Her Majesty The Queen is set to host President Joe Biden and other world leaders upon her reported return to Buckingham Palace this Summer. The Times reports that The Queen and The Prince of Wales will host a “soft power” reception ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.
The Duke of Cambridge and other members of The Royal Family are expected to join The Queen and Prince Charles at the reception.
It is also reported that The Queen will have a one-on-one meeting with President Biden in her first diplomatic engagement following months of isolation in Windsor Castle. The Queen sent President Biden a private message ahead of his inauguration on 20th January.
It is said that The Queen is eager to “get back to business” after nearly a year away from her London residence. Her Majesty is said to be keen for Trooping the Colour to go ahead this year. A scaled back version of Trooping the Colour was held at Windsor Castle in 2020 owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. If it does go ahead this year, the military parade will be held on Saturday 12th June and will celebrate Her Majesty’s 95th birthday. The parade will also take place just two days after The Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.
On Joe Biden’s visit to the UK, a source told The Times, “There is a desire from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to have a very strong royal presence before G7 events, and all senior members of The Royal Family will be part of what happens.”
The visit of President Biden is expected to be received a lot more positively than that of his predecessor, President Trump. During his 2019 State Visit to the United Kingdom, Donald Trump was met with protesters and even a baby blimp which hovered over Parliament Square.
The meeting with President Biden and The Queen’s return to Buckingham Palace will be subject to Coronavirus restrictions.
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