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President Biden meets Queen Elizabeth II at G7 reception

President Biden meets Queen Elizabeth II at G7 reception

President Biden met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals Friday at a reception for the Group of Seven world leaders at the Eden Project botanical garden.

The commander-in-chief sat on the far left in a group shot, with the Queen in the center with UK leader Boris Johnson in between her and the president, and France’s Emmanuel Macron to the monarch’s right.

They posed together before a reception for the G7 leaders at the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the Eden Project, close to where they are holding a summit in southwest England.

The 95-year-old monarch smiled as she arrived with other senior members of her family, including eldest son and heir to the throne Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla, as well as Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.

The newly widowed monarch was greeted by Johnson, who appeared to share a joke before they walked into the reception.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to President Joe Biden  and his wife Jill as she attends a reception at the Eden Project.
Queen Elizabeth II is also due to meet the Bidens for tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday after the summit has concluded.
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Kate Middleton and First Lady Jill Biden
Kate Middleton and first lady Jill Biden met for the first time earlier in the day.
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Before posing with the others, the Queen also met Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, who had previously met with Kate Middleton in a visit to a UK school.

It was the Queen’s first major meeting with world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic started.

Her Majesty is also due to meet the Bidens for tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday after the summit has concluded.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (center), poses for a family photograph with, from left, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson , Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President Joe Biden, during an evening reception at The Eden Project.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (center) poses for a photograph with (from left) Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy’s Prime minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President Biden during an evening reception at the Eden Project.
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The first lady had said Thursday that “Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen.”

“That’s an exciting part of the visit for us,” she said of their first major overseas trip.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden during a reception with the G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, during a reception with the G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.
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