Queen Elizabeth sent a personal message and congratulations to the new US President Joe Biden on Wednesday before his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. Buckingham Palace confirmed that on Thursday.
Biden is the 14th American president with whom Elizabeth had to deal since her ascension to the throne in February 1952. The Queen will probably meet him in June, when Biden will attend, as expected, the G7 summit to be held in Carbis Bay in Cornwall.
Of the last 14 US presidents, Queen Elizabeth alone has not met Lyndon B. Johnson personally. The first American head of state from her long reign, Harry S. Truman, she met in Washington in 1951, a year before she came to the throne. She was a princess at the time, but when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, Truman was still president. Truman lost the election in 1952 and was succeeded by Dwight D. Eisenhower.