The Duchess and the First Lady: Kate and Jill Biden meet for first time as they visit primary school in Cornwall for talk with education experts during G7 summit
Kate Middleton, 39, went to a Cornish primary school with FLOTUS today on first full day of G7 summit
Kate and Dr Jill met with teachers and children before education round table to discussed shared passions
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After visit, which included feeding the class rabbit, Jill Biden went on to the beach to meet the PM and Carrie
Duchess has joined the Queen, 95, and Camilla, 72, in Cornwall for G7 Summit being hosted by Boris Johnson
Royals including Prince Charles and Prince William out to woo world leaders on Britain's scenic south west
The Duchess of Cambridge teamed up with First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden to visit a school in Hayle, Cornwall on Friday
Their official meeting came ahead of the G7 Leaders reception, which Kate and her husband, Prince William, will attend with the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Community college educator Dr Biden has continued to teach alongside her role as First Lady, while the early years has been a huge focus for the Duchess throughout her royal career.
There was much excitement from pupils at Connor Downs Academy as Kate and Jill arrived at their joint engagement.
The Duchess was also asked about the most recent addition to the royal family by a member of the US media - the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on 4 June.
"I wish her all the very best. I can't wait to meet her," replied Kate. "We haven't met yet. I hope that will be soon."
"The Duchess and Dr. Biden firstly visited the school’s Reception Class to hear how its pupils are supported through a bespoke Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which uses child-led teaching to help its pupils to develop as independent, confident and successful learners.
Her Royal Highness and the First Lady also joined children taking part in a number of classroom activities. Delivering education to children aged 4-11 years old, Connor Downs Academy is a member of the Aspire Academy Trust family which comprises 28 primary schools across Cornwall.
It works to create a caring and challenging environment in which all pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential. The school recognises and values the importance of nurturing positive relationships and actively supports the mental health and wellbeing of both children and staff."
Asked about meeting with the royals, the First Lady replied, "Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen. That’s an exciting part of the visit for us. We’ve looked forward to this for weeks and now it’s finally here. It’s a beautiful beginning." Dr Jill added, "Well, we’re hoping to focus on education."
meet students and teachers
＠ the Connor Downs Academy in Cornwall
talked to children about their reading and writing during the primary school visit
Both Dr Biden and the Duchess were shown how this Cornish school – categorised as a "Trauma Informed School" – places a high priority on childrens’ mental health as well as encouraging positive relationships between children and adults.'
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Dr Biden has been an educator since the 1970s. Such is her passion for teaching, she is now the first wife of a sitting US president to hold a paid position in addition to her duties as First Lady. Jill is known to stay up late in the White House reading assignments from her students. Dr Biden has said, "Teaching isn't just what I do, it's who I am."
They were joined by a number of leading experts in the field. Kate thanked Dr Biden for her interest in the area, and added she hoped she enjoyed the session
＠ the Connor Downs Academy,
Kate and Jill led a roundtable discussion on the importance of focusing on early years and its lifelong outcomes. According to People, Kate told Jill: "I'm committed to this for the long term. I hope that our two countries can keep sharing data knowledge and best practice for years to come."
leading a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector
'Dr. Biden thanked the school for having them and had a special appreciation for "the children - who were so inspiring and so well-behaved," she said with a chuckle. She added, "Early childhood education is so important to lay the foundations of all of our students."
Responding to a question about the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana,
"I wish her the very best. I can’t wait to meet her. We haven’t met her yet, I hope that will be soon."
Asked if they had FaceTimed,
she said: "No I haven’t."
The Duchess of Cambridge was asked about her new niece Lilibet by NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, who was covering the visit for the US pool👇🏻pic.twitter.com/bohKxGhZwk
"It was great to host Dr. Jill Biden and experts from the UK and the United States for a discussion on the importance of early childhood on lifelong outcomes, on the first day of the G7 Summit." In response, the First Lady tweeted "We could have kept going for hours! Thank you for having me today to talk about an issue we both care deeply about, and one that is critical to the future of both our countries."
The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation comprising some of the world's "most influential and open societies and advanced economies", coming together for close-knit discussions on a plethora of issues.
