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Queen Elizabeth II hosts Bidens at Windsor Castle

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LONDON — They met Friday at the Group of Seven summit, but President Joe Biden and the first lady had an altogether more private meeting with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, at her home in Windsor Castle.

The monarch, 95, received the Bidens for tea at her historic residence, about 30 miles west of London. On arrival they were greeted with an official Guard of Honor military parade, which gave a royal salute and played the American national anthem.

Biden stood next to the queen in the sunshine, wearing his aviator sunglasses, before inspecting the troops in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, last seen on television during the somber funeral ceremony of her husband, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.

The queen has stoically continued with her official duties since then and met Biden alongside other world leaders and their spouses on Friday at the G-7 summit, by the seaside in Cornwall, southwest England.

There, she amused leaders when she quipped during a photo-call: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourselves?”

Biden first met the queen in 1982 as a Democratic senator for Delaware but this time he joined her as president. He is the 13th serving president the monarch has met. She has met every serving American president since Dwight Eisenhower — except Lyndon Johnson who did not travel to Britain while in office.

As a 25-year-old princess in 1951, she also stayed with President Harry S. Truman and his family in Washington, D.C.

The queen has hosted four other American presidents at Windsor Castle in recent years, including former-President Donald Trump in 2018, who shocked press and palace pundits when he breached royal protocol by walking ahead of the queen, at times blocking her view and giving her his back.

After a state visit in 2019, Trump told Fox News: “There are those that say they have never seen the queen have a better time.”

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On arrival to England last week, first lady Jill Biden told reporters that meeting the queen was “an exciting part of the visit for us.”

She also undertook a separate engagement with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, when the two visited a school on Friday.

Kate told NBC News during the visit that she was looking forward to meeting her new niece, Lilibet Diana, born in California earlier this month.

Britain’s royal family have had a turbulent year in the public eye following a bombshell interview given by the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

The couple stunned viewers with allegations of royal racism — denied by the palace — while Meghan also spoke publicly about how royal life and media pressure had taken its toll on her mental health.

After taking private afternoon tea with the queen on Sunday, Biden will then travel to nearby Brussels for a NATO summit, before heading to Switzerland on Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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EU's 'really aggressive' stance leads to pivot on City of London finance deal

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THE EUROPEAN Commission’s decision to not argee with an equivalence deal with the UK is ‘clearly political’, a senior Tory MP has said.

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Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees, New York attorney general finds

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees in his office, and violated state and federal laws, according to the findings of an investigation by the state’s attorney general’s office.

The investigation found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women current and former state employees — one of whom is a New York State Trooper. It also found the governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward.

Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

The investigators detailed in graphic terms instances of harassment they say Cuomo perpetuated, including making sexual comments and grabbing women.

Cuomo is accused of “a pattern of inappropriate conduct” with a staff member described as “Executive Assistant #1,” which included kissing her on the lips at least once, grabbing her butt during hugs, asking multiple times about whether she had cheated or would cheat on her husband and once reaching under her blouse and grabbing her breast, according to the report.

He sexually harassed a New York state trooper assigned to his security detail on a number of occasions, the report found.

Cuomo ran “his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip,” as she held a door open, the report states. While she was standing in front of him on an elevator, he ran “his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back, saying ‘hey, you,'” the report states.

In another instance, he is accused of “kissing her (and only her) on the cheek in front of another trooper and asking to kiss her on another occasion, which she deflected.” Other troopers corroborated the accounts.

“Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday at a news conference, adding that his actions violated state and federal laws.

“This investigation has revealed conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government and shines light on injustice that can be present at the highest level of government,” said James.

The attorney general did not announce any charges, saying that the women could pursue civil suits or that local police departments could review their findings.

“We have issued a report and all throughout the process we put our heads down, we’ve done our job. And at this point…we’re going to allow the chips to call where they may,” James said.

Over a half-dozen sexual harassment allegations were leveled at Cuomo this year, and included accusations of unwanted kissing or touching to sexual harassment. The governor has denied touching anyone inappropriately, but has acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that made people feel uncomfortable.

He said that discomfort was unintentional and apologized. He later said that he didn’t think his actions should be considered sexual harassment. Cuomo has said repeatedly that he will not resign, despite calls to do so from the bulk of New York’s congressional delegation and dozens of state legislators.

James’ office began an official investigation into Cuomo in March, right before Anna Ruch, 33, told The New York Times that she felt “uncomfortable and embarrassed” when Cuomo placed his hands on her face and asked to kiss her at a wedding in 2019.

In answering a question on what the public should take away from the report, James replied, “That these 11 women were in a hostile and toxic work environment, and that we should believe women.”

This is a breaking news story, please check back for updates.

Adam Reiss and Allan Smith contributed.



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Brexiteers tear apart 'petty' EU's anti-Brexit plot to slap visa fees on UK travellers

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BRUSSELS is slapping a new £6 visa on British holidaymakers to enter Europe from the end of next year in an act of revenge for Brexit.

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