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Joe Biden's soft spot for Queen after Windsor meeting - ‘Reminded me of my mother’

The US President and First Lady, Jill Biden, were hosted by Her Majesty for tea at the royal residence. The Bidens met the Queen before heading on to the Nato summit in Brussels.

Speaking to reporters after his visit, Mr Biden said: "I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother.

“In terms of the look of her and just the generosity."

The President added: "I wish we could stay for longer, maybe we could hold the cars up a few minutes.

“Anyway, she was very gracious. She was very generous."

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Mr Biden has previously spoken about his mother Catherine, who died in 2010 aged 92, as the “profound influence” on his life.

He said she helped him to overcome a stutter in his youth and organise the coffee morning fundraisers when he first ran for the Senate in 1972 at the age of 29.

The Bidens travelled to Windsor Castle on Marine One after attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The pair landed on the grounds just before 5pm and were greeted by Her Majesty in the castle’s quadrangle.

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They were then given a Guard of Honour show formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards and the US national anthem was also played.

Mr Biden appeared to be impressed by Windsor castle and said: “We could fit the White House in the courtyard.”

The Bidens spent about 40 minutes inside the castle and the whole visit lasted more than an hour in total.

Mr Biden and the Queen discussed Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting.

The Bidens previously met the Queen on Friday when she attended a reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project.

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