Leaders have gathered since the 1970s, with ministers convening throughout the year. Of course, Covid-19 recovery is top of the agenda; climate change and trade feature prominently, too. This year, the chosen location for the summit is the picturesque Cornish resort of Carbis Bay.
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'The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. Russia joined in 1998, creating the G8, but was excluded in 2014 for its takeover of Crimea.
China has never been a member, despite its large economy and having the world's biggest population. Its relatively low level of wealth per person means it is not seen as an advanced economy in the way the G7 members are. Representatives from the European Union are usually present while India, South Korea and Australia have also been invited this year.'
(L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi
William and Kate attend their first G7 events
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are taking part in their first G7 events today, another milestone in their progression as senior royals.
William and Kate will join the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the G7 leaders reception at the Eden Project this evening.
Afterwards, Prince Charles, joined by his son the duke, will host a reception for the leaders and chief executive officers from some of the world's largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency.
Earlier in the day, Kate and First Lady Jill Biden conducted their joint engagement at a school.
Mrs Biden was asked yesterday about meeting the royal family - with the Bidens due to have tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday. She replied: 'Well, we're hoping to focus, I think, on education.
'Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen. That's an exciting part of the visit for us. We've looked forward to this for weeks and now it's finally here. It's a beautiful beginning.'
The Big Jubilee Lunch will form part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022 and during Friday the monarch, joined by Kate and Camilla, will attend an event in celebration of The Big Lunch, an initiative spearheaded by the Eden Project.
The royal party will meet local Big Lunch volunteers and thank them for their efforts supporting their communities through the challenges of the past year.
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Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Following the Leaders’ reception The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception marking the Big Lunch, which will form part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.
this evening, the Cambridges, the Queen, Charles and Camilla will attend a glamorous reception at the Eden Project. The Queen, Camilla and Kate will also attend an event in celebration of the Big Lunch, an initiative spearheaded by the Eden Project.
The Duke and G7 leaders joined The Prince of Wales for a reception on his Sustainable Markets Initiative, and discussed its work to ensure business works for the environment, not against it.
「Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourself?」
Kate cut an elegant figure in a mid-length cream gown while Camilla opted for a long sleeve black and white dress. The Queen fit the horticultural theme of the venue in a dress patterned with flowers
Camilla, 73, appeared to hold a shawl out to the Queen, 95, and said:
'Here is your shawl.'
The Queen replied,
'you have it',
to which Camilla responded:
'Are you sure?'
Prince Charles tried to put an end to the conversation by saying:
'She doesn't want it.'
G7 leaders attend a reception at the Eden Project
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G7 leaders are seen speaking with the Queen at the Eden Project reception
a planned photocall at the Eden Project
The Queen sent G7 leaders into fits of giggles when she quipped
"Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourself?"
while posing for a photograph
attended an event in celebration of the Big Lunch, an initiative spearheaded by the Eden Project.
Founded in 2009, the Big Lunch is the UK's largest annual get together for neighbours. Held over a weekend in June, the idea was conceived as a simple act of "community, friendship and fun". The Duchess of Cornwall has been patron since 2013
attend an event in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project
The Queen with two future Queen Consorts
the Queen gamely cut a cake with a ceremonial sword as she attended the Big Lunch
When told by an aide that there was a conventional knife available, the monarch replied:
"I know there is, this is more unusual.”
rare joint engagement with Camilla and Kate. Pictured: The three royals are seen during a cake cutting at the event
Big Lunch pulls together communities at events involving food and drink. Pictured: A scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years
look at a scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years during an engagement in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project
meet people from communities across Cornwall at the event
during the summit the Queen attended an event at the Eden Project in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022
at the event. The Big Lunch will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022
smiles as she meets people from communities across Cornwall at the Big Lunch event
The Royals - lead by the Queen - were seen arriving ahead of the G7 banquet at the Eden Project
leaving the Eden Project in Cornwall at 8pm last night after attending the G7 Banquet
President Biden is seen arriving in his motorcade at the Eden Project this evening for the G7 banquet
Along with the President came his elaborate motorcade which wound through the Cornish countryside