Charles’ history with U.S. presidents: He’s met 10 of the last 14

Spend time with Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia at the White House “Supper Dance.” Exchange stories about horseback riding with Ronald Reagan. Bend Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s ears on climate change.

Charles III, who became head of state after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, has known 10 of the 14 US presidents since he was born in 1948.

He was just 10 years old when he stepped down as the first president in 1959. That’s when Dwight Eisenhower visited the Queen and her family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

“I don’t think it’s too early,” said Barbara A. Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He pointed out that he was still a toddler when Kensington Palace released a photo of him shaking hands with Barack Obama at the event.

Charles never met Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson or John F. Kennedy, Perry said.

His encounters with the President of the United States included a “funny” weekend visit to the Nixon White House with his sister Anne in 1970. Proceeding to set him up.

“That was when they were trying to marry me to Tricia Nixon,” he later recalled.

The King chats with presidents when he visits the United States and meets other presidents when he travels to Britain. He was with Donald Trump, Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush when he represented the British royal family at the state funeral of former President George HW Bush in Washington in 2018.

Charles met with President Joe Biden at the climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland last year.

The royal family has visited the United States about 20 times since the memorable first visit during the Nixon era, he told CNN last year.

The royal brothers were visited by Nixon’s daughter and son-in-law, Tricia Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and her husband, President Eisenhower’s grandson, David Eisenhower, for a three-day visit in July 1970. was invited to Washington on

Young VIPs enjoy frolicking at the Presidential Hideout at Camp David, nighttime tours of Washington’s monuments, museum visits, lunch cruises down the Potomac to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia mansion, dancing at the South Lawn, and more. , the schedule was jam-packed. 700 guests and a Washington Senators baseball game.

Charles and Nixon also met in the Oval Office. But if the president had made up his mind to unite between his family and the royal family, it wasn’t meant to be.

In June 1971, less than a year after Charles’ visit, Tricia married her longtime mistress Edward Cox in the White House Rose Garden. Ten years later, in July 1981, Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. They divorced in 1996.

According to a January 1970 memo Nixon sent to National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, Nixon himself urged Charles to visit the United States for public relations benefits.

Nixon said, “I think this could be of great benefit to British-American relations. It gives a strong impression.”

Charles returned the praise with a letter of appreciation.

“I was almost overwhelmed by the kindness shown to us at the White House, for which we are very grateful,” the prince wrote to Nixon. and your family for the wonderful hospitality you showed us. ”

Much of the conversation between the former Prince of Wales and the recent US president centered on his interest in tackling climate change. During his fifty years, Charles had been an environmentalist, but after becoming king he admitted that his new role required him to put aside his activism on that and other issues.

Charles, 73, and Biden, 79, attended a summit in Glasgow, Scotland last year to discuss global cooperation on the climate crisis. They also met at Buckingham Palace in June 2021 at a reception hosted by the Queen prior to the World Summit in Cornwall.

Biden rejoined the 2015 Paris Climate Accord after Trump as president withdrew the US from the deal.

Biden and the King spoke Wednesday, with Biden offering his condolences to the Queen.

During a visit with Prince Charles, Trump said the former prince “did most of the talk” during a scheduled 15-minute meeting in 2019 at Prince Charles’s residence in London on climate change. put pressure on him.

During a three-day trip to Washington in 2011, Charles, an advocate for sustainable agriculture, met with President Obama. In his speech, he praised Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity and hunger and the efforts of US manufacturers to produce healthier foods.

He criticized U.S. government subsidies for large-scale agriculture and encouraged increased corporate and government support for organic, environmentally friendly food production.

In a toast at the 2005 White House banquet, the future king said to President George W. Bush, “The most important problem facing our planet, and the lives of our grandchildren. “The world looks to the United States to lead on the most important issues facing us.” .

“Really, the burden of the world rests on your shoulders,” he said.

In his remarks, Charles also said the trip reminded him of his first visit to America, “when the media were busy trying to get me married to Tricia Nixon.”

The two, who visited Reagan in the Oval Office in 1981, discussed their interest in horseback riding when the stewards brought them tea. But it was not served in the British way.

Of that experience, Reagan later wrote in his diary:

“The usher brought him tea – to our horror they served it our way with a tea bag in the cup. I finally realized I put it on top, and I didn’t know what to do,” Reagan confessed.


Rhonda Shafner, an AP News researcher in New York, contributed to this report. Charles’ history with U.S. presidents: He’s met 10 of the last 14

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