US President Joe Biden violated royal protocol while attending a G7 dinner reception in the United Kingdom, the Daily Mail has reported, citing Debrett's, a leading authority on royal etiquette. The Republican and his wife Melania shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II and her late husband Prince Philip instead of curtsying and bowing, while the Democrat made a speech over the UK's national anthem. "I don't think she'd be insulted", he later told reporters of his visit, "[but] she reminded me of my mother".
But this being the Royal family, such visits for afternoon tea include a military display and some fabulous big band tunes, including the Star Spangled Banner, after which the president was invited to inspect the Guard of Honour.
Following the visit to Windsor, the first lady returns to Washington, D.C. The president travels on to Brussels for two days of meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and European Commission leaders, and then to Geneva, where he'll conclude his weeklong trip with a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It generally is frowned upon for anyone to reveal the contents of their private talks with the Queen.
Biden said they compared notes on living in Windsor Castle versus the White House.
They greeted the Queen on a dais in Windsor's quadrangle before a Guard of Honour gave a royal salute as the USA national anthem was played.
Biden leaves Washington to meet allies -- then Putin
Biden, 78, heads from the White House first to Britain ahead of a G7 summit in a Cornish seaside resort from Friday to Sunday. Trump argued that the United States can't afford to be the world's policeman, an isolationist stance popular with his voters.
He replied: "Yes, we did".
Last year, it was rumoured that the Duke had watched the pared down birthday spectacle from a window of the castle, where both he and the Queen had been isolating during the first lockdown. She has met every serving American president since Dwight Eisenhower - except Lyndon Johnson who did not travel to Britain while in office.
It came just hours after she had returned to Windsor from Cornwall, where she met G7 leaders and posed for the traditional "family photo", prompting chuckles as she quipped: "Are you supposed to look as if you're enjoying yourself?" Trooping of the Colour has marked the Official Birthday of the Sovereign for over 260 years and it has been agreed once again that in line with government advice The Queen's Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will not go ahead in its traditional form.
Meanwhile, today's carefully-choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the welcome given to Donald Trump three years ago, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch.
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.
President Biden described Queen Elizabeth as an "extremely gracious" woman who reminds him of his mother after meeting her at Windsor Castle.
It is believed the visit overran by 10 minutes.