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Her Majesty is hosting Mr Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday at the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall. It is Mr Biden’s first overseas trip as President and first time meeting the Queen as a fellow head of state, although he may have met her during his eight years as Vice President. Mr Biden met with Boris Johnson yesterday, after which the Prime Minister said the US and UK should be known as the “indestructible relationship” and said the talks were “terrific”.
For the Queen’s part, she is said to be “personally relieved” to be dealing with Mr Biden instead of Mr Trump.
One of the reasons for this may have been Mr Trump’s many blunders, including revealing what she said in a private conversation with him on national TV, breaking protocol.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “She will know that in Biden, she can rely on their conversations being kept private, which was not the case with President Trump, whose erratic behaviour became infamous.
“The meeting between them should prove invaluable to the famously close links which America has with Britain.”
The Queen is meeting Joe Biden on Sunday
Boris Johnson and Joe Biden met yesterday ahead of the G7 summit
After meeting the Queen in 2018, Mr Trump gave an interview to Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
In this interview, Mr Trump revealed that the Queen had spoken to him about Brexit, calling it “complex”.
He said: “She said it’s a very ‒ and she’s right ‒ it’s a very complex problem.
“I think nobody had any idea how complex this was going to be.
“Everyone thought it was going to be ‘Oh it’s simple, we join or we don’t join, or let’s see what happens.’”
Piers Morgan interviewing Donald Trump for Good Morning Britain
It is very rare for heads of state to discuss their private conversations with the Queen, especially about anything political, because she must remain completely apolitical publicly.
In fact, the former President actually acknowledged this when he was pushed for more detail.
He said: “Well, I can’t talk, you know I’ve heard very strongly from a lot of people, you just don’t talk about that conversation with the Queen, right? You don’t want to do that.
“Let me tell you what I can talk about. She’s an incredible woman, she is so sharp, she is so beautiful, when I say beautiful ‒ inside and out. That is a beautiful woman.”
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The Queen met Donald Trump on several occasions
The following year, Mr Trump came to the UK for a state visit and broke royal protocol again.
He and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, shook hands with the Queen and Prince Charles instead of bowing, as is tradition.
They repeated this mistake when they met the royals for the NATO meeting in London in 2020.
Royal aides are likely hoping Mr Biden is more au-fait with royal protocol than his predecessor, while the Queen will be able to sigh a breath of relief that she can trust her comments will not be broadcast to the world.
Joe Biden’s Irish roots ‘problem’ for UK claims Archer
The G7 summit, which starts today, is set to cover topics like vaccine distribution and tackling climate change.
Mr Biden’s arrival was met with some apprehension, due to his outspoken comments on Brexit and Northern Ireland.
The President, who is of Irish heritage, has insisted the Good Friday Agreement must not be affected and has pushed for the UK to resolve the issue of border checks with the EU.
He has expressed “deep concern” over the situation.
However, Mr Johnson claimed Mr Biden did not rebuke him over Northern Ireland in their bilateral talks yesterday.
According to Mr Fitzwilliams, the Queen may prove vital in smoothing over such tensions, as she has done in the past.
He told Express.co.uk: “The President, of Irish Catholic extraction, plays to his constituency as any politician would.
“The Good Friday Agreement is sacrosanct for him and his views on Brexit and the way it affects issues linked with Northern Ireland differ from those of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“He will bear in mind that the most successful state visit of the Queen’s reign was her visit to Ireland in 2011 which led to a reciprocal visit by the Irish President and also to a meeting with the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.”