Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 1 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

There’s nothing like a trip to the coast to blow the cobwebs away, and the Duchess of Cambridge appeared in great spirits as she joined Dr Jill Biden today at the start of the G7 summit. 

Kate, 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes as she arrived to meet the President’s wife, 70, who also wore pink, for the first time.

They were meeting children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne this afternoon followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts convened by Kate.

The royal mother-of-three and the US First Lady discussed female empowerment, children and early education during a seminar on their shared passion for children. Kate is at the centre of Britain’s diplomatic mission to woo the US as Boris Johnson pushes for a quick free trade deal with Joe Biden as well as a quarantine-free travel corridor this summer.

The animated pair, who met for the first time today, seemed to get on like a house on fire as they met children, staff and even helped feed carrots to the class rabbit, Storm. Kate also told reporters she ‘can’t wait to meet’ her new niece Lilibet.

Around an hour later, after a quick outfit change, Jill Biden was on the beach with her husband Joe and met Boris and Carrie Johnson as G7 leaders and their partners gathered on the sands of Carbis Bay, St Ives.  Mr Biden made a quip urging people to go swimming, saying ‘everyone in the water’- with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in. Jill Biden then laughed and said: ‘I feel like we are at a wedding’.  

The Duchess of Cambridge met Donald Trump and Melania when they visited the UK in 2019, after tweets from 2012 emerged where he blamed Kate for sunbathing ‘nude’ when the French magazine Closer published the pictures. The Cambridges successfully sued the publisher over their ‘grotesque’ decision. 

Kate and Jill met as:

  • The Queen heads to Cornwall with Charles, Camilla and William to join up with Kate ahead of G7 reception at The Eden Project on Friday night;
  • Boris Johnson urges world to be ‘more gender neutral, feminine and green’ as it builds back from Covid in bizarre opening remarks at G7 summit after elbow-heavy opening event on the beach;
  • Brexiteers today condemned Emmanuel Macron for ‘posturing’ over Northern Ireland after he vowed the protocol will not be renegotiated;   
  • Extinction Rebellion have started a G7 protest march with 500 demonstrators gathering in a Cornish seaside town to urge world leaders to respect the climate – while policing of the event is hit by Covid;
The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden couldn't stop smiling during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall, during the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden couldn't stop smiling during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall, during the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden couldn’t stop smiling during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall, during the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The pair, who have never met before, shared a laugh as they arrived for the official visit

The pair, who have never met before, shared a laugh as they arrived for the official visit

The pair, who have never met before, shared a laugh as they arrived for the official visit

The new friends shared a laugh as they went to feed the school rabbit today

The new friends shared a laugh as they went to feed the school rabbit today

The new friends shared a laugh as they went to feed the school rabbit today

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 2 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 3 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Think pink like the Duchess of Cambridge in a dress by Alexander McQueen

Ever since she wore that stunning gown on her wedding day, the Duchess of Cambridge has had a very special relationship with designer label Alexander McQueen.

She has worn McQueen for some of her most important events and engagements in the decade since then, so it’s really no surprise to see her debut this dahlia pink pencil dress to meet Dr. Jill Biden today in Cornwall today. The First Lady wore pink too thanks to her L’Agence blazer so they matched perfectly.

Those shoulder pads are classic McQueen, and we love the twist neck detailing, slim fit and belted waist too. Unfortunately it has now sold out, but click (right) for a closer look, then head to our edit below, where you’ll find a similar style by the label.

Or stick to the high street to copy Kate with sleek pencil dresses from the likes of Karen Millen and Diva Catwalk.

* PRICES MAY NOT BE AS ADVERTISED

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 6 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and US First Lady Jill Biden, carrying carrots for the school rabbit, Storm

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and US First Lady Jill Biden, carrying carrots for the school rabbit, Storm

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and US First Lady Jill Biden, carrying carrots for the school rabbit, Storm 

Kate also said she was overjoyed that Meghan and Harry had a second child - but admitted she has not met the child virtually yet

Kate also said she was overjoyed that Meghan and Harry had a second child - but admitted she has not met the child virtually yet

Kate also said she was overjoyed that Meghan and Harry had a second child – but admitted she has not met the child virtually yet

The women got on very well on their first meeting, which could lead to more over the coming years because both share a passion for education

The women got on very well on their first meeting, which could lead to more over the coming years because both share a passion for education

