US deal boost as Biden hails ‘special relationship’ and accepts Queen’s ‘graceful’ invite

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Her Majesty will welcome the American leader and First Lady Jill Biden to Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the monarch had “issued a graceful invitation” to Mr Biden which the President “certainly accepted.”

In a statement, she added: “He’s [Joe Biden] looking forward to seeing her with Dr Biden a couple days into his trip.”

Confirming the announcement, the White House praised America’s “special relationship with the United Kingdom” ahead of the meeting.

There have been 14 American presidents in power during the Queen’s reign so far.

Following Joe Biden’s visit to Windsor Castle later this month, the monarch will have met all except one.

Lyndon B Johnson, who took over in 1963 following John F Kennedy’s assassination, never crossed paths with the Queen.

Former US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania were hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle during a 2018 visit to the UK, and before meeting the monarch he described her as “a tremendous woman”.

He returned for a state visit the following year and was joined by members of his family, and during the three-day visit senior royals also met the US leader.

President Biden will also meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson on June 10 to discuss key foreign policy matters.

Mr Biden is then due to attend the G7 gathering in Cornwall, which will be held in Carbis Bay from June 11-13.

The Express understands the Prime Minister is also expected to discuss progress on the US trade deal being agreed with the UK.

Negotiations are currently taking place between International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and her counterpart Katherine Tai.

On Mr Biden’s meeting with Mr Johnson, Ms Psaki added: “There’s a range of issues of mutual interest from the future of economic growth in the world, to addressing the COVID pandemic, to security issues around the world.

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“So they have a range of topics they can clearly discuss, and certainly it should be seen as significant that it’s the President’s first stop on a foreign trip.”

A UK Government source added: “The Prime Minister looks forward to welcoming President Biden to the UK next week.

“UK-US cooperation will be key in making progress on matters including tackling COVID-19 and protecting the environment.

“However, this meeting will be important to cooperate more effectively in defence and trade.

“President Biden’s meeting with The Queen is also a key symbolic moment for the special relationship between both countries.”

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