Joe Biden feels ‘special connection’ with Queen as important meeting set to be announced

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it was up to the British to formally announce the invitation – but Buckingham Palace is due to formally announce this week, Express.co.uk understands. The meeting is expected to take place at Windsor Castle or at Buckingham Palace when the US President visits the UK for the G7 summit next month.

 

Sharing support for Her Majesty, Ms Psaki said: “Who wouldn’t want to meet with the Queen?”

A White House source added: “Joe Biden feels he has a special connection to the Queen, he is looking forward to meeting her head of state to head of state.”

Downing Street sources said plans for the landmark meeting would be a “big boost for diplomatic relations” between the UK and the United States.

A UK Government source added to Express.co.uk: “The meeting would certainly be a post-Brexit charm offensive, we have goals we want to achieve with the United States and this would certainly help achieve them.”

The prospect of a visit by The Queen is expected to smoothen trade relations and ease negotiations between US Trade Representative Katharine Tai and Trade Secretary Liz Truss on securing a free trade agreement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also plead with his G7 colleagues including Mr Biden to reach an agreement on COVID-19 vaccine passports and to open talks on a “world treaty” to prepare for future pandemics.

During the Queen’s 69-year reign, there have been 14 American presidents – from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden.

She met Mr Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump when he made a state visit to the UK in June 2019 in the last days of Theresa May’s premiership.

But is not thought the two world figures have met before.

For Mr Biden the coronavirus pandemic has limited opportunities for him to travel outside of the US, meaning the G7 gathering will be his first foreign engagement in person.

The White House incumbent is due in Britain for the start of the summit on June 11, before heading to Brussels to join a Nato summit three days later.

He is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Switzerland for talks on repairing relations between Washington and Moscow.

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When asked about the exact details of a visit, Ms Psaki said: “I don’t have anything else to announce at this point in time.”

The monarch sent a private message to Mr Biden following his inauguration in January which spurred on a private meeting.

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment by Express.co.uk.

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