The women got on very well on their first meeting, which could lead to more over the coming years because both share a passion for education

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 7 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 7 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton and First Lady at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne this afternoon looking at a project with the children

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 9 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 9 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Dr Jill showed children a picture of the White House, where she lives with the US President Joe Biden. The young students have been learning about it ahead of the visit

The Duchess of Cambridge talks with children in the school's Reception Class this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge talks with children in the school's Reception Class this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge talks with children in the school’s Reception Class this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, cut an elegant figure in a fuchsia dress with matching shoes as she arrived to meet the President's wife Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, cut an elegant figure in a fuchsia dress with matching shoes as she arrived to meet the President's wife Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, cut an elegant figure in a fuchsia dress with matching shoes as she arrived to meet the President’s wife Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall this afternoon

Kate was animated when they first met and both discussed their passion for early years learning

Kate was animated when they first met and both discussed their passion for early years learning

Kate was animated when they first met and both discussed their passion for early years learning

US First Lady Jill Biden talks with children about the White House, which the class has been studying

US First Lady Jill Biden talks with children about the White House, which the class has been studying

US First Lady Jill Biden talks with children about the White House, which the class has been studying

US First Lady Jill Biden visits Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit

US First Lady Jill Biden visits Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit

US First Lady Jill Biden visits Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit

Jill and Kate laughed as they met the class rabbit Storm, who was munching on vegetables

Jill and Kate laughed as they met the class rabbit Storm, who was munching on vegetables

Jill and Kate laughed as they met the class rabbit Storm, who was munching on vegetables

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 11 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 11 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

They were meeting staff and children at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne this afternoon and a round table discussion with UK education experts convened by Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge (right) and US First Lady Jill Biden, leading a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector

The Duchess of Cambridge (right) and US First Lady Jill Biden, leading a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector

The Duchess of Cambridge (right) and US First Lady Jill Biden, leading a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and US First Lady Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and US First Lady Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and US First Lady Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall

The Duchess of Cambridge's team sent this tweet after the successful meeting today

The Duchess of Cambridge's team sent this tweet after the successful meeting today

The Duchess of Cambridge’s team sent this tweet after the successful meeting today

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are greeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an elbow bump today

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are greeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an elbow bump today

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are greeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an elbow bump today, after  Jill met with Kate

Kate reveals she hasn’t met baby Lilibet yet but she ‘hopes that she will soon’ as she is asked about the arrival of her niece on school visit 

Kate Middleton today revealed she has not yet met her new niece Lilibet on a video call, one week after her brother-in-law Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child.

Speaking while visiting a school in Cornwall during the G7 summit today, the Duchess of Cambridge said she could not wait to meet the baby girl, whose full name is Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Appearing alongside US First Lady Jill Biden this afternoon, Kate told reporters: ‘I wish her all the very best, I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon.’

Kate was asked the question by NBC journalist and anchor Andrea Mitchell. Asked by DailyMail.com if she had spoken to Lilibet on FaceTime, the Duchess replied: ‘No I haven’t.’

White House aides and Kensington Palace officials then swiftly moved to end the impromptu press conference, asking journalists to leave the school room.   

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Today FLOTUS and the Duchess came in to the classroom wearing face masks and were greeted by silence from the over-awed children.

‘They’re scared to death,’ FLOTUS joked of the kids.  ‘It’s the quietest class I’ve ever been to. How old are you?’ the Duchess added.

They met the teachers and learned about how the kids were learning about how to make the world a better place. The kids are learning words and sounded them out with FLOTUS. 

The Duchess and FLOTUS were seated next to each other but talking to different group of kids. Duchess is asking their names and looking at their drawings. She also helped the children sound out words.

Kids are reading ‘Greta and the Giant.’ ‘Do you know this series?’ the Duchess asked FLOTUS.

‘I know Greta of course,’ FLOTUS said.

They also visited the other table of kids. Dr. Biden helped some with legos. They also watched the kids draw.

Lots of praise from the two of them for the kids.

Dr. Biden answered a question on importance of early childhood education.

‘It’s very important to the foundation. As a teacher at the upper levels if they don’t have a good foundation they fall so far behind. This is amazing to see how far advanced they are.’

Children gathered around three tables with some sitting on the floor without face masks, which Jill and Kate were wearing. 

The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in the county of Cornwall where world leaders have gathered for their summit.

