Queen Elizabeth sent a ‘private letter’ to Pres. Biden ahead of the inauguration

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In the middle of Joe Biden’s inauguration, I had a fleeting thought about what President Biden’s first visit to Great Britain would look like – as a proud and sentimental Irish-American – and what would happen if he sent Vice President Harris to the UK as well. Like, whenever American presidents or VPs visit the UK, they usually get some kind of photo-op or greeting with Queen Elizabeth II. If you ask me, QEII was a little too eager to play nice with Donald Trump though. The Windsor clan threw a massive hissy fit about the very idea of Duchess Meghan, an American citizen, encouraging people to vote and reject hate. So the idea that the Queen is supposed to be so apolitical just falls flat, especially in recent history. Now it turns out that QEII sent President Biden a “private letter.” Hm. I’m sure that breaks some protocols. Too political! The monarchy cannot be political!

Britain has long enjoyed a close relationship with the United States—and that continued today, as a Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirms to BAZAAR.com that the monarch sent a private letter to President Joe Biden ahead of his January 20 inauguration ceremony.

Although the palace maintains that the contents of the note will remain private, it is sure to be the start of a friendship between the two leaders. The queen has met every U.S. president, except Lyndon B. Johnson, since the beginning of her reign in 1952 and will no doubt invite the president for an official state visit to the United Kingdom in the future.

The Bidens already know one member of the British royal family well. In 2013, Dr. Jill Biden welcomed Prince Harry to a reception for British and American wounded servicemen and women during his visit to the United States. A year later, Harry invited Jill to attend the Invictus Games in London, where she and the Duke of Sussex were regularly seen chatting and laughing together. At the time, Joe—who also hung out with the prince at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto—joked to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, “My wife was with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games.” He remembered reading in the news that “everywhere Prince Harry went, he had this blonde woman on his arm.” He quipped, “The vice-president’s wife! I’m a little worried here, you know what I mean?”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

Yeah, again – Prince Harry already had a warm relationship with Dr. Jill and Joe Biden. They adore him, he adores them. Meghan, a Democrat, was obviously anti-Trump but she never said that explicitly once she joined the royal family. The point is that Meghan and Harry backed the right candidates and they did so smartly. All while the Queen is trying to do some too-little-too-late damage control after she leaned in too hard with fascism. She’s the one who was pro-Brexit and pro-Tory, and she’s the one who was eager to give Trump a big, splashy state dinner. F–k your private letter! (Also, did you know that Biden’s Irish relatives came from Northern Ireland? Also, I don’t think Biden, when he was a senator or VP, ever met with QEII.) Update: Okay, I swear I remember Pres. Biden saying something about how he could trace some of his ancestors to Northern Ireland, but I guess I was hallucinating.

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  1. GuestWho says:

    Did you all catch the photo of Harry at Arlington in the capital yesterday? Twitter was all-a-tweet about it.

  2. mynameispearl says:

    Biden’s Irish relatives are from Ballina in Co Cork, and Carlinford in Co Louth, both Republic of Ireland. Carlingford is right on the border with Co Down (NI) though.

    • Cerceau says:

      Ballina is in Co Mayo. They’re very proud of Joe up there.

      • mynameispearl says:

        Ah shite, I was typing while also on a conference call! 😂 yes he is definitely a Mayo man. Also Carlingford in Louth, he called it ‘heaven on earth’s its v near where I’m from but also in a different county. Definitely ROI though (Louth is close to the border, but not in the 6 counties of NI, or even in the 9 counties of Ulster).

      • mynameispearl says:

        I should add that everyone in Carlingford is thrilled about President Biden. When Barack Obama came to Ireland he was Barry O’Bama, so this is even better 😂

        Theres a chippy in Dublin still called Is Feidir Linn (yes we can in Irish) after Obama’s visit. We love our presidents, apart from Trump lol

      • Cerceau says:

        Happens to us all! I’m from Galway, so have been hearing a lot of bragging about Joe’s connections from our neighbours (and bitter rivals) in Mayo. We will at least have some Galway representation in the cabinet in the form of Marty Walsh!

        I’m hoping we get a visit to Ireland from Joe and Kamala sometime soon. He seems to have a real grá for the country. And of course we need to name a motorway service station after him – to match Barack Obama Plaza :D

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @mynameispearl – What is a “chippy”?

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Yup. Mayo boy. I’m a Mayo girl. Got the Mayo eyes.

