The Queen has welcomed Joe Biden to Windsor Castle this evening, for tea, as the G7 summit comes to a close.
Following on the scaled-back version of Trooping the Colour yesterday to mark her official birthday, Her Majesty and massed bands gathered in the Quadrangle at Windsor for the official meeting.
The temperatures soared in the UK today, but the Monarch wore a floral pink dress and hat, with her Jardine Star brooch, to meet the President and First Lady.
Star-Spangled Banner was played by the bands to welcome the Americans, before Joe Biden inspected the Guard of Honour; this was formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards.
This was the Bidens’ first overseas trip since taking office in January.
The trio had an official photo in the Grand Corridor of the castle before heading for tea.
This is the fourth US President who has been met at Windsor in recent years, with President Trump and President Obama both being afforded the honour.
The Bidens landed in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Elizabeth II has previously met the President when he was a Senator back in 1982, however.
Her Majesty has met 13 Presidents across her 69-year reign, with Lyndon B Johnson being the only incumbent she did not meet.
In 2008, when then US president George W Bush met with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea, with sandwiches and cakes, in the White Drawing Room.
The couple stayed with Her Majesty for around half an hour, leaving just after 6pm.
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On Friday, The Queen led senior Royals as the British Government deployed the soft diplomacy of the Monarchy during the G7 meeting, especially in the wake of Brexit tensions with European neighbours.
She chose to cut a cake at the Eden Project with a ceremonial sword, causing laughter as she struggled to make it work.