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What Queen Elizabeth's relationship was like with every US president, from Truman to Trump

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 11 Jun 2021


<p><img class="lead-image-large" src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5a281cbb3dbef4cc1d8ba44d-2000/gettyimages-874874098.jpg" border="0" alt="Queen Elizabeth II visits Hull" data-mce-source="Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Queen Elizabeth II, pictured on a visit to Hull last month."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are set to meet Queen Elizabeth II in their first trip to the United Kingdom of Biden's presidency for the G7 summit, currently taking place in Cornwall, England.&nbsp;</p><p>The Bidens <a href="https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/queen-meet-g7-leaders-eden-5513523">will attend a reception and dinner</a> with other G7 leaders several members of the Royal Family including the Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate, in Cornwall on Friday, June 11.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, the Bidens <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/10/politics/jill-biden-first-lady-queen-elizabeth-ii/index.html">are scheduled to visit the Queen</a> again at Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13.&nbsp;</p><p>The Queen, who ascended to the throne in 1952 and is currently the world's longest-reigning monarch, has played a major role in facilitating the US and UK's <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/12/trump-in-uk-history-shows-the-us-uk-special-relationship-is-increasin.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"special" diplomatic relationship.</a></p><p>The Queen traveled to Washington, DC for the first time to meet President Harry Truman in 1951 when she was still a princess. She's met 11 US American presidents total (Biden will be the 12th) at places including Buckingham Palace, the White House, and even a Baltimore Orioles game.</p><p>President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump last visited with the royals <a href="https://www.insider.com/donald-trump-wades-into-britains-brexit-crisis-2019-6" target="_blank" rel="noopener">from June 3-5</a>, 2019 on a special state visit <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/world-leaders-join-queen-elizabeth-for-d-day-75th-anniversary-2019-6">to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p><p>They attended several distinctly British meet-and-greet opportunities, including tea with heir Prince Charles, a banquet at Buckingham Palace, a tour of Westminster Abbey, and a D-Day anniversary ceremony, most of which was alongside royalty.</p><p>Here's what the Queen's relationships and meetings with US presidents have been like, from Harry Truman to Donald Trump.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/presidents-meeting-british-kings-queens-photos-2018-7" >Historic photos show every time American presidents met British kings and queens</a></strong></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/world-leaders-join-queen-elizabeth-for-d-day-75th-anniversary-2019-6" >Leaders from 16 countries joined Queen Elizabeth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Dayhere's what the historic gathering looked like</a></strong></p><h3>When Queen Elizabeth was still a princess in 1951, she traveled to Washington, DC to the first time to meet President Harry Truman, and the two complimented each other's nations. "Free men everywhere look towards the United States with affection and with hope," she told Truman.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5b44aa3d447aad23008b4fd6-400-300/when-queen-elizabeth-was-still-a-princess-in-1951-she-traveled-to-washington-dc-to-the-first-time-to-meet-president-harry-truman-and-the-two-complimented-each-others-nations-free-men-everywhere-look-towards-the-united-states-with-affection-and-with-hope-she-told-truman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Sources: <a href="https://www.vogue.com/article/look-back-at-all-of-queen-elizabeths-presidential-meetings" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vogue</a>, <a href="https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/remarks-welcome-princess-elizabeth-and-the-duke-edinburgh-the-washington-national-airport">UC Santa Barbara Presidency Project</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>The queen developed a close friendship with President Dwight Eisenhower, who hosted Her Majesty for her first state visit to the US as queen. They corresponded by letter for yearswith the queen even sharing her recipe for grilled scones with Eisenhower.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5b465e73f2052937008b4600-400-300/the-queen-developed-a-close-friendship-with-president-dwight-eisenhower-who-hosted-her-majesty-for-her-first-state-visit-to-the-us-as-queen-they-corresponded-by-letter-for-years--with-the-queen-even-sharing-her-recipe-for-grilled-scones-with-eisenhower.