“She was very gracious,” the President informed reporters Sunday at Heathrow Airport after he and First Lady Jill Biden met with the Queen at Windsor Castle. “She reminded me of my mother,” he added.
In the meeting, the pair spoke on world leaders, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. And in addition, they talked life at the White House compared to Windsor. “I said, this is… we could fit the White House in the courtyard,” the President joked of the castle, adding that he extended the Queen an invite to the White House.
President Biden is the 13th sitting President to meet with the Queen during her reign and the fifth President she’s hosted at Windsor. The visit was also one of her first public engagements since the death of her husband Prince Philip in April at age 99.
The President also met with newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, praising him as well as reassuring him of the United States’ support of Israel.
“On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement.
“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.”
“Israel has no better friend than the United States,” he continued.
“The bond that unites our people is evidence of our shared values and decades of close cooperation and as we continue to strengthen our partnership, the United States remains unwavering in its support for Israel’s security. My administration is fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to advance security, stability, and peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and people throughout the broader region.”
Prime Minister Bennett unseated Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 consecutive years in power, the country’s longest-serving prime minister.
And following Sunday’s visit with the Queen, President Biden then flew to Brussels for the 31st Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Monday (today), where he’s set to recommit to the Transatlantic Alliance. Talk about one busy weekend, eh?
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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