US President Joe Biden was welcomed by a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle before having tea with the Queen.
The president and First Lady Dr Jill Biden flew from Cornwall on Air Force One, following the G7 summit, to Windsor on Sunday afternoon for tea with the monarch.
Arriving at the castle, the couple were driven into the quadrangle where they were greeted by the Queen, wearing a Stewart Parvin dress in a floral print jacquard in shades of pink, olive and russet, with a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and the diamond Jardine star brooch.
A Guard of Honour played the American national anthem before the president inspected them.
The Bidens and the Queen then watched a military march past before walking into the castle through the Sovereign’s Entrance for tea, which the Queen pours herself, and enjoyed sandwiches and some cake – most likely with the Queen’s dogs at their feet.
As they walked into the castle, the Queen said to Mr Biden: “You completed your talks.”
He replied: “Yes we did.”
Mr and Dr Biden left the castle after about an hour with the Queen.
The meeting echoes that of Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, who also had tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2018.
Their meeting in the castle’s Oak Room overran by 20 minutes.
Mr and Dr Biden met the Queen, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, earlier this week at the Eden Project in Cornwall during the G7 summit.
He is the 13th president to meet the Queen.
Mr Biden gave a news conference at Newquay Airport before departing for Berkshire, in which he said the US had restored its presence on the world stage after Donald Trump’s term in office.
Mr Biden used his first overseas trip since taking office 120 days ago to connect with leaders from some of the world’s most powerful countries and to closely unite allies on addressing the coronavirus pandemic and China’s trade and labour practices.
“America’s back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values,” he said.
“I think we’ve made progress in re-establishing American credibility among our closest friends.”
The president is on an eight-day European trip where he will visit Brussels to attend a NATO summit and will then meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.