Joe and Jill Biden thank the Queen for 70 years of 'selfless devotion'
2nd June 2022

Joe and Jill Biden pay thanks to the Queen for seventy years of ‘selfless devotion,’ bringing the US and UK closer together and welcoming them to Windsor Castle last year in jubilee tribute

  • Joe and Jill Biden paid tribute to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne 
  • First couple posted video message marking Queen’s platinum jubilee 
  • ‘For 70 years you’ve inspired people with your selfless devotion and service to the people the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,’ Biden said
  • ‘Throughout your reign, the relationship between the United Kingdom United States has grown stronger and closer than ever,’ he noted
  • Jill Biden said: ‘Joe and I were so touched by the generosity and welcome you show to us when we visited you at Windsor Castle last year’
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

Joe and Jill Biden paid tribute to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne on Thursday, praising her ‘selfless devotion and service’ to the people of the United Kingdom.

In a video message posted to their social media accounts to make the Queen’s platinum jubilee, the president and first lady recalled the ‘generosity’ she showed them when they visited her at Windsor Castle in June 2021.

And they said the Queen helped bring the United States and United Kindom closer together.

‘Congratulations on your Platinum Jubilee,’ President Biden said in his message. ‘For 70 years you’ve inspired people with your selfless devotion and service to the people the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Throughout your reign, the relationship between the United Kingdom United States has grown stronger and closer than ever.’

Jill Biden added: ‘Throughout the years, the joy your visits to the United States have brought Americans and your solidarity with the American people in times of tragedy, have deepened the friendship and profound connection between our countries. And Joe and I were so touched by the generosity and welcome you show to us when we visited you at Windsor Castle last year, during our first visit overseas as President and First Lady.’

Joe and Jill Biden paid tribute to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne in a video message markng her platinum jubilee celebration

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during her Platinum Jubilee celebration

Biden then chimed in: ‘On behalf of the people in the United States, we send your best wishes to you and people around the world marking this momentous and historic occasion.’

And Jill concluded the message with: ‘Congratulations, Your Majesty, and have a wonderful Platinum Jubilee celebration.’

In 2021, while in the United Kingdom for a G7 meeting, the Bidens stopped at Windsor Castle to meet the Queen.

They had a private tea with her inside. And Biden also held an Inspection of the Guard of Honor on the castle grounds.

The day was so bright the president, at one point, donned his signature aviator sunglasses.

At the meeting, President Biden, who is known for being touchy-feeling, appeared to reach out as if to offer The Queen his arm to escort her off the dais. 

But he seemed to draw back at the last minute. It is a breach of protocol to touch The Queen although the president kept a hand close to her back as they walked off the stage. 

After that meeting, Biden told reporters the Queen reminded him of his mom Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, known to the family as Jean.

‘I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity,’ the president said.

Jean Biden was a devout Catholic mom-of-four who raised the future president in Pennsylvania and helped him overcome his childhood stutter. 

She died in 2010, aged 92, but is still frequently quoted by the president in his political speeches.  

DON’T TOUCH JOE! President Biden, who is known for being touchy-feeling, came close to touching the Queen, a violation of royal protocol, during the June 2021 visit at Windsor

The Queen hosted the Bidens for a private tea in their visit to her

The president also said that during tea with the Queen, the Queen asked him about world leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He said she also asked what life in the White House was like.

‘We could fit the White House in the courtyard,’ he said he told her, referring to Windsor Castle.

Asked if he had invited her to the White House, Biden responded: ‘yes.’ 

The Queen marked her 70 years on the throne Thursday with an appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

She was joined by four generatons of the Royal Family as tens of thousands of Britons cheered and waved the Union Jack.

(From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today

Crowds look up from The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London today

The 96-year-old monarch, who wore her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit used in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait, exclaimed ‘incredible!’ when she took the salute after arriving from Windsor Castle.

Senior royals including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate and their children, stood bysde her. There was no place on the Palace balcony for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew given that none of them are no longer working royals.

Wearing sunglasses, the Queen looked joyful as she surveyed the patriotic scenes, giving broad smiles as she enjoyed the six-minute flypast which involved 70 aircraft, including Apache helicopters, Typhoons and the Red Arrows. Fifteen RAF Typhoons paid a special tribute to the Queen’s reign, flying in the formation of the number 70.

Earlier, the Queen had made a surprise appearance on the balcony earlier to inspect the troops, known as Trooping the Color.

Thursday marks the first of four days of festivities. It featured a military parade with hundreds of Army musicians, 240 horses, a Royal Air Force flyover and a gun salute. 

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