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Biden to meet with Queen Elizabeth on first overseas trip


JUNE 3, 2021

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Washington, D.C. — President Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth II on June 13 as part of his first international trip as president, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

The gathering will take place at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom and is the first meeting between Mr. Biden and Queen Elizabeth since he took office. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed in a statement the June 13 visit with the queen and said the first lady will return to the U.S. following the meeting at Windsor Castle.

The president is poised to make his first trip overseas as president for the G-7 Summit in Cornwall, England, which is set for June 11 to June 13. Ahead of the summit, on June 10, Mr. Biden will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “to affirm the enduring strength of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” Psaki said.

He will then travel to Brussels for a NATO Summit on June 14, as well as a U.S.-European Union Summit, according to the White House. Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the NATO Summit “to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues,” the White House said. Among the leaders the president will sit down with at the U.S.-E.U. Summit are King Philippe of Belgium and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Capping Mr. Biden’s inaugural trip abroad is a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16.

Queen Elizabeth has met with 13 presidents during her 69-year reign, including former President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump in 2018 and 2019, and former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in 2009, 2011 and 2016.

Courtesy/Source: CBS News