President Biden called Queen Elizabeth “extremely gracious” and said she reminded him of his mother after a meeting at Windsor Castle on Sunday.

“She reminded me of my mother in terms of the look of her and just the generosity,” he said, adding that he didn’t think “she would be insulted” by the comparison.

The two traded stories of living in Windsor Castle and the White House and dealing with visits from the public, and they enjoyed tea with the first lady, Dr. Jill Biden.

Mr. Biden said the queen asked about China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Mr. Biden is meeting with Mr. Putin on Wednesday and wrapped up the Group of 7 meeting on Sunday by cautioning against the growing influence of China.

Before tea, Mr. Biden and the queen inspected an honor guard of grenadiers in the castle’s sun-splashed quadrangle. The queen has sought refuge at Windsor since abandoning Buckingham Palace early last year as the coronavirus pandemic was bearing down on Britain.

It was Mr. Biden’s last meeting before he left for Brussels, the next stop in his European tour. And it was a gentle coda to a visit that featured an ice-breaking meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose pro-Brexit government was once seen as more ideologically in sync with Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Johnson praised Mr. Biden as a “breath of fresh air” and said he and the president were “completely on the same page” on issues like climate change and education for women and girls.

Still, on every presidential visit to Britain, it is the meeting with the queen that most symbolizes what diplomats on both sides still reflexively call the two nations’ “special relationship” — a term Mr. Johnson recently said he did not care for because it made Britain sound needy.

It was the second visit this weekend for the Bidens and the queen. On Friday, in the Cornwall area of Britain, the queen joked with the Group of 7 leaders during a summit photo and cut a cake with a sword.

Mr. Biden had met the queen before this weekend but not since 1982, when he was a senator on a trip sponsored by the British-American Parliamentary Group, which promotes relations between Parliament and Congress.

After nearly seven decades on the throne, the queen has met every American president since Harry S. Truman, except for Lyndon B. Johnson.

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