Jill Biden touts great work of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games when she meets with British veterans
- Jill Biden touted the great work of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games when she met with British veterans as part of her Joining Forces Initiative
- She also had kind words for Walking with the Wounded, another veterans group championed by the Duke of Sussex
- ‘I’ve done a lot with the Invictus Games and Walking with the Wounded,’ she said. ‘There’s so many connections’
- The Bidens are close friends with Harry and attended his Invictus Games
- Royal family is courting American first family – Queen smiled broadly at them at G7 leader reception, Kate did an event with Jill
- Additionally, the Bidens will have tea with the Queen Sunday at Windsor Castle
Jill Biden on Saturday touted the great work of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games when she met with British veterans as part of her Joining Forces Initiative.
She had kind words for the games Prince Harry established for disabled veterans and for Walking with the Wounded, another veterans group championed by the Duke of Sussex. The first lady is meeting with members of that organization on Sunday after she and President Joe Biden have tea with The Queen.
‘I’ve done a lot with the Invictus Games and Walking with the Wounded. Joe and I met with them. So there’s so many connections and that’s why it was important to hear their stories and and hear how they’ve triumphed,’ she said of her interest in veterans’ matters.
Jill Biden is also the daughter of a World War II veteran and her late son Beau served in the Delaware Army National Guard. When she became first lady, she restarted Joining Forces, the group for military families she originally began with Michelle Obama.
Jill Biden touted the great work of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games when she met with British veterans
Jill Biden met with members of Bude Surf Veterans, a Cornwall-based volunteer organization that provides social support and surfing excursions for veterans
Jill Biden told the group she surfs and owns her own surfboard: ‘It was white with a big butterfly,’ she said
Harry remains major news in Britain after the birth of his daughter, Lilibet Diana, with his American-born wife, Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pushing back against reports they did not receive permission from The Queen to use her childhood nickname for their daughter.
Jill Biden is friends with Harry as is President Biden. Both Bidens have attended his Invictus Games and Jill Biden has supported veterans groups along with the Duke of Sussex.
Biden served as patron of Walk of America, a 2018 expedition led by Walking with the Wounded, a group Prince Harry was patron of. Harry walked with six veterans – three Americans and three British – during one of their UK legs.
On Saturday, the first lady met with members of Bude Surf Veterans, a Cornwall-based volunteer organization that provides social support and surfing excursions for veterans, first responders and their families.
Members of the group were wearing light blue, collared shirts that said: ‘Surf. Grow. Heal. Bude Surf Veterans.’ One member told her their work is ‘life saving.’
Biden said ‘the water is so calming.’
And she told the group she surfs and owns her own surfboard.
‘It was white with a big butterfly,’ Biden said.
President Joe Biden and Jill Biden are friends with Prince Harry; they attended the Invictus Games with him in 2017
During her time in the UK, Jill Biden will meet with two veterans groups with ties to Harry
Jill Biden also met with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at an early childhood education event
The Bidens got plenty of royal time, joining The Queen on Friday at a reception for G7 leaders
Jill Biden will meet with veterans who participated in the Walking for the Wounded; a 2018 expedition led by the group that Prince Harry was patron of; Harry joined the veterans for part of their walk
On Sunday, after she and the president meet with The Queen at Windsor castle, Jill Biden will meet with the UK veterans who participated in Walking with the Wounded, in which three veterans from the United States and three veterans from the United Kingdom, walked 1,000 miles across the United States to share the stories of wounded, ill, or injured service members.
The Bidens are getting plenty of royal time during their five-day trip to the UK as the the British based royals look to seal their own ties to the American first family.
On Friday night, the Bidens attended a G7 reception hosted by The Queen, who smiled broadly when she greeted them.
And Jill Biden spent time with the Duchess of Cambridge on Friday morning learning about early childhood education.
‘It’s a huge honor to have you in the United Kingdom,’ Duchess Kate said, thanking Dr. Biden for her interest in the issue, a major part of the Duchess’ platform. ‘I’m very much looking forward to the conversation.’