'Jill from Philly' meets the Queen
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Almost five months into her new job, Jill Biden is still revealing what kind of first lady she wants to be, but one thing is already clear: you can call her "Jill."
Yet Biden has not had withering bouts of nervousness, nor has she scrutinized the choreography of royal protocol, two people familiar with the first lady's thinking in the run-up to the trip tell CNN.
"Put her in a palace with a Queen, or wherever you want, she's 'Jill from Philly,' " says one longtime acquaintance of Biden, when asked if the first lady might maintain her casualness while in the presence of one of the most formally nuanced people in the world.
The first lady and President Joe Biden will meet with the Queen on Sunday at Windsor Castle, according to a statement from the first lady's office.
The people familiar with Biden's schedule in the run-up to the trip indicated the first lady did not obsess over details weeks in advance.
She just does what she feels. " (Conversely, Joe Biden will be the 12th US President the Queen has met during her 69-year reign -- she likely already knows where to stand. )
"I think Dr. Biden is seeking to be far more accessible and relatable than most of her predecessors, with the exception of Michelle Obama who had a similar approach," says historian Kate Andersen Brower, author of "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies," of Biden's first overseas visit as first lady.
The White House official says outside of Biden's primary participation on the trip as "supportive spouse," and her "ceremonial role of first lady, she intends to use her platform abroad as she has been doing at home. "
"This type of foreign trip might have some new trappings, but the ritual is familiar to Jill Biden," says one of the people familiar with her thinking.
A person who works with a notable fashion magazine tells CNN that Biden has been in touch with New York City-based designers about looks for her first foreign trip, but it is likely there will not be the hubbub over what she wears as there was with Trump, for example, who wore a $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to a leader-spouse event at her first G7 in 2017.
One of the people familiar with Biden's mindset says that "caring too much about fashion is not her thing. " This person also says many of the first lady's most expensive items carry personal value and were bestowed as gifts, such as the Valentino tote bag customized with portraits of her two German Shepherds, Champ and Major.