Jill Biden recalls Queen Elizabeth pouring tea for her and Joe Biden
First Lady Jill Biden spoke about the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. She and President Biden spent time with the late monarch shortly after her husband Prince Philip died on April 9, 2021. Here’s what Biden shared about the Queen.
What Jill Biden admired about Queen Elizabeth
Biden tells the Today show that she has fond memories of Queen Elizabeth. She appreciated his thoughtfulness. Although she and the president were instructed not to talk about family during their 2021 visit, the first lady said Queen Elizabeth spoke about family during tea.
According to Biden, the Queen spoke about her late husband, Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth was likely aware that the president was a family man, so she chose to focus on a subject they both had in common.
“What I loved about her was that she was really independent,” Biden said during an interview on the Today show. “We went up to his living room and they said, ‘Don’t talk about family.’ So, we went up, and the first thing she starts with is family. So Prince Philip had just recently died, and I think she knows Joe. [Biden]. I think she just wanted to talk about her husband.
Jill Biden says Queen Elizabeth poured tea for her and Joe Biden
Biden says another thing she admired about Queen Elizabeth was the way she cared about others. She appreciated how the Queen went out of her way to make her and the President feel comfortable. The First Lady says she and the President offered to help the Queen pour the tea, but she insisted they relax while she brews tea for them.
“She poured some tea, and Joe and I said, ‘Let us help you. [Queen Elizabeth] said, ‘No, you sit there, and I’ll get the tea.’ And then she had such curiosity. She wanted to know everything about American politics, what was going on. So she put us at ease.
Helen Mirren had ‘a lesson in embarrassment’ during tea with Queen Elizabeth
Actress Helen Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film The Queen, says she was invited for tea with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. In a discussion titled The Business: Helen Mirren and Hawk Koch discuss movie magicMirren talks about a moment during tea that embarrassed her.
Mirren says she tried “desperately to have a polite conversation”, but her words came out as “gibberish”. At one point she wanted to have milk in her tea, but the milk was near Prince Philip. It was a delicate situation because she had forgotten how to address the prince.
“The milk is here on the other side of Prince Philip,” Mirren says. “And I want milk in my tea. But my brain is completely dead. I don’t remember how I’m supposed to address Prince Philip. Is it sir? Is this your majesty? Is this your highness? I can not remember.”
Mirren says she didn’t know what to do. She really wanted milk for her tea, but she was too embarrassed to ask, so she decided not to say anything. “It was a lesson in embarrassment,” she says. “But [Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip] were adorable; they were quite friendly.
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