      • mynameispearl says:

        @baytampabay a chippy is just a fish &chip shop (or I think they call them chippers in the south). Friday night food lol

  3. Amy Bee says:

    Also let’s not forget that the Queen unusually sent a message to Trump for Independence Day. She did the most to suck up to Trump.

  4. Mina_Esq says:

    Can we just pause to remember how funny it was when Trump walked in front of the Queen when they were inspecting the Guard? Then she had to like try to walk around him…and then he froze once he realized what happened 😂 Anyway, Biden is no fool. He knows what BRF did to Meghan and why they did it. He is also a student of history. He is not one to be impressed by the BRF. So honestly who cares about some little letter the Queen wrote…

    • My Two Cents says:

      He knows and Kamala has publicly supported Meghan on Instagram a few times already! They’re in good company.

      • Nyro says:

        Kamala’s niece is all the way Sussex Squad too. She had a tweet saying Meghan us the only princess we recognize, LOL. Love her!

  5. Becks1 says:

    I definitely think we will see Dr. Biden with Harry at some point in the near-ish future doing something military-related (attending practice session for the US Invictus team maybe?) and probably with Joe Biden as well. It may be a little awkward for the royal family but that’s their problem.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    To be clear, Irish heritage doesn’t mean you’re going to adore the monarchy. For example, I’m half Irish, and I think they’ve treated Ireland horribly.

    • Becks1 says:

      That was what I thought Kaiser was implying – that Joe Biden may put on a good face but you have to wonder what he really thinks of the queen and the british royals.

      • JT says:

        I believe Biden has already put out there that he would honor the Good Friday agreement and the Irish PM was one of the first to congratulate him and Kamala. Taoiseach has already said that Biden will be a true friend of Ireland. I imagine Joe doesn’t give a damn about the monarchy other than for appearance sake.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @JT – He did! Biden also stated that he would not inter into any trade agreement with the UK that adversely affects and/or violates the Good Friday Accord.

      • JT says:

        @bay Biden is not playin with the uk at all. I just read that those around Boris are worried he won’t be able to secure trade deals with the us, which they desperately need. Our “special relationship” across the pond is about to get interesting.

  7. SarahCS says:

    Oh PLEASE send/bring Kamala to meet the BRF. Let those racists stew.

    • Amy Bee says:

      You know the British press will be the most racist, if she did go to the UK.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Nah, they might try to claim her as one of them since her parents were both citizens of former colonies.

      But I do think Kamala will scare the hell out of Boris Johnson. I would pay money to watch her verbally destroy him.

      • 809Matriarch says:

        Yeah. I already had a little exchange on Twitter from some Meghan hater trying to say Kamala would be more accepted than Meghan bc her parents were from India and Jamaica (both Commonwealth countries), I rolled my eyes. As if Kamala’s heritage would have enabled her to get near the level of power she has in the US. We know that a black member of parliament Diane Abbot, I think, gets more hate mail than any other MP. Wonder why?

  8. Cecilia says:

    I hope this “letter” ended up where trump’s letter ends up. The bin!

  9. Cerceau says:

    I don’t think Joe Biden has any Northern Irish ancestry. His ancestors are from Co Mayo and Co Louth, which are both in the Republic of Ireland.

    It will be really interesting to see how the Biden administration interacts with Boris Johnson. Boris made some pretty racist comments about Obama a few years ago, plus he really cosied up to 45. It will be interesting to see if there are any grudges.

    • Sammiches says:

      Yeah, i was coming here to say this. It was my understanding his ancestry is from the Republic of Ireland so I don’t understand why the post would reference Great Britain? GB is England, Scotland, Wales, isn’t it?

  10. Aa says:

    How much of the private letter was coded language about her darling boy Andrew? That was seemed to be what the independence day call with Trump was really about given that she was having to throw her favorite child’s daughter an emergency secret wedding that summer. Now that there is an administration change and Trump’s pardons of corrupt rich people didn’t include anything to bail out her brat.

    • L84Tea says:

      Oh wow, I never even made that connection.

      • JT says:

        That may work with Trump, but it won’t work with Biden. Trump can be bribed and has no honor, like the royals. I seriously doubt that the queen would even attempt to put in a word about Andrew to Joe, she’d be laughed out of the room. Biden is trying to restore this country to basic decency, he wouldn’t entertain the queen’s bullsh*t and she would t even go there with him.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        How do we KNOW that that seditious, orange traitor didn’t issue a POCKET PARDON to Pedo for past crimes? You don’t find out about those pardons UNTIL that person is indicted for that crime.

        Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he gave one to Ghouliani and his crotch-spawn before leaving office.

      • windyriver says:

        Giuliani has other problems that a presidential pardon won’t cover. He and others are being sued for defamation by a Dominion employee. The Dominion company itself, separately from the employee, has sent letters to Giuliani, the MyPillow guy, and others, warning them to preserve all documents, in anticipation of likely lawsuits. Dominion has actually already filed a $1+ billion lawsuit against Sidney Powell. Then there’s the threat of disbarment proceedings.

        Plus, he may still have work to do getting the previous administration to pay his bills for the Angry Fart Tour…

    • Kalana says:

      Maybe Andrew got a secret pardon.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I wonder whether this is just a tradition that the Queen always sends a letter to any new US President? The UK have always seemed more US oriented politically in the modern age. Just a thought.

  11. Cecilia says:

    The queen sending congratulations to country leaders is protocol i read somewhere. That being said, the windsor clan counted on trump to win a second term-that failed. All this ass kissing now makes me nauseous. They are die hard tories. I can’t see Kamala going to buckingham palace tbh. And i hope we get a dr jill biden+ prince harry collab in the near future. People’s heads will explode

    • L4frimaire says:

      It seems the British PM was a bit late in congratulating Biden’s win. As head of state I can see the Biden’s visiting Buckingham palace and the Queen, but not sure about the VP. Did Pence ever go there for state visit? Also, does the British government have a deputy PM or line of succession if something happened to the prime minister? Don’t recall any elected MP being in charge when Johnson was sick with Covid-19. Anyway, there will be no international visits anytime soon with both countries being viral hot zones.

      • Mignionette says:

        Pence did go to the UK for the state visit and he took Mother with him.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        L4frimaire, the PM can appoint a deputy if he likes, but if not, it will go to the senior minister. The PM is simply the one who can command a majority of support of the members, which is why it was easy for Teresa May to get ousted. In the Westminster system you don’t vote in a prime minister, you vote in members of parliament representing their constituencies and then the members choose amongst themselves.

    • Nyro says:

      I hope that Jill does something publicly with Meghan and Harry long before she and Joe ever visit the UK. That’ll clearly show which royals actually relevant and being sought after vs. which royals are just an obligation, protocol.

    • Kelly says:

      VP Harris if she does go to the UK and Buckingham Palace is going to be interesting considering that she’s the daughter of immigrants from countries currently in the Commonwealth (India and Jamaica).

  12. GuestwithCat says:

    I’m here for the tea and cookies when/if the Sussexes are shown at events with the Bidens and reports of Willie’s incandescence inevitably leak out.

    And for goodness sake do they have to go all out to stress it is a “private” letter? Like anyone outside of some historians cares anymore what the Queen is going to say to a new president. Whatever it is, it’s probably a variation on the same damn thing she says to every other new president. She’s all about the tradition and the protocol so it’s probably dry as hell.

    No, inquiring minds want to know what Trump wrote to Biden. THAT is the letter I want to see. I also would have loved to see President Biden’s face as he read it. It probably was “nice” in that he refrained from using insults he wasn’t sure how to spell, but full of self congratulatory pomposity.

    • Hej says:

      Biden said it was generous. Euphemism for long?

      • MissMarierose says:

        Euphemism for “he didn’t write it”

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @MissMarierose – Exactly! Trump DID NOT write that letter. His signature was probably forged by a flunky.

      • sassafras says:

        Biden very cannily did two things with his remark on “Trump’s” letter. First by saying it was “generous” I think he wanted to imply it was a concession, for the people still thinking that Trump was “fighting” or whatever. Second, by saying it was “private” he was sucking more oxygen from Trump and not giving that man any more publicity on BIDEN’s inauguration day.

        No one should listen to Trump or speak his name until he (a) gets arrested or (b) gets convicted by the Senate or (c) gives a full throated, no holds barred, no wink-wink ‘I’ll be back” CONCESSION speech and names Joseph Robinette Biden by name. All his “statements” in the last few weeks are still giving encouragement to conspiracists bent to destroy the Constitution.

