HAYLEY, England (AP) – America’s First Lady Jill Biden and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, learned about bunny care on Friday as they visited a preschool during a joint outing in south-west England.
He also participated in conversations about early childhood education with experts from the UK and some from the United States, who joined the discussion via Zoom.
The Duchess said just before the discussion, “It is a great honor to have you in the United Kingdom.” She thanked Biden – a longtime English teacher – for her interest in early education, a topic of interest also to the Duchess, who has three young children with husband Prince William.
Biden, 70, and ex-Kate Middleton, 39, visited with 4- and 5-year-olds, who attend Connor Downs Academy in Hayley. The school works with children who have experienced trauma. It also has outdoor classrooms where children plant vegetables and flowers and raise rabbits.
Biden took a bowl of carrots when the women went outside to watch Storm, one of the many rabbits kept in the pen, and handed the bowl to a group of kids so they could feed him.
Before the indoor roundtable, Biden said he was glad to be at the school.
“I met some wonderful teachers and principals and all the kids who were so inspiring and well behaved,” the first lady said. “I couldn’t finish it.”
She is traveling with her husband, President Joe Biden, who is attending a group of seven summits The number of leaders of the world’s largest economies that opened in Corbys Bay on Friday.
He thanked the news media for covering the attendance “because early childhood education is so important to lay the foundation for all our students.”
The two women took notes during the discussion, which focused on the importance of early education in child mental health and early childhood development.
After his departure, reporters asked Biden if he had sought advice from the Duchess on whether to meet with Queen Elizabeth II, which the Bidens are set to do at a summit later on Friday, followed on Sunday at Windsor Castle. Will have tea with the emperor.
“No, I didn’t,” replied the first lady. “We’ve been busy. Weren’t you in that room. We were talking about education.”
Jill Biden is scheduled to fly back to Washington after meeting the Queen, while the president continues to Brussels for the NATO summit and Switzerland for a much-anticipated one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.