The 11 US Presidents the Queen has met throughout her reign


One of the most controversial parts of US President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK is his upcoming meeting with the Queen.

But Trump is joining a long line of U.S. leaders who have met the world’s longest-reigning monarch since her coronation in 1952.

The only president the Queen hasn’t met during her reign is Lyndon B. Johnson, who only visited Asia during his time in office.

Her Majesty has received three other US Presidents at Windsor Castle since the 1980s – Barack Obama in 2016, George W Bush in 2008 and Ronald Reagan in 1982.

The Queen and Harry Truman. (Getty)

Harry Truman was the first president Queen Elizabeth met – before she was even crowned Queen. She met Truman on October 31, 1951, when she was still a princess, on behalf of her father, her father King George VI, who was gravely ill at the time.

The president said that, while he had received many guests in Washington, ‘never before have we had such a wonderful young couple, who have so completely captured the hearts of all of us’.

The Queen meets President Eisenhower. (Getty)

Seven years after Elizabeth took to the throne, she met Dwight D Eisenhower on October 17, 1957, when he visited the UK.  Princess Anne and Prince Charles were pictured alongside him, wearing kilts, during his 1959 trip to Balmoral two years later.

A meeting with John F Kennedy. (Getty)

When the Queen was 35 in 1961, she met John F Kennedy, only six months into his presidency. During his visit, a state banquet was held and the visit was later dramatised in Netflix series The Crown.

Kennedy later wrote to the Queen saying he would ‘always cherish the memory of that delightful evening’.

The Queen met Richard Nixon in 1969. (Getty)

Richard Nixon flew to the UK to visit Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1969 and also met with the Queen on February 15. He had lunch at Buckingham Palace during the informal visit. However, the pair had already met when Nixon was Vice President under Eisenhower in 1957. 

Queen Elizabeth then flew to the US to visit President Gerald Ford on July 17, 1976 during his two-and-a-half year term in office. The visit came after the 200th anniversary of America’s declaration of independence from Britain, and Queen Elizabeth shared a dance with the US President at a ball. Nixon promised the Queen ‘the United States [has] never forgotten its British heritage.’ 

The Queen dances with Gerald Ford. (Getty)

When Jimmy Carter visited the Queen on May 7, 1977, he threw tradition to the wind and greeted the Queen Mother with a kiss on the lips. They met at Buckingham Palace and she was clearly shocked with the gesture.

The Queen and Jimmy Carter. (Getty)

According to biographer William Shawcross, she later wrote: ‘I took a sharp step backwards – not quite far enough’.

A horse-riding trip with Ronald Reagan. (Getty)

President Ronald Reagan met the Queen three times during his period in office. He was the first to spend a night at Windsor Castle in 1982 – where Trump is also due to stay on his scheduled visit.

The pair were pictured horse riding together, with Reagan reportedly saying: ‘I must admit, the Queen is quite an accomplished horsewoman’.

Queen Elizabeth also visited Reagan and his wife at their ranch in Santa Barbara, California, in 1983. 

George H. W. Bush meets the Queen. (Getty)

George H.W. Bush wasn’t a fan of Margaret Thatcher on his visit to the UK in 1989 but took a shine to Queen Elizabeth. Bush flew across the pond to visit the London officials only five months after being sworn in as president.

He took a trip to London on June 1 and the Queen later reciprocated with a visit to Washington two years later.

Bill Clinton and the Queen. (Getty)

Due to Bill Clinton’s involvement in the peace process in Northern Ireland, he made a few trips to the UK during his time as US president. Their first meeting happened on June 4, 1994, at a banquet honoring the 50th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day.

The Queen then hosted Bill and Hilary at Buckingham Palace for tea.

The Queen and George W. Bush. (Getty)

George W. Bush met Queen Elizabeth for the first time on November 21, 2003 during a six-day European tour. But there were protests, involving tens of thousands of people, during this official state visit. An effigy of the president was toppled by protesters in Trafalgar Square during the short visit.

It reportedly cost the UK millions in security spending during the three days and is known as the most controversial President-Queen meeting until Trump’s. During their stay, George and Laura Bush were treated to a 41-gun salute and later attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s most recent presidential meeting with Barack Obama. (Getty)

The most recent US president the Queen has met was Barack Obama, on May 24, 2011. The Obamas presented her with a set of memorabilia and photographs from her parents’ trip to the US in 1939. 

His last visit to the UK as president was during a state visit in 2011, when the Queen, full of smiles, accompanied Obama alongside Prince Philip.