According to Biden, a memoir published several years earlier, in 1982 he told her, “Don’t you bow down to him.”
Little is known about the meeting, or how the 40- or 41-year-old Biden reacted to the British monarch, who was already in his 30-year reign at the time.
This is his first one-on-one engagement with the world leader since the coronavirus pandemic began. And it’s one of her first public engagements since her husband Prince Philip passed away earlier this year at the age of 99.
The meeting will take place after the end of Biden’s first G7 summit, held on the south-west coast of England. Biden has spent his first international trip aiming to revive US alliances with the world’s richest democracies. After meeting with the Queen, he will travel to Brussels where he will spend two days meeting with NATO headquarters and more US allies in the European Union before heading to Geneva to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Her first meeting with the British monarch this week came on Friday evening, when she joined world leaders at a reception held at a biosphere in Cornwall. After posing for a photo, he took a light job during the staging.
“Should you look like you’re enjoying yourself?” he said.
He was later pictured in a friendly conversation with Biden and his wife outside the futuristic domes, his son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla holding drinks in the background.
Sunday’s occasion will be more personal, with only Biden and his wife meeting the Queen at their home.
For Biden, that moment places him in a long roster of predecessors who also visited one of the world’s most famous women. A student of history who has consumed biographies of past presidents, that moment provides a living link to the position he now holds.
The US President often finds himself charmed after meeting the Queen.
“The Queen has been a source of inspiration to me, like many people around the world,” said President Barack Obama during a visit to London in 2016, when Prince Philip carried her in a Range Rover from Marine One to the doors of Windsor . Palace. “He’s really one of my favorite people.”
President Donald Trump also had a special affection for Queen Elizabeth, watching his own mother – born in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland – watch her coronation carefully on television.
Unlike Trump or Obama, Biden is not an Anglophile. He is a proud Irish American who has (sometimes jokingly) made a reference to his ancestors’ long British rule on the island. This week, he confronted Prime Minister Boris Johnson over issues related to Northern Ireland, worried that Britain’s exit from the European Union would jeopardize peace there.
And upon landing in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, he was the first to quote William Butler Yeats, the most famous Irish poet of the 20th century, from his poem about the Easter 1916 uprising against British rule. He also cited the American Declaration of Independence.
Irish loyalty aside, Biden will hardly air his grievances when he sits down with the British monarch on Sunday afternoon.
“Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen. It’s an exciting part of the journey for us,” Jill Biden told reporters this week. “We’ve waited for this for weeks and now it’s finally here. It’s a beautiful start.”