      • equality says:

        @sassafras The letters usually are private initially but eventually end up being public after the presidency.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I love the memes going around about the letter that said:

      First one:

      Will you pardon me?
      yes___. no____

      And I one

      (Yes, it was spelled that way on purpose lol)

      Second one, written with a Sharpie on a McDonalds’ placemat (with a coffee “Q” stain on top, ketchup stain on the bottom, french fries laying on it:

      Joe,
      Believe me, there’s no way I lost the election as I got many, many huge votes. People are saying I’m the best president. You are a low energy loser.
      Fraudly Yours,
      (Scribbled Signature in Sharpie)

      😂. 😂. 😂. 😂. 😂. 😂

      • Thanks for the laughs The OG. I also agree with Sassafras re letter. In press conference last night one of reporters asked about letter and Biden Press Sec said she was in office with him when he read it and she thought Biden was generous in his comments……which made me laugh but it seemed to sail right over reporters heads. I definitely believe Trump will only contact Biden for a pardon so Biden shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for that “talk.” I’m glad Biden did not release it as I bet Trump wanted Biden to release the BS he wrote to play to his base. Trump hasn’t called Biden, said his name, extended a visit to WH, or authorized putting him up at Blair House or conceded. He has lied and was complicit in sedition and he’s written a “generous” letter to Biden. Give me a break. Trump has an agenda with that letter and Biden is not playing ball. Trump thinks everyone is like him, but Joe is his complete opposite.

  13. lanne says:

    Imagine how great it would have been to have Meghan attend a state dinner with Biden and Harris. Now, when the inevitable state dinner happens, Meghan and Harry’s absence will be duly noted: “The UK welcomes President Biden and the first POC and woman Vice President after chasing the Royal Family’s ist POC senior member out of the country.”

    Not a great look.

  14. aquarius64 says:

    The queen is doing damage control. They fear Meghan’s treatment by them and the press may hurt US-UK relations. Worse, a Biden Justice Dept. will really come after Andrew.

  15. Merricat says:

    “Dear President Biden, as Queen of the United Kingdom, I welcome you to the global stage. Also, could you perhaps arrange for me to meet my grandson Harry? Thanks ever so, QEII”

  16. Keira says:

    I read the Queen always sends a letter to each new president.

    • My Two Cents says:

      yes, it makes sense. I think they’re only highlighting this because W&K have not been working much, yet again and there is no other royal news.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        There has not been any REAL Royal news for ages only the crap made up by the Daily Fail

      • Becks1 says:

        I feel like I’ve been asking this once a week – but where ARE will and Kate? When was the last time we saw them? the light walk at Sandringham? That was almost a week before christmas, so they’ve been in hiding for a month.

        omg no, I’m wrong. They did a zoom call on January 15 and omg. they’ve changed their zoom background again. It looks more Sussex-like – more plants, more neutral colors. And Kate is wearing a very Meghan-esque blazer and shell.

        (to be clear, the video was posted on January 15, maybe it was from well before that.)

      • Nic919 says:

        We are at January 21 and the most I have seen is that zoom call they posted and William did one on his own as well. This is pathetic. They could at least be doing three to five zoom calls per week.

      • JT says:

        I didn’t even know they did a zoom call. Did anyone report it? I bet it was something they did a while ago and then banked it for later.

      • Me thinks, that’s because Cambridge’s have been on a secret vacation. Maybe they’re on the same island as Robby!

  17. L4frimaire says:

    Interesting how she’s now being private with her little note when she was so public in letting everyone know how she tried to embarrass her grandson Harry about a wreath. I guess it’s supposed to read as a nice gesture but it reads like too little, too late, like she is doing the bare minimum to acknowledge the new administration. So much for the special relationship. I saw on BBC news that the UK was still holding out for some trade deal from Trump right up until the eleventh hour. Their fish will stay rotting on the docks because it didn’t happen and it’s not high on Biden’s agenda right now. Also, there is a photo yesterday of President Biden talking to Bill Clinton, and in the background is a large photo of Prince Harry laying a wreath at Arlington from 2013. Thought that was interesting little photo.

  18. Harla says:

    According to the ANL now that the palace has confirmed the existence of this letter that must mean that the queen wants it to be seen by the public. No more “private” correspondence for the royals.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      Good point @Harla – but it’s probably a bland note on fancy paper. But, in reading comments, I also think she’ll try to secure a pardon for the pedo.

  19. aquarius64 says:

    The royals have egg on their faces for hosting Trump and his spawn at a state dinner. Meghan looks omniscient now for being a no show and slamming Trump. Trump probably used the trade deal to get the flashy visit

  20. yinyang says:

    Oh hellllll no. I hope this president sets these groveling royals pandering to anyone in high power straight.