President Biden is due to meet Queen Elizabeth. Here’s why he probably won’t kiss the ring
As part of his first trip abroad as Commander-in-Chief, President Joe Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth II.
But will Jean Finnegan Biden’s son “embrace the ring” of the longest-reigning British monarch in the world?
If history proves anything, probably not.
Decades ago, Biden first met the Queen as a young U.S. Senator. As he left for the airport, he recalls in a 2013 speech, his mother called him.
“‘Joey, be polite, but don’t kiss her ring,” “Biden said, laughing into the audience. “Swear to God.”
“I had the great honor to present my mother to Pope John Paul”, he then added. “My mom said, ‘Joey, don’t kiss her ring.'”
This weekend, Biden will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, the first time he will do so as president. This is part of his visit to Europe to attend the Group of Seven leaders summit.
The Queen, who has been on the throne for almost 70 years, has met all of the US Presidents except Lyndon Johnson during her reign.
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But the real kiss from the Queen’s hands might not be a thing anymore. The 2006 film “The Queen” portrayed a moment of new Prime Minister Tony Blair, played by Michael Sheen, physically kneeling down to kiss the Queen’s hand, which was played by Helen Mirren.
After the film was released, a Buckingham Palace official told The New York Times that when the Queen meets the new British Prime Minister, there are “no knees or kisses of the hands – it is not something that has happened in modern politics “.
It’s rare for Biden to give a speech without mentioning his mother – a tough and proud Irishwoman. When Biden struggled with a debilitating stutter as a child, his mother made him look her in the eye.
“‘Joey, remember, you are a Biden. You are all equal, no man is better than you,” he said in that 2013 speech during the Irish Hall of Fame induction. American.
“It’s like we’re talking about a dynasty. But it was real. It was real.
“There is something about us Irish about the way we see ourselves,” he said at the time. “And how we were seen by others. ”
“There was this thing. This thing. This thing about never bending over. “
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