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

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Queen Elizabeth II, pictured on a visit to Hull last month.

  • President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II on their visit to the UK.
  • Since 1951, the Queen has met with 11 US presidents and helped facilitate diplomatic relations.
  • Here’s what the queen’s relationships and meetings with US presidents have been like.
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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.

The Bidens will attend a reception and dinner 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.

Then, the Bidens are scheduled to visit the Queen again at Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13.

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 “special” diplomatic relationship.

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.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump last visited with the royals from June 3-5, 2019 on a special state visit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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.

Here’s what the Queen’s relationships and meetings with US presidents have been like, from Harry Truman to Donald Trump.

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.

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Princess Elizabeth and President Harry Truman sit for this picture in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, on Nov. 1, 1951 during formal dinner for the Trumans. The Princess and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, played host to the Trumans. This was one of the high spots of the royal couple’s Washington visit which followed their Canadian tour.

Sources: Vogue, UC Santa Barbara Presidency Project

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.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II walks with U.S. President Eisenhower past the Guard of Honour at Washington National Airport, Oct. 17, 1957. The Commander of the Honour Guard Lt. Colonel Robert Phelps marches beside the Queen.

Source: BBC America

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.

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Queen Elizabeth II poses with President John Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Prince Philip, June 5, 1961, at Buckingham Palace in London. The Kennedys were guests of the Queen at dinner.

Source: Washington Post

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.

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Queen Elizabeth II and President John Kennedy pose at Buckingham Palace in London, June 5, 1961.

Source: Washington Post

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 queen’s eldest son.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, pictured with U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, and Britain’s Prime Minister Edward Heath at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, in 1970.

Source: BBC America

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.

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President Ford and first lady Betty Ford pose with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip outside the North Portico of the White House in Washington on July 7, 1976. The Fords are hosting a state dinner for the Queen of England in the Executive Mansion.

Source: Ford Presidential Library

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.

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President Ford dances with England’s Queen Elizabeth during a visit by the Queen to the United States.

Kate Andersen Brower, the author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies,” told CNN 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.

The queen reassured the first lady about the run-in, saying: “Don’t worry, Betty, I have one of those at home, too.”

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.

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French President Giscard d’Estaing, left, chats with Queen Elizabeth II, and President Jimmy Carter escorts the Queen Mother to pose for photographers prior to the State Dinner, May 7, 1977, at Buckingham Palace

Source: BBC America

Queen Elizabeth developed a close relationship with President Ronald Reagan, with whom she shared a love of horseback riding.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan, on Centennial, and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, on Burmese, go horseback riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle, England.

Source: BBC America

The queen was reportedly very friendly with both Nancy and Ronald Reagan, whose family ranch she visited in 1983.

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President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan welcome Queen Elizabeth II to their ranch at Rancho Del Cielo, California, March 1 1983.

Brower told CNN the first lady wrote about the queen in her memoir and the two “had a good relationship.”

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. 

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.

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.”

In 1989, the queen granted Reagan honorary knighthood – the highest distinction the United Kingdom awards foreigners – in recognition of Reagan’s assistance to the UK in the Falkland Wars.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, pose with the insignia of the honour ary Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, which the Queen conferred on Reagan, after a lunch in Buckingham Palace, London,

Source: Associated Press

George H.W. 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.

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President George H. Bush escorts Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on the field at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, May 15, 1991 in Baltimore, before the Orioles played the Oakland A’s.

Source: Politico

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.

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President and Mrs. Bush pose with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, far left, Thursday, June 1, 1989 in London at Buckingham palace where the queen hosted a lunch for the first family.

Source: Town & Country, Marie Claire

“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.

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In this Saturday, June 4, 1994 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth smiles, as she sits alongside President Bill Clinton at a dinner in the Guildhall in Portsmouth, England, commemorating the 50th anniversary of D-Day.

Source: BBC America

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.

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President Bush toasts with Queen Elizabeth II, left, during a State Dinner at the White House on Monday, May 7, 2007 in Washington

Source: The Guardian

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.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and U.S. President Barack Obama during a state banquet in Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday May 24, 2011.

Source: BBC America

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.

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Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the reception at Buckingham Palace in London Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Sources: BBC America, Harper’s Bazaar

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.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, background and US President of the United States Donald Trump walk from the Quadrangle after inspecting the Guard of Honour, during the president’s visit to Windsor Castle,

Sources: USA Today, The New York Times

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.

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US President Donald Trump; Queen Elizabeth II.

Source: Town & Country Magazine

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.

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Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, and President Donald Trump in June 2018.

Source: Business Insider

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.

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Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and US First Lady Jill Biden, carrying carrots for the school rabbit, Storm, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall, during the G7 summit in England, Friday, June 11, 2021.

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.