The duchess and the First Lady toured a classroom meeting some of the younger children at the school which teaches four to 11-year-olds.

They also brought carrots which were fed by the children to the school’s pet rabbits in the grounds of the Academy.

A broadcast journalist from an American network put Kate on the spot when she asked: “Your Royal Highness, do you have any wishes for your niece Lilibet?”

The duchess replied smiling: “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon.”

She was also asked if she had spoken with Meghan: “Have you FaceTimed with her?”

Kate replied “No, I haven’t.”

White House aides and Kensington Palace officials then swiftly moved to end the impromptu press conference, asking journalists to leave the school room where the duchess and Mrs Biden had been taking part in a round table discussion with experts on the importance of the early years of childhood for future outcomes.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are taking part in their first G7 events, another milestone in their progression as senior royals.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 13 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 13 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate and the FLOTUS attended the school in Cornwall because they share a passion for education and children

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden presented with flowers by the head boy and hea girl

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden presented with flowers by the head boy and hea girl

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden presented with flowers by the head boy and hea girl

US First Lady Jill Biden (second from left) and the Duchess of Cambridge (right) talk with children in the schoolÕs Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle

US First Lady Jill Biden (second from left) and the Duchess of Cambridge (right) talk with children in the schoolÕs Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle

US First Lady Jill Biden (second from left) and the Duchess of Cambridge (right) talk with children in the schoolÕs Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle

Dr Jill spoke to children and joked 'They're scared to death' before the students warmed up

Dr Jill spoke to children and joked 'They're scared to death' before the students warmed up

Dr Jill spoke to children and joked ‘They’re scared to death’ before the students warmed up

Jill Biden talked to children about their reading and writing during the primary school visit

Jill Biden talked to children about their reading and writing during the primary school visit

Jill Biden talked to children about their reading and writing during the primary school visit

Kate and Jill both remarked on how well behaved the children, with Dr Biden declaring: 'They're so smart'

Kate and Jill both remarked on how well behaved the children, with Dr Biden declaring: 'They're so smart'

Kate and Jill both remarked on how well behaved the children, with Dr Biden declaring: ‘They’re so smart’

The Duchess of Cambridge's event has kickstarted the G7 summit in Cornwall

The Duchess of Cambridge's event has kickstarted the G7 summit in Cornwall

The Duchess of Cambridge’s event has kickstarted the G7 summit in Cornwall

A student holds up a piece of work, which Kate and Jill both marveled at

A student holds up a piece of work, which Kate and Jill both marveled at

A student holds up a piece of work, which Kate and Jill both marveled at

The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in the county of Cornwall where world leaders have gathered for their summit

The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in the county of Cornwall where world leaders have gathered for their summit

The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in the county of Cornwall where world leaders have gathered for their summit 

The duchess and the First Lady toured a classroom meeting some of the younger children at the school which teaches four to 11-year-olds

The duchess and the First Lady toured a classroom meeting some of the younger children at the school which teaches four to 11-year-olds

The duchess and the First Lady toured a classroom meeting some of the younger children at the school which teaches four to 11-year-olds

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center right, and US First Lady Jill Biden, lead a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector who have been influential in the Duchess' work

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center right, and US First Lady Jill Biden, lead a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector who have been influential in the Duchess' work

Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center right, and US First Lady Jill Biden, lead a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector who have been influential in the Duchess’ work

Down the road Boris Johnson has chosen to host the G7 leaders in scenic Cornwall on the rugged south-west coast of the UK

Down the road Boris Johnson has chosen to host the G7 leaders in scenic Cornwall on the rugged south-west coast of the UK

Down the road Boris Johnson has chosen to host the G7 leaders in scenic Cornwall on the rugged south-west coast of the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a bilateral meeting with Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada as he chairs the G7 Leaders Summit in Carbis Bay

Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a bilateral meeting with Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada as he chairs the G7 Leaders Summit in Carbis Bay

Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a bilateral meeting with Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada as he chairs the G7 Leaders Summit in Carbis Bay

The President of the United States, Joe Biden stands next to the The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving a thumbs up in front of the G7 sign while at the G7 Leaders' Summit. Carbis Bay, Cornwall

The President of the United States, Joe Biden stands next to the The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving a thumbs up in front of the G7 sign while at the G7 Leaders' Summit. Carbis Bay, Cornwall