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/12/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/6" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>The queen reportedly felt upstaged and outshined by Jacqueline Kennedy when she and President Kennedy toured France and England in the summer of 1961 The queen hosted them at Buckingham Palace.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5b44aa3d64444537008b49b3-400-300/the-queen-reportedly-felt-upstaged-and-outshined-by-jacqueline-kennedy-when-she-and-president-kennedy-toured-france-and-england-in-the-summer-of-1961-the-queen-hosted-them-at-buckingham-palace.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/09/fact-checking-the-crown-jackie-kennedy-vs-queen-elizabeth-at-buckingham-palace/'utm_term=.b9594ce58092" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Washington Post</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth and President Kennedy warmly corresponded until his death in 1963, after which the queen created a physical memorial and a scholarship fund in Kennedy's honor.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5ca7b21d09b60335ad3dbdb1-400-300/nevertheless-queen-elizabeth-and-president-kennedy-warmly-corresponded-until-his-death-in-1963-after-which-the-queen-created-a-physical-memorial-and-a-scholarship-fund-in-kennedys-honor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/09/fact-checking-the-crown-jackie-kennedy-vs-queen-elizabeth-at-buckingham-palace/'utm_term=.b9594ce58092" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Washington Post</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>President Richard Nixon met the queen multiple times during his time as vice president and presidentand reportedly tried to fix his daughter Tricia up with Prince Charles, the queen's eldest son.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/596f8783c50c29a8008b534d-400-300/president-richard-nixon-met-the-queen-multiple-times-during-his-time-as-vice-president-and-president--and-reportedly-tried-to-fix-his-daughter-tricia-up-with-prince-charles-the-queens-eldest-son.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/12/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/8" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>President Gerald Ford hosted Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip for a state dinner. "If I hadn't kept mixing up Your Highness and Your Majesty (he's His Highness, she's Her Majesty) I'd give myself four stars for the way that visit went off," First Lady Betty Ford wrote of the dinner in her memoirs.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5b44aa3dd7751421008b4dc7-400-300/president-gerald-ford-hosted-queen-elizabeth-and-prince-phillip-for-a-state-dinner-if-i-hadnt-kept-mixing-up-your-highness-and-your-majesty-hes-his-highness-shes-her-majesty-id-give-myself-four-stars-for-the-way-that-visit-went-off-first-lady-betty-ford-wrote-of-the-dinner-in-her-memoirs.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/exhibits/queen/queen.asp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ford Presidential Library</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Outside of the occasion's formalities, the Fords did have a humorous moment with the queen during the 1976 visit that involved their 24-year-old son, Jack.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5cf5723b11e2051a3461cb62-400-300/outside-of-the-occasions-formalities-the-fords-did-have-a-humorous-moment-with-the-queen-during-the-1976-visit-that-involved-their-24-year-old-son-jack.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Kate Andersen Brower, the author of "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies," <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/02/politics/melania-trump-queen-elizabeth-uk-visit/index.html'utm_medium=social&amp;utm_content=2019-06-02T15%3A55%3A06&amp;utm_term=image&amp;utm_source=twCNNp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">told CNN</a> that when the Fords brought the queen and Prince Philip to the residence before the visit's dinner, they ran into Jack, who was wearing jeans and a t-shirt.</p><p>The queen reassured the first lady about the run-in, saying: "Don't worry, Betty, I have one of those at home, too."</p></p><br/><br/><h3>President Jimmy Carter committed an infamous faux-pas in kissing the Queen Mother on the lips during his visit to Buckingham Palace to attend a NATO event.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5cacebc509b60313ec6ee0d7-400-300/president-jimmy-carter-committed-an-infamous-faux-pas-in-kissing-the-queen-mother-on-the-lips-during-his-visit-to-buckingham-palace-to-attend-a-nato-event.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/10/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Queen Elizabeth developed a close relationship with President Ronald Reagan, with whom she shared a love of horseback riding.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5b44acaf447aad1d008b4f82-400-300/queen-elizabeth-developed-a-close-relationship-with-president-ronald-reagan-with-whom-she-shared-a-love-of-horseback-riding.