The Queen and Prince Charles among royals to arrive at Eden Project for glittering G7 reception
The Queen has arrived at the Eden Project in Cornwall to welcome world leaders at a glittering G7 reception.
She was accompanied by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their first joint engagement since the pandemic began.
Their presence is part of the government’s attempts to maximise the royal family’s powers of soft diplomacy on US President Joe Biden and other powerful world leaders.
Earlier on Friday the Duchess of Cambridge met Mr Biden’s wife Jill Biden and the pair visited a primary school where they heard about early years’ learning.
Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie - wearing a floral dress from The Vampire’s Wife - arrived at the Eden Project before the royal family and were there to welcome the Queen after she entered the popular tourist attraction at about 6.30pm.
The Queen walked just ahead of Charles and Camilla and they were followed a few paces behind by William and Kate.
Kate wore a mid-length, £3,000 cream gown by Alexander McQueen while Camilla opted for a long sleeve black and white frock.
The Queen wore a dress patterned with flowers.
After a brief exchange of words between Mr Johnson and the Queen, she led the way into the reception and was followed by the senior royals.
Last to arrive after the royal family was US President Joe Biden with First Lady Jill Biden.
German leader Angela Merkel, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, Italy’s Mario Draghi, France’s Emanuel Macron and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will also attend the reception.
It is the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken part in G7 events.
After taking a picture with world leaders, the Queen, joined by Camilla and Kate, attended a celebration of The Big Lunch initiative, which brings together communities involving food and drink.
Meanwhile Charles, joined by Prince William, 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.
The menu has been created by Emily Scott of the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay. Cornish turbot and new potatoes for the main course, is reported to be on the menu.
On Sunday, Joe Biden and the First Lady will be welcomed to Windsor Castle as the Queen hosts the couple for a Guard of Honour and tea.
Addressing a reporters on Friday, Boris Johnson said the G7 must learn from the mistakes of the pandemic as he predicted the leading economies would “bounce back” from the Covid-19 recession.
The Prime Minister said the group of leading democracies should also avoid the errors that followed the 2008 financial crash and ensure the recovery helped all parts of society.
The Prime Minister said: “We need to make sure that we learn the lessons from the pandemic, we need to make sure that we don’t repeat some of the errors that we doubtless made in the course of the last 18 months or so.”
“But it is vital that we don’t repeat the mistake of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession of 2008, when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society.”
There was a risk the pandemic could leave a “lasting scar” as “inequalities may be entrenched”, Mr Johnson said.
“We need to make sure that as we recover, we level up across our societies and we build back better,” he added.
The Prime Minister also suggested the recovery should be a “gender neutral” or “more feminine” one – a reference to a commitment to spend £430 million on education, especially for girls, in some of the world’s poorest nations.