Joe Biden Once Said 'God Save the Queen' in Congress

President Joe Biden is set to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13 in what will their first meeting since he was elected in November, Buckingham Palace announced today.

Biden will meet the 95-year-old monarch during his trip to the U.K. for a G7 summit, which will be held in Cornwall from June 11 to 13. It is not an official state visit.

News of the meeting between Biden and the Queen may draw renewed attention to a moment in 2017 when then Vice President Biden said "God Save the Queen" in the U.S. Congress.

As part of his official duties as vice president, Biden presided over the ratification of Electoral College votes on Friday, January 6, 2017.

In what is usually a ceremonial process to finalize the results of the presidential election, Biden acted as chair.

When the business of the day was concluded and former President Donald Trump's win was confirmed, Biden spoke to close the session.

"The purpose of this Joint Session having been concluded pursuant to the Senate concurrent resolution two of the 115th Congress, the chair declares the Joint Session dissolved," Biden said.

Just after this remark he was picked up on the microphone saying "God Save the Queen." A video of the moment on YouTube has been watched more than 700,000 times.

It wasn't entirely clear what Biden meant by the remark and he hasn't since clarified its meaning, but some took it as an indication of his frustration with the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Trump had defeated Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College, though Clinton won the popular vote.

"God Save the Queen" is the U.K. national anthem and also an expression wishing good health to the monarch who will welcome Biden later this month.

A statement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday said: "The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 13th June 2021."

Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in U.K. history. Her husband, the 99-year-old Prince Philip, died on April 9. His funeral took place at Windsor, where Biden will meet the Queen. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also took place there.

Former President Donald Trump met Elizabeth II during a state visit in June, 2019, while former President Barack Obama first met her in 2009. The Queen has met every president since Harry Truman with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.

Following the G7 gathering, Biden will fly to Brussels, Belgium, for a NATO summit the next day. The president will then travel to Switzerland for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16.

Newsweek has asked the White House for comment.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2021. Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II on June 13. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images