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/11/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>The queen was reportedly very friendly with both Nancy and Ronald Reagan, whose family ranch she visited in 1983.</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5cf56ff211e20517f5556989-400-300/the-queen-was-reportedly-very-friendly-with-both-nancy-and-ronald-reagan-whose-family-ranch-she-visited-in-1983.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Brower <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/02/politics/melania-trump-queen-elizabeth-uk-visit/index.html'utm_medium=social&amp;utm_content=2019-06-02T15%3A55%3A06&amp;utm_term=image&amp;utm_source=twCNNp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">told CNN</a>&nbsp;the first lady wrote about the queen in her memoir and the two "had a good relationship."</p><p>Reagan wrote that the queen came to the ranch after the president and first lady mentioned it during a visit to Windsor Castle, and the queen wanted to ride horses.&nbsp;</p><p>Though the queen made it to the ranch, "the weather was awful, so instead the Reagans left the ranch to go on the royal yacht Britannia," Brower told CNN.</p><p>Despite the change of plans, Reagan wrote: "I spent that evening with the Queen, sitting on a sofa in the large living room, talking about our children like old friends."</p></p><br/><br/><h3>In 1989, the queen granted Reagan honorary knighthoodthe highest distinction the United Kingdom awards foreignersin recognition of Reagan's assistance to the UK in the Falkland Wars.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5ca7b7e6ffcb270dfe1c37f7-400-300/in-1989-the-queen-granted-reagan-honorary-knighthood--the-highest-distinction-the-united-kingdom-awards-foreigners--in-recognition-of-reagans-assistance-to-the-uk-in-the-falkland-wars.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/15/world/accolade-for-reagan-honorary-knighthood.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Associated Press</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>George H.W. Bush, a life-long baseball fan, took Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip to a Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics game in 1991the first time the queen had been to a baseball game.</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5ca7ba48c6cc502f92023119-400-300/george-hw-bush-a-life-long-baseball-fan-took-queen-elizabeth-and-prince-phillip-to-a-baltimore-orioles-vs-oakland-athletics-game-in-1991--the-first-time-the-queen-had-been-to-a-baseball-game.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/15/this-day-in-politics-may-15-1991-584410" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Politico</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>After President Bush died in December 2018, the queen put out a statement that honored him as "a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom" and a "patriot." She also sent Prince Charles to represent the Royal Family at his funeral.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5b4664575ea10823008b47b3-400-300/after-president-bush-died-in-december-2018-the-queen-put-out-a-statement-that-honored-him-as-a-great-friend-and-ally-of-the-united-kingdom-and-a-patriot-she-also-sent-prince-charles-to-represent-the-royal-family-at-his-funeral.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a25368831/queen-elizabeth-george-hw-bush-death-statement/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Town &amp; Country</a>, <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a25393902/prince-charles-george-hw-bush-funeral/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marie Claire</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Her Majesty impressed me as someone who but for the circumstance of her birth, might have become a successful politician or diplomat. As it was, she had to be both, without quite seeming to be either," President Bill Clinton wrote of the queen in his memoir.</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5ca7bba2c6cc503549178176-400-300/her-majesty-impressed-me-as-someone-who-but-for-the-circumstance-of-her-birth-might-have-become-a-successful-politician-or-diplomat-as-it-was-she-had-to-be-both-without-quite-seeming-to-be-either-president-bill-clinton-wrote-of-the-queen-in-his-memoir.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>In 2007, Queen Elizabeth poked some light-hearted fun at George W. Bush over his mistakenly saying she had to come to celebrate America's bicentennial in 1776 instead of 1976.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5ca7be97c6cc5023d613c4f8-400-300/in-2007-queen-elizabeth-poked-some-light-hearted-fun-at-george-w-bush-over-his-mistakenly-saying-she-had-to-come-to-celebrate-americas-bicentennial-in-1776-instead-of-1976.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/may/09/usa.monarchy" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Guardian</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>In 2009, President Barack Obama gifted the queen an iPod with historical video footage of her previous visits to the US going back to the 1950s, as well as his 2009 inaugural address and 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5b44aef10bc37e2a008b4c36-400-300/in-2009-president-barack-obama-gifted-the-queen-an-ipod-with-historical-video-footage-of-her-previous-visits-to-the-us-going-back-to-the-1950s-as-well-as-his-2009-inaugural-address-and-2008-speech-at-the-democratic-national-convention.