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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth hosts reception for Biden, other G7 leaders

/ 04:57 AM June 12, 2021
Reception at The Eden Project on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Cornwall

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, France’s President Emmanuel Macron along with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, U.S. President Joe Biden and European Council President Charles Michel pose for a group photo during a drinks reception on the sidelines of the G7 summit, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Britain June 11, 2021. Jack Hill/Pool via REUTERS

ST BLAZEY, England — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth met U.S President Joe Biden under the canopy of the world’s largest indoor rainforest on Friday as she hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven richest nations, who are holding a three-day summit.

The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the other senior members of the British royal family, with son and heir Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and grandson Prince William and his wife Kate also present.

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It was their first major public event together since the funeral in April of Prince Philip, the queen’s husband of more than seven decades.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden with his wife Jill Biden, along with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge attend a drinks reception on the sidelines of the G7 summit, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Britain June 11, 2021. Jack Hill/Pool via REUTERS

At the reception, held at the Eden Project, whose distinctive bubble-like Biomes house thousands of plant varieties, the queen met Biden as U.S. President for the first time. He is 13th American leader she has met during her record-breaking 69-year reign.

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“Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the queen,” Biden’s wife Jill, who joined him at the Eden Project event, had said on Thursday. “That’s an exciting part of the visit for us.”

They are also due to have tea with the monarch at Windsor Castle on Sunday after the summit has concluded.

Following a photocall with the queen, Prince Charles addressed the G7 leaders about his Sustainable Markets Initiative, which aims to involve business and private sector investment in government efforts to combat climate change.

“The fight against this terrible pandemic provides, if ever one was needed, 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,” the prince told them.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are doing it for the pandemic. So if you don’t mind me saying so, we must also do it for the planet,” said Charles, 72, who has spent much of his life campaigning on environmental issues.

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