LONDON — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II will meet President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle during his visit to the U.K. to attend the Group of Seven leaders’ summit next week.
The monarch will host the president and first lady Jill Biden on the final day of the June 11-13 summit taking place in Cornwall, England, the palace said Thursday.
The leaders of the wealthy industrialized nations are holding their first face-to-face meeting in more than two years.
Host nation Britain is keen to show that the rich countries’ club still has clout in a fast-changing world. It also hopes to use the U.K.’s G-7 presidency this year to help forge a post-Brexit “Global Britain” role for the country.
Queen Elizabeth II and President Joe Biden will meet at Windsor Castle on the final day of the June 11-13 visit to the U.K. for the Group of Seven leaders' summit. (Photo: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
The queen, who is set to celebrate 70 years on the throne next year, has met with every U.S. president except for Lyndon Johnson during her reign.
Donald Trump caused a stir when he kept the queen waiting for more than 10 minutes during their first meeting in Windsor Castle in 2018. Royal watchers also noted several other Trump faux pas during the visit, including shaking the queen’s hand instead of bowing, turning his back on her for a few seconds and leaving his jacket open and flapping.
Trump met again with the queen a year later and exchanged toasts at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace during a three-day state visit.
US President Donald Trump, left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski, AP)
Biden’s visit comes amid explosive new allegations of systemic racism in the royal family, an issue that was earlier suggested in Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
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The Guardian, Britain’s left-leaning newspaper and a leader in the longstanding movement to get rid of the monarchy, published a report Wednesday declaring that Queen Elizabeth II’s top courtiers banned “coloured immigrants or foreigners” from serving in clerical roles in the royal household until at least the late 1960s, according to documents the paper discovered in the United Kingdom’s National Archives.
“(The documents reveal) how in 1968, the Queen’s chief financial manager informed civil servants that ‘it was not, in fact, the practice to appoint coloured immigrants or foreigners’ to clerical roles in the royal household, although they were permitted to work as domestic servants,” The Guardian reported.
The paper also reported the documents show that in the 1970s, the queen and her aides were able to negotiate with government officials to exempt the royal household from laws prohibiting discriminatory hiring practices, which to this day keep royal employees from suing for alleged discrimination at work.
Buckingham Palace has not responded to USA TODAY’s requests for comment about The Guardian’s story.
Contributing: Associated Press, Michael Collins, Maria Puente
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