Royal Corner

The Queen Dazzles the G7 Summit

The Queen proved she's the boss as she arrived at the G7 Summit in Cornwall alongside other senior members of the Royal Family.


JUNE 11th, 2021

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ornwall has been the centre of the world’s attention as world leaders descended onto Carbis Bay for the G7 Summit. However, tonight Cornwall received the royal treatment as the Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a lavish reception at the Eden Project.

Her Majesty looked regal in a floral dress, and was greeted by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie. The Duchess of Cambridge looked equally stunning in a mid-length cream gown, whilst Camilla opted for a long sleeve black and white dress.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the First Lady were enjoying each other's company as the attended a joint engagement. - © Getty Images


Kate and Dr. Biden spoke with schoolchildren on the visit. - © Getty Images


The Duchess spoke with Early Years experts at a roundtable discussion. - © Getty Images


The Duchess and the First Lady left the school in a jovial mood. - © Getty Images


The Duke of Cambridge was also in attendance alongside his father the Prince of Wales, who together will host a reception on climate change. The two future kings have actively made the environment central to their work with Prince William launching the Earthshot Prize and Prince Charles creating the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

The engagement marked the first time the Royal Family’s most senior members have been seen together in public since Christmas, and further marks a return to normality in the world of royalty.



The Royal Family’s presence has been deployed by the government as a way of soft diplomacy and looks to be working, with the newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden set to meet the 95-year-old monarch for the first time. Biden - who will be the 13th U.S. President to meet the Queen - will also receive an official welcome from Her Majesty on Sunday at Windsor Castle.

At the reception Prince Charles delivered a speech to the summit saying: “The fight against this terrible pandemic provides a crystal-clear example of the scale, and sheer speed, at which the global community can tackle crises when we combine political will with business ingenuity and public mobilization. We are doing it for the pandemic. We must also do it for the planet.”

The Queen speaks to G7 World leaders at a reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall - © Getty Images


The Prime Minister alongside his wife Carrie greet the Royal Family. - © Derek Momodu


The Queen speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden - © Getty Images

Earlier in the day, the Duchess of Cambridge - recently dubbed the Royal Family’s greatest asset - attended a joint engagement with the U.S. First Lady Dr Jill Biden centred around their joint passion of the Early Years. Both women visited a local cornish primary school where they met with young students and took part in a roundtable discussion on the importance of the Early Years.

The Duchess and the First Lady looked to be enjoying each other's company as they both praised each other for their commitment to their shared interest, with Catherine telling Dr Biden that her commitment to the Early Years “is for the long-term”.



The First Lady later tweeted her thanks to the Duchess, writing: ‘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.’

Following their meeting with the schoolchildren, the Duchess and the First Lady spoke to experts within the Early Years both in the U.K. and the U.S. and reaffirmed the importance of early education and child development.

The visit marks the beginning of a major announcement set to be released by the Duchess of Cambridge on her future work within the Early Years sector, with reports claiming the scale of the initiative will be on a similar scale than that of her husband, Prince William’s £50m Earthshot Prize.

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