How Joe Biden's visit differed from Donald Trump's tea with the Queen

·Royal Correspondent
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Joe Biden has become the 13th president to have a one on one with the Queen after the monarch invited him and his wife, Jill, for tea at Windsor Castle.

The Bidens visit follows the G7 summit in Cornwall, where the Queen first met them on Friday evening, during a drinks reception held by the Royal Family at the Eden Project.

He is the fourth US president in recent times to have met the Queen at Windsor Castle, instead of Buckingham Palace which is where heads of state are usually entertained by the monarch.

In 2018, Donald Trump was invited to Windsor where he had tea with the Queen.

Here's how the two visits differed.

Trump got more time with the Queen

Both visits overran, according to reports, with Trump's scheduled half an hour meeting running over by 20 minutes.

The Bidens were reportedly over schedule by just 10 minutes.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) stands with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on July 13, 2018 during an engagement on the second day of Trump's UK visit. - US President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, plunging the transatlantic
The Queen with the Trumps at Windsor in 2018. (Steve Parsons/AFP)
Queen Elizabeth II (centre) with US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle in Berkshire. Picture date: Sunday June 13, 2021.
The Queen with the Bidens in Windsor Castle on Sunday afternoon. (PA images)

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The Bidens total visit was about an hour, with the couple arriving just after 5pm and leaving at about 6.03pm.

On his way to his next stop, Brussels, Biden told reporters the Queen had been "generous" and "gracious" and even remarked that she reminded him of his mother.

Biden's solo Guard inspection

In 2018, Trump was invited to inspect the Guard of Honour, as was Biden in 2021.

However in 2018, the Queen inspected the Guard with Trump. In 2021, the Queen stayed back on the dais as she spoke to Dr Biden.

The inspection of the Guard of Honour is something that the visiting head of state used to do with Prince Philip.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018 in Windsor, England.  Her Majesty welcomed the President and Mrs Trump at the dais in the Quadrangle of the Castle. A Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, gave a Royal Salute and the US National Anthem was played. The Queen and the President inspected the Guard of Honour before watching the military march past. The President and First Lady then joined Her Majesty for tea at the Castle.  (Photo by Richard Pohle  - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen and Trump inspected the Guard of Honour together. (Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
US President Joe Biden (C) joins the Major General Christopher Ghika (L) in inspecting the Guard of Honour formed of The Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards 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 Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden (C) joined the Major General Christopher Ghika (L) in inspecting the Guard of Honour formed of The Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle. (Tolga Akmen/AFP)

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He was retired by 2018, when Trump was invited, so the Queen stepped into the role.

But in 2021, with the recent death of Prince Philip not far from her mind, the Queen asked Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to carry out the inspection with Biden.

Biden appears to avoid any major gaffes

In 2018, Trump was widely criticised when he appeared to make a major gaffe by standing in front of the Queen as they set out to inspect the Guard of Honour.

But Biden appeared to avoid any major mishaps in front of the Queen.

He arrived wearing sunglasses, but took them off. The Queen herself was wearing sunglasses during an engagement last week, when she received a rose in honour of her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018 in Windsor, England.  Her Majesty welcomed the President and Mrs Trump at the dais in the Quadrangle of the Castle. A Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, gave a Royal Salute and the US National Anthem was played. The Queen and the President inspected the Guard of Honour before watching the military march past. The President and First Lady then joined Her Majesty for tea at the Castle.  (Photo by Richard Pohle  - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Trump appeared to lose the Queen as he stepped in front of her at Windsor Castle in 2018. (Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) 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 Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage )
Biden kept his aviators on at the beginning of the meeting with the Queen before changing his mind about the look. (Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage )

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Biden also appeared to offer an elbow to the Queen at one point, to help her walk down the steps, but she seemed to decline.

The president revealed details of their meeting later on, which is unlikely to be anything the palace will comment on, considering it a private chat.

He also made up for arriving after her on Friday evening to her drinks reception, and was early for his meeting on Sunday afternoon.

However, royal experts told Yahoo UK the Queen is rarely overly concerned by apparent gaffes.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine told Yahoo UK: "The Queen, steeped in tradition after almost 70 years on the throne, has a very keen eye and will immediately notice that something is not as it should be.

"However, she fully appreciates that things do occasionally go wrong, but would never admonish her guests and make them feel uncomfortable. That's not her style."

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