Queen leads royal charm offensive at the G7


Queen Elizabeth II is seen during the voyage of HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, England, on 22 May. Steve Parsons / WPA Pool / Getty Images

On the first day of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson is putting on a show, even by his theatrical standards.

Johnson’s G7 leaders will have the full force of Britain’s biggest diplomatic asset today, as they are invited to join Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the family for a reception ahead of dinner tonight is.

Dinner will take place at the world-renowned Eden Project, a fascinating collection of biomes, one of which is home to the largest indoor rainforest on Earth.

While the dinner will be the main royal event of the day, the leaders will discuss issues with other members of the world’s most famous family on which some members of the family have long been evangelists. For example, Prince Charles will meet with leaders and representatives from the business world to discuss a coordinated effort to tackle climate change, one of the top priorities of the British government, as it hosts COP26 later this year. ready to do.

Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden will meet with future Queen Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to talk about children’s education, another major international focus of Johnson’s government.

Rolling out royals like this is nothing new, and many British prime ministers have used the fanfare of state visits to side with world leaders. However, they are doing so at a time of particular turmoil for the monarchy.

The family was mourning their patriarch only a few weeks ago, when Prince Philip died at the age of 99. And the family is in the midst of a very public feud with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, following his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he accused an unnamed senior royal of making racist statements.

Yesterday, things were not looking so well for Johnson, as he was on a collision course with the US president over Brexit. However, US diplomatic pushback over reports of Biden issuing a demarcation on Northern Ireland meant Johnson could have easily slept. Now, he can sit back and enjoy watching his fellow leaders shine as they go side by side with Britain’s biggest rockstars.

This post has been updated to clarify that the Queen will host the G7 leaders ahead of the dinner on Friday.

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