Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles Join G7 Leaders for Dinner

The royal family’s presence around the summit meeting will be unusually strong this year.

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William joined G7 leaders for dinner.

Queen Elizabeth II attending a reception and dinner at Eden Park during the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, on Friday. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, also attended.Credit…Pool photo by Oli Scarff

June 11, 2021, 12:18 p.m. ET

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William joined Group of 7 leaders on Friday for a reception and dinner, as the royal family makes an unusually robust presence around the edges of the annual summit meeting.

The royals played hosts to the leaders at the Eden Project, an environmental and educational center in Cornwall, England, about 35 miles from Carbis Bay, where the summit is being held. In addition to the queen, Charles, the prince of Wales and heir apparent to the throne, and his elder son, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Charles’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and William’s wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, also attended.

Earlier Friday, the first lady, Jill Biden, visited a school in Cornwall with the Duchess of Cambridge.

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First Lady and Duchess of Cambridge Tour School

The first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, toured a primary school in England on Friday. The first lady has a particular interest in global education.

“They’re scared to death.” [laughter] “Hello.” “Thank you very much.” “Do you like it?” “At 4 years old?” “Wow, are you 5 now?” “Yes.” “Fantastic. And we know that picking up all the rubbish will –” “This is a tough word, ‘rubbish.’ That’s a hard word, very impressive.” “You’re very good at — how many do you have?” “It’s very important. It’s the foundation of everything. So I can tell you that as a teacher at the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind. So this is amazing to see what these children are doing and how far advanced the are at 4 and 5 years old. I met some wonderful teachers and principals and most of all, the children who were so inspiring. And so well-behaved, I know, I couldn’t get over it.”

The first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, toured a primary school in England on Friday. The first lady has a particular interest in global education.CreditCredit…Pool photo by Aaron Chown

The summit comes just two months after the death of Prince Philip, the queen’s husband of 73 years. But Elizabeth, at age 95, quickly resumed her schedule of public appearances. Friday will mark her first meeting with any foreign leader since the start of the pandemic.

The Eden Project is an apt location for Prince Charles, who also holds the title of Duke of Cornwall. He has championed a variety of environmental causes, including the fight against global warming, one of the topics the G7 leaders are discussing.

President Biden and his wife, Dr. Biden, are scheduled to visit again with the queen on Sunday at Windsor Castle, before traveling to Brussels for meetings with NATO and European Union leaders.

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