Queen arrives with Prince Charles as heir steps into role as future King with G7 speech


The Prince of Wales was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as he hosted a reception for the leaders and chief executive officers from some of the world’s largest companies. They had gathered to discuss how the private sector can work with different governments to tackle the climate emergency. Earlier in the day, Kate and First Lady Jill Biden also carried out a joint engagement as they met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall, where world leaders have gathered for their G7 summit this week.

Ahead of the arrival of the royal family, many of the G7 leaders, some with spouses, walked through the flora and fauna at the visitor attraction on their way to the reception.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie were waiting to greet the royal party when they arrived.

The Queen walked just ahead of Charles and Camilla and they were followed a few paces behind by William and Kate.

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.

Ahead of the meeting, Charles also held a meeting at St James’s Palace, where he met the CEOs of Bank of America, HSBC, NatWest, State Street, EY, AstraZeneca, Heathrow Airport, Stella McCartney.

This was not his first engagement this week, as he and wife Camilla also attended a show by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House on Thursday evening in a rare night out together post-lockdown.

They watched Balanchine and Robbins, which celebrates the work of the two legendary American choreographers.

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“The prince said how wonderful it was to be back seeing a live performance again, and I told him it was the same for us to be here, performing.

“It’s just marvellous and so exciting. It was such a pleasure to have them here.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Biden was asked earlier today about meeting the Royal Family, ahead of her and US President Joe Biden having tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday.

She replied: “Well, we’re hoping to focus, I think, on education.

“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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