Biden’s favourite joke! President tells King Felipe of Spain they both married ‘above their station’


Biden’s favourite joke! President tells King Felipe of Spain they both married ‘above their station’ – after making the same gag to Boris about Carrie at last year’s G7

  • President Joe Biden reused his favourite ice-breaker as he greeted King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain
  • The President turned to Felipe, 54, and joked: ‘We both married way above our station’
  • Mr Biden used the same joke when greeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie at last year’s G7 

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President Joe Biden was caught reusing his favourite ice-breaker as he greeted King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain yesterday – a year after trying out the same line on Boris Johnson

The President, 79, turned to Felipe, 54, and joked: ‘We both married way above our station’, as he and wife Jill were received by the royal couple in the throne room of Madrid’s Royal Palace. 

It is the same joke he used when greeting Mr Johnson, 58, and his wife Carrie, 34, at the G7 summit in Cornwall last summer. 

The President, 79, turned to Felipe, 54, and joked: 'We both married way above our station', as he and wife Jill were received by the royal couple in the throne room of Madrid's Royal Palace

The President, 79, turned to Felipe, 54, and joked: ‘We both married way above our station’, as he and wife Jill were received by the royal couple in the throne room of Madrid’s Royal Palace

Needs some new material! It is the same joke he used when greeting Mr Johnson, 58, and his wife Carrie, 34, at the G7 summit in Cornwall last summer

Needs some new material! It is the same joke he used when greeting Mr Johnson, 58, and his wife Carrie, 34, at the G7 summit in Cornwall last summer

The Bidens were given a warm welcome as they arrived at the Royal Palace. 

The First Lady, who was wearing a white suit, made a joke about not wanting to clash with stylish Letizia, who had sported a similar ensemble for their engagement earlier in the day. 

She told the president: ‘She had on a white suit today. I said “Oh no, are you wearing that tonight?”‘

The Spanish royals hosted NATO leaders at their home for a formal dinner to kick off the NATO alliance. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among the guests.

The leaders had to climb a long granite staircase to reach the reception. The Bidens held hands as they walked up the stairs. 

Queen Letizia, President Joe Biden, King Felipe, and first lady Jill Biden pose for a formal photo ahead of dinner at the royal palace to kick off the NATO summit

Queen Letizia, President Joe Biden, King Felipe, and first lady Jill Biden pose for a formal photo ahead of dinner at the royal palace to kick off the NATO summit

Queen Letizia told President Joe Biden how she had met two of his granddaughters earlier that day

Queen Letizia told President Joe Biden how she had met two of his granddaughters earlier that day

President Biden jokes with the King of Spain ahead of the official family photo

President Biden jokes with the King of Spain ahead of the official family photo

King Felipe VI and Queen  Letizia pose with President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders ahead of a formal dinner at the royal palace

King Felipe VI and Queen  Letizia pose with President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders ahead of a formal dinner at the royal palace

Biden leans in to speak to Queen Letizia of Spain before the royal gala in Madrid hosted by King Felipe

Biden leans in to speak to Queen Letizia of Spain before the royal gala in Madrid hosted by King Felipe 

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The dinner took place at one long table in the ornate dining room, which has massive chandeliers hanging from the painted ceiling. Tapestries hang on the walls.

Biden sat next to King Felipe. Jill Biden sat next to French President Macron. 

Biden was jovial during the event, joking with the king and repeatedly patting his arm. 

The leaders also posed for a large family photo with the king and queen in a grandball room where Biden talked with Queen Letizia afterward.

To start the evening, King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed each of the leaders to the palace and posed for a photo with them. 

French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of Spain's Queen Letizia while his wife Brigitte Macron speaks with Spain's King Felipe

French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of Spain’s Queen Letizia while his wife Brigitte Macron speaks with Spain’s King Felipe

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia during a reception at the Royal Palace

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia during a reception at the Royal Palace

Queen Letizia and King Felipe pose with the Bidens in the throne room at the palace

Queen Letizia and King Felipe pose with the Bidens in the throne room at the palace

After they posed with the Bidens, President Biden joked to Letizia: ‘You only have to stand for two more hours. God love ya.’

She laughed and told him how she had met his granddaughters Maisy and Finnegan earlier that day.

Jill Biden had introduced the girls to Letizia during their visit to a Ukrainian refugee center.

The Queen gave warms hugs to Maisy and Finnegan Biden and chatted with them ahead of the event.

Jill Biden, 71, and Queen Letizia, 49, visited several Ukrainian refugee families on Tuesday afternoon who were taken in by Spain.

The two women sat down with the families to hear their stories and hugged many of the children.  They posed for a selfie with a little boy. Maisy and Finnegan – who are the daughters of Hunter Biden and his first wife Kathleen – joined them for the day.

The first lady and the Queen also met with Chef Jose Andres and volunteers at his World Center Kitchen. Andres team has worked in the Ukraine to help humanitarian efforts and are aiding in feeding refugees around Europe.

Andres took a selfie with Jill, Letizia and some of his volunteers. He then showed the two women around his operation.

President Biden with a member of the Spanish Royal Guard at the reception

President Biden with a member of the Spanish Royal Guard at the reception

President Biden, meanwhile, had a bilateral meeting at the palace with King Felipe, who ascended to the throne in June 2014 after the abdication of his father.

Biden, who arrived in Madrid Tuesday afternoon, thanked the king for taking in migrants from the U.S. southern border.

The president noted many children in the United States these days are native Spanish speakers and that the future of America ‘depends considerably’ on the assimilation of that population.

‘You know, I tell people that the idea we’ve always had great migration flows into the United States over the years – we’re a nation of immigrants. But this is a statistic that – I think it’s 24 out of every 100 students in grades one through 12 in America speaks Spanish, speak Spanish as an original language,’ Biden said during a meeting with the king at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

‘So the future of my country depends considerably, an assimilation of a population that has grown to have the same values that you possess,’ he said. 

The Hispanic population in the United States is the largest growing population.

It reached 62.1 million in 2020, an increase of 23% over the previous decade that outpaced the nation’s 7% overall population growth, Pew Research Center found. 

Biden also thanked the King for his help with migrants crossing the United States’ southern border.

‘Your help in Latin America is also extremely important,’ he said. 

‘The help and support and the input has been extremely valuable,’ he noted. 

Spain has committed to taking a significant number of Central American refugees coming illegally into the U.S. The largest group of migrants coming over the southern border are from centeral American countries, which are Spanish speaking.

Jill Biden leaves Spain on Wednesday and President Biden leaves on Thursday after the NATO summit concludes.  

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