat of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, today's carefully-choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the welcome given to Donald Trump three years ago, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch.

Mr Trump and the Queen had afternoon tea together in the castle's Oak Room, with the meeting lasting longer than expected.

It was due to last around half-an-hour, but overran by almost 20 minutes.

In 2008, when then US president George W Bush met with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room.

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