Queen Elizabeth II met with 13 US presidents, from Truman to Biden


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom died Thursday at the age of 96, living a long life during which she met with 13 different United States presidents.

Elizabeth remained a constant on the world stage, meeting with American leaders before she even became queen. Here is a peek at some of her encounters with U.S. presidents.

Then-Princess Elizabeth met with President Harry Truman in 1951, a year before she ascended to the throne. Elizabeth and Prince Phillip met with the Truman family at Blair House that year during a visit to Washington, D.C.

Six years later, Queen Elizabeth spent four days at the White House in October 1957, as she and Prince Philip stayed with President Dwight Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.

In 1961, the queen hosted President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at Buckingham Palace.

The queen never met with President Lyndon Johnson, but her sister Princess Margaret did in 1965. The next president the queen met was President Richard Nixon, whom she met along with their spouses in the UK in 1970.

In 1976, Queen Elizabeth visited the United States for an American bicentennial celebration, where she shared a dance with President Gerald Ford.

Nearly a year later, the queen met President Jimmy Carter and other world leaders at a May 1977 summit dinner at Buckingham Palace.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan visited Windsor Castle. During their stay, Reagan and Queen Elizabeth rode horses together.

The queen visited the White House in 1991, where she joined President George H.W. Bush on the South Lawn to plant a tree. The tree replaced another, which had been planted by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 in honor of the coronation of King George VI.

Among the queen’s meetings with President Bill Clinton was a D-Day commemoration event at the Guildhall in London.

President George W. Bush met with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2003 before Bush met with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with the queen and Prince Philip in April 2016. The two couples shared a private lunch in Windsor.

Queen Elizabeth’s meetings with President Donald Trump include a state banquet where Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the Buckingham Palace event.

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in June 2021. It was Biden’s first foreign trip as president.

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