A quarter of US history: Stunning pictures show the Queen meeting 13 presidents over 70 years

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The Queen is to meet president Joe Biden when he is in the UK for the G7 meeting, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday.

Biden, who has previously met her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince Harry, will be the 14th president of the US during the Queen's reign.

Once she ticks the meeting on 13 June off her to do list, she will have met all but one of them.

The Queen's first president was Harry S Truman, who she met when Princess Elizabeth in 1951, the year before she acceded. He was president until 1953, the year of her coronation.

She has met all the presidents since then except Lyndon B Johnson, though it's not clear why she did not meet him.

He never extended an invitation to Washington DC, nor did she issue one for the UK.

President Harry Truman welcoming his guest Princess Elizabeth to Washington D.C, on her arrival.
President Harry Truman welcoming his guest Princess Elizabeth to Washington DC on her arrival in 1951. She was Queen the following year and he was president until 1953. (PA Images)

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The Queen met Dwight D Eisenhower in 1957 during her state visit to the US.

And two years later she met him again in Canada, which is a Commonwealth Realm, meaning she is head of state and Queen there too. 

She is said to have had an affectionate relationship with Eisenhower, who was invited to stay at her Scottish home of Balmoral Castle.

The Queen and President Dwight D. Eisenhower of America leaving the airstrip at St. Hubert, Quebec, where her Majesty greeted the President and his wife on their arrival in Canada.
The Queen and Dwight D Eisenhower in St Hubert, Quebec, where her Majesty greeted the US president and his wife on their arrival in Canada. (PA Images)

The Queen next met John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie Onassis in London in June 1961.

The couple were welcomed for a dinner with the Queen and her husband at Buckingham Palace.

Kennedy was assassinated two years later, but the Queen did not attend his funeral, which is one of the opportunities she would have had to meet his successor, Johnson.

American President John Kennedy (right) and his wife Jacqueline (2nd left) pictured with Queen Elizabeth II (2nd right) and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, in London.
John F Kennedy (right) and his wife Jacqueline (second left) with the Queen (second right) and the Duke of Edinburgh (left) at Buckingham Palace, in London in 1961. (PA images)
President Lyndon B. Johnson meets soldiers during a surprise visit to an American base in Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam. October 1966. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
President Lyndon B Johnson at an American base in Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam in1966. He did not meet the Queen. (Corbis via Getty Images)

Although she missed meeting Johnson, she met Richard Nixon twice during his time as US president.

He was in London in 1969, for dinner with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

And the following year she met him at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, along with his wife, Pat. 

1970: The Queen with Mr Edward Heath and Mr and Mrs Richard Nixon at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister in Buckinghamshire.
The Queen with Edward Heath and Richard Nixon and his wife Pat at Chequers, the official country residence of the prime minister in Buckinghamshire in 1970. (PA Images)

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The next two presidents were Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

She met Ford in the US in 1976, as the nation celebrated its bicentennial. She carried out a state visit that year.

And in 1977 she welcomed Carter to London, in her silver jubilee year.

The Queen Mother and Prince Philip were also present at the dinner for the president.

Queen Elizabeth ll toasts President Gerald Ford during a State Visit to the USA in July, 1976.  EMPICS Entertainment Photo.
The Queen toasts president Gerald Ford during a state visit to the USA in July, 1976. (EMPICS Entertainment Photo.)
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The Queen with her mother and husband and Jimmy Carter at Buckingham Palace in 1977. (PA images)

The Queen invited Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy to stay at Windsor Castle in 1982 and the two were pictured riding alongside each other in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.

Images from the state dinners also show they shared a few jokes over the course of their evenings together.

They met again in the US in 1983, when she toured the west coast of the country. 

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07:  The Queen Sharing A Joke With President Ronald Reagan During A Banquet At Windsor Castle.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The Queen sharing a joke with Reagan at Windsor Castle in 1982. (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

After Reagan came the first of the George Bush dynasty, as Bush snr came into office.

He visited her in 1989 in London, having lunch with her at Buckingham Palace.

She visited him in the US in 1991, though the meeting became known as 'podiumgate' because all that could be seen of her as she gave a speech on the White House lawn was her hat.

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - MAY 14:  Queen With President Bush On The White House Lawn In Washington, Dc  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The Queen's face was obscured by the microphone during the speech. (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth ll with US President George Bush Snr. on the White House lawn in Washington DC on May 14, 1991.
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The Queen with George Bush Snr. on the White House lawn in Washington DC in 1991. (Anwar Hussein)

In between Bush Snr and George W Bush came Bill Clinton.

She met Clinton on several occasions, including in 2000 when he was accompanied by his wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea at Buckingham Palace. 

Bush then became president, and was another US leader to meet the Queen several times.

He travelled to the UK in July 2001, meeting her at Buckingham Palace, and then two years later he made a state visit, the first official one by a US president.

In 2007 she went to the US and found herself the victim of one of his gaffes as he aged her by 200 years in a speech.

He followed his mistake with a wink to Her Majesty.

US President Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary (right) and his daughter Chelsea (left) meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.
Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary (left) and his daughter Chelsea (right) with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London in 2000. (PA Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with the President of the USA, George Bush and wife Barbara at the White House, Washington DC, on the sixth day of her state visit to the US.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with George Bush and wife Barbara at the White House, Washington DC, on the sixth day of her state visit to the US in 2007. (PA Images)

The Queen also met Barack Obama a few times during his eight years in office.

She forged a warm relationship with his wife Michelle Obama and they were even pictured putting their arms around each other on one occasion, despite touching the Queen usually being a breach of protocol.

They met before the G20 summit in 2009, and for a state visit to the UK in 2011.

The Obamas also got on well with the wider family, meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry as well as a toddler Prince George in 2016.

File photo dated 24/05/11 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh posing with U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a State Banquet, as part of the Presidents three-day state visit to the UK. The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced. Issue date: Friday April 9, 2020.. See PA story DEATH Philip. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a State Banquet, in 2011. (PA Images)

Donald Trump met the Queen twice during his one term presidency, and was hosted along with his wife Melania at Windsor Castle in 2018.

He returned for a state visit in 2019, and brought along many other members of his family.

He had a great affection for the Queen who he called a "tremendous woman".

But he was caught making a mess of protocol during the viewing of a guard of honour because he stepped in front of the Queen. 

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The Queen and Donald Trump during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth in 2019. (PA Images)

The Queen's meeting with Biden will come the day after Trooping the Colour, the annual official celebrations of her birthday, and be in Windsor, where she has spent most of the pandemic.

As he will be the 14th president she has worked with and 13th she has met, it means she will have met more than a quarter of all the US presidents who have ever been in office.

Biden is the 46th president of the US.

He will be in the UK from 10 June for the G7 summit which commences on 11 June. 

He will be joined by his wife Dr Jill Biden, who will return to the US after meeting the Queen on 13 June, the White House confirmed.

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