Inside the glamorous G7 banquet where royals and world leaders will gather tonight at the Eden Project

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The Queen and Prince Philip with Tim Smit, Chief Executive of the Eden Project and Sir Ronnie Hampel as they visit the Eden Project, 2006

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As the G7 Summit in Cornwall really hits its stride on the eve of the opening day, the final event will mark the first major engagement involving all senior members of the Royal Family since the pandemic struck. Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will gather at the Eden Project. An evening of firsts, it will also be US President Joe Biden’s first meeting with any royal since taking office five months ago – and, most importantly, his inaugural meeting with the Queen.

The Eden Project reception is being hosted by Prince Charles and its aim is to discuss the climate crisis and biodiversity loss the world is currently faced with. The Eden Project, as the home of one of the largest rainforests in captivity, is an apt location with its giant bio-domes. The combined presence of all senior members of the Royal Family at such a major event will be designed to send a powerful message to G7 leaders. And undoubtedly the Prince of Wales will hope to find a climate change ally in Biden – who has previously said he plans to make the issue a top priority of his presidency.

The Eden Project

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When the royals depart, the G7 leaders will sit down for a banquet prepared by local chef Emily Scott of the Watergate Bay Hotel. The menu will include a refreshing starter of spiced melon, gazpacho, coconut and high note herbs followed by a main of turbot roasted on the bone with miso beurre blanc, new potatoes from Cornwall and garlic pesto. English strawberry pavlova will be served up for pudding – possibly followed by snacks of Cornish gouda, Cornish yarg and Helford blue, and petit fours of clotted cream fudge and Earl Grey truffles.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Eden Project in 2016

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On Sunday 13 June, Biden will travel from Cornwall to Windsor Castle where he and Jill Biden will receive a royal reception from the Queen.

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