FALMOUTH, England—President Biden will this weekend undergo a rite of passage experienced by all but one of his predecessors since World War II: a meeting while in office with Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr. Biden became the 13th sitting U.S. president to meet the British monarch at a reception on Friday of the leaders of the Group of Seven nations. He will meet her again with his wife Jill on Sunday for tea at Windsor Castle. In her nearly 70-year reign, the queen has proved an important weapon in Britain’s diplomatic armory, wooing U.S. leaders in good times and the not so good.
While still Princess Elizabeth, she and her husband Prince Philip were hosted in 1951 by President Harry Truman. Since becoming queen the following year, she has met every sitting president since Dwight Eisenhower, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson, giving her unequaled experience of successive occupants of the Oval Office.
The 95-year-old monarch is again playing a diplomatic role as the U.K. hosts the G-7 summit on England’s south coast. She and her family hosted a reception for G-7 leaders on Friday evening.
“Are you supposed to look as if you are enjoying yourselves?” the queen quipped as the leaders took part in a socially distanced family photo.