'She reminded me of my mother': Biden reveals details of meeting the Queen

·Royal Correspondent
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Joe Biden has said the Queen reminded him of his mother after he had tea with her at Windsor Castle on Sunday afternoon.

Biden, 78, said he did not think the Queen, 95, would "be offended" before he made the remark, as he boarded the Marine One plane at Heathrow to head to Brussels.

He said she reminded him of his mother in the "look of her and her generosity".

He and his wife Jill Biden spent about an hour with the Queen in total, arriving at Windsor Castle just after 5pm, and leaving at 6.03pm.

They saw a Guard of Honour, which Biden inspected, before the Queen led them through the Sovereign's Entrance and served them tea.

GREENVILLE, DE - NOVEMBER 4:  Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden (D-De.) greets supporters along with wife Jill  and his mother Jean Biden after voting at The Tatnall School November 4, 2008 in Greenville, Delaware. Voting is underway in the U.S. presidential elections with Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) leading in the polls against the Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Joe Biden with wife Jill and his mother Jean Biden in 2008 in Greenville, Delaware. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Jill Biden (L) stand beside Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) to watch the military march past at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on June 13, 2021. - US president Biden will visit Windsor Castle late Sunday, where he and First Lady Jill Biden will take tea with the queen. (Photo by Arthur Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ARTHUR EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Bidens and the Queen watch the military march past at Windsor Castle. (Arthur Edwards/AFP)

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As he was leaving the UK, Biden told waiting reporters about the visit: "We had a long talk. She was very generous. I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother. In terms of the look of her and just the generosity."

He said he had invited her to the White House, and that he joked the presidential home and office could fit inside the Quadrangle of her Berkshire castle.

The Queen has not travelled abroad since 2015 when she went to Malta with her late husband Prince Philip.

Her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla travelled to the US in 2015 on her behalf and met with Biden when he was Vice President.

White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs said Biden also remarked that the Queen had asked him about his upcoming visit with president Xi Jinping and president Vladimir Putin.

Biden added: "She said, ‘What’s it like in the White House?’ I said, ‘Well it’s magnificent but it’s a lot of people’."

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden while watching a Guard of Honour march past before their meeting at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle. The President arrived from Cornwall where he attended the G7 Leader's Summit and will travel on to Brussels for a meeting of NATO Allies and later in the week he will meet President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Biden appeared to offer his elbow to support the Queen down the steps from the dais at the Quadrangle. (Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Queen Elizabeth II and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England.  Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle. The President arrived from Cornwall where he attended the G7 Leader's Summit and will travel on to Brussels for a meeting of NATO Allies and later in the week he will meet President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert - Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Queen and the first lady waited as the president inspected the Guard of Honour. (Mark Cuthbert - Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)

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Biden is continuing his trip, next heading to Brussels, but his wife Dr Biden is returning to the US.

The first lady spent time with the Queen's granddaughter-in-law, attending a school with her in Cornwall on Friday, where the pair met some of the pupils in reception class, before sitting on a round table about education and Early Years development.

The two women then released an op-ed through CNN, establishing their commitment to working together on Early Years Development.

When Dr Biden was quizzed on whether she asked the Duchess of Cambridge for advice on meeting the Queen, she brushed off the suggestion, saying they were "busy".

Biden is the 13th president the Queen has met during her reign, of 14 who have been in power across the pond.

They met briefly on Friday evening in Cornwall, the first time the Bidens had met the Queen despite his eight years as vice president when he worked with Barack Obama.

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