The President of the United States, Joe Biden stands next to the The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving a thumbs up in front of the G7 sign while at the G7 Leaders’ Summit. Carbis Bay, Cornwall

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10 

Tories voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Emmanuel Macron (pictured arriving at the G7 summit with wife Brigitte today)

Tories voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Emmanuel Macron (pictured arriving at the G7 summit with wife Brigitte today)

Tories voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Emmanuel Macron (pictured arriving at the G7 summit with wife Brigitte today) 

G7 leaders including Angela Merkel arrived for the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today

G7 leaders including Angela Merkel arrived for the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today

G7 leaders including Angela Merkel arrived for the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today 

Italian PM Mario Draghi waved to waiting media as he arrived at the summit in Cornwall today

Italian PM Mario Draghi waved to waiting media as he arrived at the summit in Cornwall today

Italian PM Mario Draghi waved to waiting media as he arrived at the summit in Cornwall today

Today marks the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended official G7 summit events, marking another milestone in their progression as senior royals. 

Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks styled in her signature side parting and opted for minimal makeup as she sported a simple smokey eye. 

This will be the third time Kate has met with a President and his wife having met Barack and Michelle Obama back in 2011 and 2016.For First Lady Jill Biden the G7 summit marks the first time she has left the US since husband Joe became president. 

According to CNN, the pair are also set to tour a school in Cornwall as part of their meeting later today. 

The duchess has made early years development one of the main pillars of her public role since she first became a member of the royal family.   

In 2020, she launched her Early Years survey, a a milestone moment for her work on the importance of early childhood in shaping the rest of our lives and broader societal outcomes. 

In 2018 she created a steering group to investigate the link between childhood experiences and adult behaviour and hopes that the results of their survey and other research will encourage a ‘nationwide conversation’ on the subject, raising awareness of how the first five years of a child’s life will impact the next 50 years. 

In the evening, the Queen and Prince Charles are set to host a reception at the Eden Project for the world leaders and their spouses.

William and Kate will join the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the reception at the Eden Project on Friday evening.

Prince Charles will host an additional reception where he will brief leaders on his ‘sustainable markets initiative’.

The Royal Family will then depart and the leaders and their spouses will then have dinner, prepared by local chef Emily Scott before returning to the summit venue at Carbis Bay.

The Big Jubilee Lunch will form part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022 and during Friday the monarch, joined by Kate and Camilla, will attend an event in celebration of The Big Lunch, an initiative spearheaded by the Eden Project.

The royal party will meet local Big Lunch volunteers and thank them for their efforts supporting their communities through the challenges of the past year.

On Sunday, President Biden and his wife Jill will travel to Windsor Castle for an audience with the Queen – their first official meeting since he became president.

When asked about the visit, Jill Biden said: ‘Well, we’re hoping to focus, I think, on education.

US First Lady Jill Biden described the summit and their visit to the UK as a 'beautiful beginning'

US First Lady Jill Biden described the summit and their visit to the UK as a 'beautiful beginning'

US First Lady Jill Biden described the summit and their visit to the UK as a ‘beautiful beginning’

This will be the third time Kate has met with a President and his wife having met Barack and Michelle Obama back in 2011 and 2016 (pictured, in 2016)

This will be the third time Kate has met with a President and his wife having met Barack and Michelle Obama back in 2011 and 2016 (pictured, in 2016)

This will be the third time Kate has met with a President and his wife having met Barack and Michelle Obama back in 2011 and 2016 (pictured, in 2016) 

‘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.’ 

The appearance from Kate comes amid a difficult week for the family, following what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

Yesterday members of the royal family took to social media to pay tribute to Prince Philip. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the Kensington Royal Twitter and shared two snaps of the Queen planting a beautiful ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ rose in the East Terrace Garden in Prince Philip’s honour on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile earlier this week Prince Harry threatened the BBC with legal action after it reported that he and Meghan Markle did not ask the Queen for permission to name their daughter Lilibet – as an extraordinary three-way briefing war broke out between the Sussexes, the Palace and the corporation.

The appearance from Kate comes amid a difficult week for the family, following what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday

The appearance from Kate comes amid a difficult week for the family, following what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday

The appearance from Kate comes amid a difficult week for the family, following what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday

Senior Buckingham Palace sources told BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond this morning that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.

