Queen Elizabeth met every US president since Truman – except one: See her visits with US leaders

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, a major world figure through wars, significant social change, global health crises and more. She met every president of the United States starting with Harry Truman – except for Lyndon B. Johnson. She also met Herbert Hoover, though it was decades after he left office.  

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden released a statement Thursday saying the queen was “more than a monarch. She defined an era.”  

“Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,” the Bidens said in the statement. They recalled they first met Elizabeth in 1982 when they traveled to the United Kingdom as part of a Senate delegation.  

“We were honored that she extended her hospitality to us in June 2021 during our first overseas trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness, and generously shared with us her wisdom,” the Bidens said.  

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Here’s a look at Elizabeth’s meetings and time spent with decades of American presidents.  

The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, is pictured with president Truman of the United States, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Nov. 1, 1951.  She did not become Queen of England until after the death of her father, King George VI,  in February 1952.

The queen, then Princess Elizabeth, met with Truman in 1951 during her first visit to Washington. She would become queen the following year.  

Queen Elizabeth II, shakes hands with President Dwight Eisenhower as he and his wife, Mamie, arrive for a state dinner hosted by the queen at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., in 1957. From left are: British Ambassador Sir Harold Caccia, Prince Philip, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, the Queen, President Eisenhower and Lady Caccia.

The queen greeted Dwight Eisenhower and first lady Mamie Eisenhower at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., in 1957. 

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

In 1961, John F. Kennedy and first lady Jackie Kennedy visited Buckingham Palace and dined with the queen.  

Queen Elizabeth did not meet with Lyndon Johnson while he was in office, according to Johnson's presidential library. However, the queen and Prince Philip visited Johnson's presidential library and museum in 1991. 

In this 1970 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, reacts with U.S. President Richard Nixon, at Chequers,  in Buckinghamshire, England. The 92-year-old monarch has met every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower with the exception of Lyndon Johnson, who never visited Britain while in office.

Richard Nixon first met the queen in 1957, while he was vice president. Nixon also traveled to the United Kingdom as president and was hosted by the queen. 

...and with President Gerald Ford at a state dinner at the White House in 1976.

Gerald Ford and the queen danced during a state dinner in honor of her and Philip in 1976 at the White House.

In this file photo dated May 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, right, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II are photographed with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, at Buckingham Palace in London.

Jimmy Carter dined at Buckingham Palace at a gathering of NATO leaders in 1977. 

President Ronald Reagan listens as he poses for photographers with Queen Elizabeth II at a formal state dinner, March 3, 1983, at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. At left are Prince Philip and first lady Nancy Reagan.

Ronald Reagan and the queen bonded over a love of horseback riding. When Reagan visited Windsor Castle in 1982, they rode together on a tour of the castle's grounds. 

President George H.W. Bush escorts Queen Elizabeth II from the White House to a helicopter en route to Baltimore to watch her first major league baseball game on Wednesday, May 15, 1991 in Washington.

George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush met with the queen in 1989, before the queen visited Washington in 1991. 

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

Former President Bill Clinton said in a statement Thursday that he and Hillary Clinton "will always be grateful for the kindness she showed us through the years, particularly during our visits to Buckingham Palace in 1995 and 2000, and for all she did to deepen the Special Relationship." 

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II arrive on the North Portico of the White House for a formal white-tie state dinner May 7, 2007 in Washington, DC.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands with US President George W. Bush and US First Lady Laura Bush on the North Portico of the White House upon arrival for a State Dinner on May 7, 2006, in Washington, DC, the first white-tie and tails event of the six-year Bush presidency.

Former President George W. Bush said he and Laura Bush "were honored to have known Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a woman of great intellect, charm, and wit." 

"Spending time at Buckingham Palace, and having tea with Her Majesty – and her Corgis – is among our fondest memories of the presidency."

US President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England.
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, pose with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, during an audience at Buckingham Palace in London, Wednesday April 1, 2009.

Former President Barack Obama and the queen met in April 2009 at a reception for leaders attending the Group of 20 nations summit in London. The queen would later invite Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama for a state visit in 2011.  

The Obamas said in a statement Thursday: "Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humor and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance." 

From left, U.S First Lady Melania Trump, U.S President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles prepare to meet veterans at the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common, Portsmouth, England, Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
US President Donald Trump, left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019.

Former President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth met in July 2018 at Windsor Castle. Trump said in a statement Thursday that "Queen Elizabeth’s historic and remarkable reign left a tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity for Great Britain." 

In this June 13, 2021, file photo US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden smile while standing with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II watching a Guard of Honour march past before their meeting at Windsor Castle near London.

As Biden noted in his statement, he met Queen Elizabeth as president in June 2021 during his first overseas trip in office.  

“She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentennial of our independence,” the Bidens said after her death. “And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darkest days after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us that ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’” 

Contributing: David Jackson and Mike Snider, USA TODAY; Associated Press