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/15/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>In her memoir "Becoming," Michelle Obama described accidentally violating royal protocol by putting her arm around the queen as a show of affection and support, but says Her Majesty didn't seem offended and reciprocated the gesture back.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5ca7cef5c6cc5026554273ad-400-300/in-her-memoir-becoming-michelle-obama-described-accidentally-violating-royal-protocol-by-putting-her-arm-around-the-queen-as-a-show-of-affection-and-support-but-says-her-majesty-didnt-seem-offended-and-reciprocated-the-gesture-back.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Sources: <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/the-special-relationship-a-history-of-meetings-between-british-monarchs-and-u-s-presidents/15/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC America</a>, <a href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a25047228/why-michelle-obama-hugged-queen-elizabeth/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Harper's Bazaar</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>President Donald Trump was accused of committing several royal faux-pas during his summer 2018 visit to Englandincluding being late to meet the queen at Windsor Castle, walking in front of her, shaking her hand instead of bowing, and turning his back to her.</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5cab5fb5c6cc5059a564a8e6-400-300/president-donald-trump-was-accused-of-committing-several-royal-faux-pas-during-his-summer-2018-visit-to-england--including-being-late-to-meet-the-queen-at-windsor-castle-walking-in-front-of-her-shaking-her-hand-instead-of-bowing-and-turning-his-back-to-her.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Sources: <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/07/13/twitter-counts-ways-president-trump-insulted-queen/784042002/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">USA Today, </a><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/14/us/trump-walks-front-queen-elizabeth.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The New York Times</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>While the queen has been diplomatically mum on her opinions of Trump, he has praised Her Majesty. "If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don't see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman," Trump said of the queen before their meeting.</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5b4793fc744a9822008b4929-400-300/while-the-queen-has-been-diplomatically-mum-on-her-opinions-of-trump-he-has-praised-her-majesty-if-you-think-of-it-for-so-many-years-she-has-represented-her-country-she-has-really-never-made-a-mistake-you-dont-see-like-anything-embarrassing-she-is-just-an-incredible-woman-trump-said-of-the-queen-before-their-meeting.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a27073402/donald-trump-queen-elizabeth-uk-state-visit-2019/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Town &amp; Country Magazine</a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Trump embarked on his second chance to connect with the queen in June 2019, when they opened the three-day state visit to the UK at Buckingham Palace. He joined her to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5cf51c6911e20504603d93c3-400-300/trump-embarked-on-his-second-chance-to-connect-with-the-queen-in-june-2019-when-they-opened-the-three-day-state-visit-to-the-uk-at-buckingham-palace-he-joined-her-to-commemorate-the-75th-anniversary-of-d-day.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Source: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-uk-state-visit-stiff0protest-awaits-him-at-stansted-airport-2019-6" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Insider</a><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/queen-set-for-donald-trump-d-day-state-visit-in-june-mwzs7d7xf'wgu=270525_54264_15547347450627_e57a84748d&amp;wgexpiry=1562510745&amp;utm_source=planit&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_content=22278" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></em></p></p><br/><br/><h3>Now, the Bidens are set to meet with the Queen. On Friday, the First Lady and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited a school together in Cornwall.</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60c363556d855e0018157827-400-300/now-the-bidens-are-set-to-meet-with-the-queen-on-friday-the-first-lady-and-kate-the-duchess-of-cambridge-visited-a-school-together-in-cornwall.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Duchess and the First Lady paid a visit to the students at Connor Downs Academy and to one of the school's rabbits, Storm.</p></p><br/><br/>
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