The UK has been catapulted into the global spotlight this week as world leaders flock to Cornwall for the G7 summit, which kicks off today. The event marks Joe Biden’s first trip abroad in his capacity as US President, with him and the First Lady later set to visit the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday. Today, however, Dr Jill Biden has a number of engagements of her own to attend to, including leading a special talk with another much-loved Royal Family member, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The two women have been photographed out and about in Cornwall, donning complementary rosy-hued ensembles. Kate looked elegant in a dark pink, belted dress, while Jill brightened up her look with a hot pink blazer. They appeared comfortable in each other’s company, smiling and chatting as the cameras rolled.
CNN previously reported that Kensington Palace confirmed that the First Lady will meet with the Duchess for the first time this week, with a White House official adding that the pair will concentrate on children and education during their joint engagements. They are said to be taking part in a roundtable discussion focusing on childhood education, as well as visiting a school in Cornwall for a tour.
Early years support and children’s mental health have long been central tenets of Kate’s work as a royal. As a mother-of-three herself, the Duchess has often spoken about the importance of examining how we bring up children, with her and Prince William’s Royal Foundation having previously commissioned the biggest ever UK study on the early years.
Having touched down in the UK on Wednesday, Joe and Jill Biden were photographed on a seaside stroll with the UK Prime Minister and his new bride, Boris and Carrie Johnson, on the eve of the G7 summit yesterday. Jill and Carrie also spent some time together earlier in the day, enjoying tea and a tour of St Michael’s Mount. They soon seemed at ease in each other’s company, with both women later kicking off their shoes to paddle in the surf with Boris and Carrie’s one-year-old son, Wilfred.
CNN quoted Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa as stating: ‘The First Lady has an independent schedule of her own during the G7… At Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall on Wednesday, she spoke about the importance of supporting military families. She also hosted a roundtable with United States military spouses who are focused on the wellbeing and emotional health of service members and their families.’
The MailOnline reports that following the first day of talks at the G7 summit, the Queen and Prince Charles will host a reception at the Eden Project for the world leaders and their partners this evening. They will also be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, constituting one of the first major public engagements that senior royals have attended as a group since the start of the pandemic (with the exception, of course, of Prince Philip’s funeral back in April).
The Duchess of Cambridge is the second British Royal Family member to meet Jill Biden, who is already well acquainted with her brother-in-law, Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex and Jill have known each other for nine years, after meeting in 2012 at a reception for US and British wounded warriors in Washington. The pair reportedly bonded over their military connections, as Jill’s late stepson, Joe’s son Beau (who died of brain cancer in 2015), was a Major in the US Army, while Harry spent 10 years in the armed forces. Jill subsequently became a recurrent guest at the Duke’s Invictus Games, with Joe Biden even joking that Jill ‘spent too much damn time with Prince Harry’.
Ahead of their first face-to-face introduction to the Queen this week, Jill stated: ‘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.’
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