Joe Biden appeared to break royal protocol during his first meeting with the Queen at the G7 summit by arriving after her.
The US President’s motorcade swept into the dinner reception during the summit in Cornwall on Friday (June 11).
But he arrived with First Lady Jill Biden a few minutes after the Queen got there with Prince William, Kate Middleton,Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
According to royal protocol, members of the Royal Family should be the last to arrive at an event and the first to leave.
The protocol dictates that all guests are in place before the Queen arrives.
British professional coaching company Debrett's told the Daily Mail: "It is correct for everyone to arrive before the royal personage and protocol rules dictate that no guest should leave an event before a member of the Royal Family.”
Royal historian Marlene Koenig, royal historian told Bazaar back in 2019: "When it is a formal event, a state dinner, attending the ballet (sitting in the royal box), a reception, a wedding, the royals are the last to arrive."
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But the late arrival at the Eden Project near St Austell, Cornwall did not appear to put a dampener on the monarch’s enthusiasm.
The Queen, 95, was all smiles as she spoke to the American leader and his wife.
It was the first time she has met a foreign leader since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
And the reception also marked her first official engagement since her husband, Prince Philip, died in April aged 99.
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The Bidens are due to visit Windsor Castle on Sunday for tea.
The G7 summit has seen the leaders of seven of the world’s richest countries visit Cornwall.
It also saw the first meeting between the US President and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Meanwhile, Kate was asked about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn daughter Lilibet at the G7 summit.
She said: “We haven't met her yet but hopefully that will be soon.”
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