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This gold-plated Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II is selling on eBay, with a $300,000 asking price

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The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II

  • A 24-Karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth is selling on eBay.
  • The Queen never played the console, which was made by a video-game publisher as a publicity stunt.
  • Seller Donny Fillerup says experts have valued it at $1 million, but he has set an asking price of $300,000.
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A gold-plated Nintendo Wii games console custom-made for Queen Elizabeth II has gone on sale on eBay for a $300,000 asking price.

THQ, a video game publisher that collapsed in 2013, made the 24-Karat gold-plated console in 2009 and sent it to the Queen as a marketing stunt, the seller, Donny Fillerup, told CNN.

But the Queen’s staff rejected the gift and sent it back, Fillerup said.

THQ folded in 2013 and a private buyer acquired their stock, which included the special-edition Wii.

The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II
The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II

Fillerup, who collects consoles, bought the special-edition Wii in 2017. He would not reveal how much he paid when asked by CNN.

He said the console was valued at $1 million by experts, but that he was happy with a lower price. Fillerup hopes to buy an apartment with the money from the sale.

“I want to be reasonable with buying a place for myself, and $300,000 (€250,000) is the price that I came up with. I don’t NEED more,” Fillerup said in an interview on his site Console Variations.

“Also, this gives more people the opportunity to buy it.”

Fillerup said in the eBay listing that the console was in working condition.

He told Insider he would provide authentication to any buyer – including the console’s serial number, documentation from a previous owner, and signatures from experts – before they complete the purchase.

“I hope the system goes to a good home. Hopefully a museum, or someone who will take care of it as much as I did,” Fillerup said in the interview with CNN.

The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II
The 24-Karat gold Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II

Chris Bratt, a video-game journalist and YouTuber, tracked down the console as part of his People Make Games series, in 2019, and found it in the hands of Fillerup.

Fillerup said the console would be the subject of a documentary to be released later this year.

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A British TV network is facing criticism for airing a deepfake version of the Queen’s Christmas speech, where she mocks Harry and Meghan for moving to Canada

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Channel 4’s deepfake depiction of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Channel 4, a British television channel, has sparked controversy with a deepfake video portraying an alternative festive broadcast set to be broadcast on Friday.
  • The video depicts the Queen discussing controversial Royal Family stories, including Prince Andrew’s connections to Jeffrey Epstein, and the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the family.
  • Channel 4 said it intends the video to provide a “stark warning” about deepfake technology and fake news.
  • Critics, however, say that the video makes it seem as though deepfakes are more widespread than they actually are.
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British broadcaster Channel 4 has sparked controversy with a deepfake video portraying an alternative festive broadcast set to be broadcast on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II releases a yearly video address to the nation at 3pm on Christmas Day, reflecting on the highs and lows of the previous year. The message usually focuses on a single topic, and in 2020 it will likely focus on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the UK.

Channel 4’s alternative, however, will be a little different.

The five-minute video shows a digitally altered version of the Queen, voiced by actor Debra Stephensen, discussing several of the Royal Family’s most controversial moment this year, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from royal duties, and the Duke of York’s relationship with disgraced financier and alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, The Guardian reported.

In a short clip of the video published by the BBC shows the fake Queen joking that: “There are few things more hurtful than someone telling you they prefer the company of Canadians,” in reference to Harry and Meghan’s move to Canada.


The video was orginally intended to give a “stark warning” about deepfake technology and fake news.

Ian Katz, Channel 4’s director of programmes, told the Guardian that it was a “powerful reminder that we can no longer trust our own eyes.”

However, the project has somewhat backfired, with experts remarking that the video suggests that deepfake technology is more common than it actually is.

“We haven’t seen deepfakes used widely yet, except to attack women,” Sam Gregory, the programme director of Witness, an organization using video and technology to protect human rights, told the Guardian.

“We should be really careful about making people think that they can’t believe what they see. If you’ve not seen them before, this could make you believe that deep fakes are a more widespread problem than they are,” he added.

Deepfake technology has become an increasing issue, especially targeting women with non-consensual deepfake pornography.

A chilling investigation into a bot service that generates fake nudes has highlighted that the most urgent danger internet “deepfakes” pose isn’t disinformation – it’s revenge porn.

Deepfake-monitoring firm Sensity, previously Deeptrace, on Tuesday revealed it had discovered a huge operation disseminating AI-generated nude images of women and, in some cases, underage girls.

The service was operating primarily on the encrypted messaging app Telegram using an AI-powered bot.

Deepfakes expert Henry Ajder told the Guardian: “I think in this case the video is not sufficiently realistic to be a concern, but adding disclaimers before a deepfake video is shown, or adding a watermark so it can’t be cropped and edited, can help to deliver them responsibly.

“As a society, we need to figure out what uses for deepfakes we deem acceptable, and how we can navigate a future where synthetic media is an increasingly big part of our lives.

“Channel 4 should be encouraging best practice.”

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