US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall 090621 CREDIT PA IMAGES, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO.
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Troops To Give President Biden Guard Of Honour During Meeting With Queen

A Guard of Honour formed of The Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a Royal Salute.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall 090621 CREDIT PA IMAGES, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO.

US President Joe Biden will be welcomed to Windsor with a Guard of Honour, followed by tea with the Queen at the castle.

The Queen will host the American leader and First Lady Jill Biden at her Berkshire royal residence on Sunday.

Buckingham Palace released further details about the visit on Thursday.

The carefully choreographed arrangements echo the welcome given to Donald Trump in 2018, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch.

Mr Trump and the Queen had afternoon tea together in the castle's Oak Room, with the meeting lasting longer than expected.

It was due to last around half-an-hour, but overran by almost 20 minutes.

In 2008, when then-US president George W Bush had tea with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room.

The Queen will greet Mr and Dr Biden at the dais in the castle's Quadrangle.

A Guard of Honour formed of The Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a Royal Salute, and the US national anthem will be played.

President Biden will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Mr Biden will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Honour Guard, before returning to the dais to watch the military march-past with the Queen and First Lady.

The US President landed in the UK on Wednesday evening at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk where US Air Force personnel are based.

Delivering a speech to American servicemen and women, Mr Biden paid tribute to the Suffolk base's Second World War past. 

It is Mr Biden's first official visit to the UK since being elected in November last year

In 2018, the Queen accompanied Mr Trump to inspect the Guard of Honour at Windsor.

Escorting a visiting head of state to inspect the troops is a role which usually fell to the late Duke of Edinburgh, before he retired in 2017.

There have been 14 US presidents during the Queen's 69-year reign – from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden.

Mr Biden, who is in the UK for the G7 summit in Cornwall, will be the 13th American leader to meet the monarch, with Lyndon B Johnson the only president the Queen has not met.

Cover image: President Biden and the First Lady arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall on Wednesday (Picture: PA/Alamy Stock Photo).