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15 photos that show what members of the royal family wore to meet US presidents

15 photos that show what members of the royal family wore to meet US presidents
  • During her reign, Queen Elizabeth has met every US president except for Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • President Joe Biden will meet with the Queen at Windsor Castle on June 13.
  • Royals often match their outfit colors with visiting presidents and first ladies.

Queen Elizabeth wore a cobalt blue tulle dress when President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy visited Buckingham Palace in 1961.

Queen Elizabeth wore a cobalt blue tulle dress when President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy visited Buckingham Palace in 1961.
Prince Philip, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, and President John F. Kennedy in 1961. SeM/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Their visit was chronicled on the second season of Netflix's "The Crown."

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The Queen greeted President Richard Nixon while wearing a bright pink sleeveless dress in 1969.

The Queen greeted President Richard Nixon while wearing a bright pink sleeveless dress in 1969.
President Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth in 1969. Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images

The two leaders had lunch together at Buckingham Palace.

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When President Jimmy Carter joined other world leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1977, Queen Elizabeth wore a bright yellow gown with Queen Victoria's golden jubilee necklace.

When President Jimmy Carter joined other world leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1977, Queen Elizabeth wore a bright yellow gown with Queen Victoria's golden jubilee necklace.
Queen Elizabeth and President Jimmy Carter in 1977. PA Images via Getty Images

Carter kissed the Queen Mother on the lips, breaking royal protocol.

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Queen Elizabeth and first lady Nancy Reagan both wore powder blue at a state banquet in 1982.

Queen Elizabeth and first lady Nancy Reagan both wore powder blue at a state banquet in 1982.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, President Ronald Reagan, and first lady Nancy Reagan in 1982. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Reagan was the first US president to stay overnight at Windsor Castle. In his memoir, "An American Life," he called the visit a "fairytale trip."

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The Queen wore light blue again when President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush paid a visit in 1989.

The Queen wore light blue again when President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush paid a visit in 1989.
Prince Philip, first lady Barbara Bush, President George Bush, and Queen Elizabeth in 1989. JONATHAN UTZ/AFP via Getty Images

Years later, in 1993, the Queen awarded Bush with an honorary Knight Grand Cross.

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She wore a red skirt suit with black detailing to tea with the Clintons at Buckingham Palace in 2000.

She wore a red skirt suit with black detailing to tea with the Clintons at Buckingham Palace in 2000.
First lady Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth, and Chelsea Clinton in 2000. PAUL RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images

The Clintons ended their three-day tour of the UK by visiting Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

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When George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited Buckingham Palace in 2003, Queen Elizabeth hosted a state dinner in a gold evening gown.

When George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited Buckingham Palace in 2003, Queen Elizabeth hosted a state dinner in a gold evening gown.
President George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth, first lady Laura Bush, and Prince Philip in 2003. TIM SLOAN/AFP via Getty Images

Over 100,000 protesters demonstrated against Bush and the Iraq War during his visit.

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She wore a sparkly purple dress to another dinner with US Ambassador William Farish in London.

She wore a sparkly purple dress to another dinner with US Ambassador William Farish in London.
US Ambassador William Farish, his wife Sarah Farish, President George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and first lady Laura Bush in 2003. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

The dinner was held at Winfield House, the home of the US ambassador to the UK, in 2003.

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When President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama visited Buckingham Palace in 2011, Kate Middleton wore a beige bandage dress from Reiss Shola.

When President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama visited Buckingham Palace in 2011, Kate Middleton wore a beige bandage dress from Reiss Shola.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with Prince William and Kate Middleton in May 2011. Charles Dharapak - WPA Pool/Getty Images

President Obama and Prince William coordinated in dark suits and maroon ties.

The meeting was William and Middleton's first official engagement as a married couple upon returning from their honeymoon in Seychelles.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a long-sleeved white gown for a state dinner in the Obamas' honor.

Queen Elizabeth wore a long-sleeved white gown for a state dinner in the Obamas' honor.
Queen Elizabeth poses with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Prince Philip in May 2011. WPA Pool/Getty Images

Michelle Obama also wore a white gown, a crossed neckline design by American designer Tom Ford.

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In 2016, the royals were more casually dressed as they welcomed the Obamas back to Kensington Palace.

In 2016, the royals were more casually dressed as they welcomed the Obamas back to Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in April 2016. Chris Radburn - WPA Pool/Getty Images

William and Prince Harry coordinated in blue suits and white shirts, while Middleton wore an LK Bennett dress.

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Prince George said a quick hello to the Obamas in his pajamas before bedtime.

Prince George said a quick hello to the Obamas in his pajamas before bedtime.
President Barack Obama visits with Prince George in April 2016. Getty Images/The White House

In his 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner speech, he joked that Prince George's pajamas were "a clear breach of protocol."

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Queen Elizabeth's choice of brooches may have been sending a subtle message when President Donald and first lady Melania Trump visited England in 2018.

Queen Elizabeth's choice of brooches may have been sending a subtle message when President Donald and first lady Melania Trump visited England in 2018.
Queen Elizabeth stands with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump in July 2018. Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

On the first day of the Trumps' visit to the UK in 2018, Queen Elizabeth wore a brooch given to her by Barack and Michelle Obama.

When she actually met with Trump, she wore a brooch that her mother wore to her father's funeral, which some people thought could be a subtle sign of the Queen's opinion of the president.

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Members of the royal family coordinated in white dresses at a state dinner held in the Trumps' honor in 2019.

Members of the royal family coordinated in white dresses at a state dinner held in the Trumps' honor in 2019.
President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall in June 2019. Jeff Gilbert - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Queen's choice of the Burmese Ruby Tiara, which is said to be a "symbol of protection against illness and evil," sparked theories among some Twitter users that she wore it purposely to meet with Trump.

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Middleton also wore white - a ruffled Alexander McQueen gown - to the event at Buckingham Palace.

Middleton also wore white - a ruffled Alexander McQueen gown - to the event at Buckingham Palace.
Kate Middleton and Steven Mnuchin at Buckingham Palace in 2019. Victoria Jones- WPA Pool/Getty Images

Middleton paired the dress with diamond and sapphire earrings that belonged to Queen Elizabeth's mother.

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