However, Harry hit back within 90 minutes of the BBC’s report being published through a statement from his and Meghan’s close friend Omid Scobie that insisted the Queen was the first person the Duke called after the birth of his daughter.

Mr Scobie, who wrote the bombshell Finding Freedom biography of the couple, also claimed the Sussexes would not have used the name Lilibet unless the Queen had supported the move.

Harry, who together with wife Meghan announced they were expecting a girl during their interview with Oprah in March, took things a step further mere hours after his rebuttal of the report, threatening the BBC with legal action through law firm Schillings.

Notice of the legal action was followed by a carefully-worded statement that raised more questions than answers over whether the Queen did give permission or if the couple simply informed her of their intentions in a fait accompli.

The statement insisted that the BBC report was wholly wrong and read: ‘The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.

‘During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.’

The BBC then amended its report though the article still says that the Queen was not asked about the name of the baby. Mr Dymond’s tweets citing a Buckingham Palace source also still remain up.

The BBC report on the Palace’s position and Harry’s fiery reaction implies both parties believe they are telling the truth on the issue. It suggests that Harry and Meghan could have informed the Queen of Lilibet’s name before taking Her Majesty’s non-denial as consent.

On the other hand, the Palace briefings appear to hint that the Queen felt she was presented with the couple’s decision and asked to rubber stamp it, rather than give permission.

Kate reveals she has not had a video call with Harry and Meghan to meet baby Lilibet yet but she ‘hopes that she will soon’ as she is asked about the arrival of her niece on school visit

Kate Middleton today revealed she has not yet met her new niece Lilibet on a video call, one week after her brother-in-law Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child.

Speaking while visiting a school in Cornwall during the G7 summit today, the Duchess of Cambridge said she could not wait to meet the baby girl, whose full name is Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Appearing alongside US First Lady Jill Biden this afternoon, Kate told reporters: ‘I wish her all the very best, I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon.’

Kate was asked the question by NBC journalist and anchor Andrea Mitchell. Asked by DailyMail.com if she had spoken to Lilibet on FaceTime, the Duchess replied: ‘No I haven’t.’

White House aides and Kensington Palace officials then swiftly moved to end the impromptu press conference, asking journalists to leave the school room. 

It comes three months after Meghan claimed in her interview with Oprah Winfrey that Kate made her cry before she married Harry, but also insisted that she had now forgiven Kate who bought her flowers to apologise. 

Kate in Cornwall today

Kate in Cornwall today

Harry, Meghan and Archie

Harry, Meghan and Archie

Kate Middleton spoke while in Hayle, Cornwall, today (left) – one week after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child who is a younger sister to Archie (right, pictured together in South Africa in September 2019)

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall, this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall, this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall, this afternoon

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 2 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 3 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Think pink like the Duchess of Cambridge in a dress by Alexander McQueen

Ever since she wore that stunning gown on her wedding day, the Duchess of Cambridge has had a very special relationship with designer label Alexander McQueen.

She has worn McQueen for some of her most important events and engagements in the decade since then, so it’s really no surprise to see her debut this dahlia pink pencil dress to meet Dr. Jill Biden today in Cornwall today. The First Lady wore pink too thanks to her L’Agence blazer so they matched perfectly.

Those shoulder pads are classic McQueen, and we love the twist neck detailing, slim fit and belted waist too. Unfortunately it has now sold out, but click (right) for a closer look, then head to our edit below, where you’ll find a similar style by the label.

Or stick to the high street to copy Kate with sleek pencil dresses from the likes of Karen Millen and Diva Catwalk.

* PRICES MAY NOT BE AS ADVERTISED

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 6 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

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Today, the Duchess and Dr Biden were visiting an academy school for four to 11-year-olds today to highlight issues surrounding the early years development of children during their meeting as the G7 summit began.

The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in Cornwall, where world leaders have gathered for their summit, as they toured a classroom and spoke to some of the younger children at the school.

They also brought carrots which were fed by the children to the school’s pet rabbits. Kate and her husband Prince William are taking part in their first G7 events, another milestone in their progression as senior royals. Later today, William and Kate will join the Queen, Prince of Wales and Camilla at the G7 Leaders’ reception at the Eden Project.

Prince Charles and William will host a reception for the leaders and chief executive officers from some the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency.

The Queen is then set to host Dr Biden and her husband, US President Joe Biden, at Windsor Castle for tea on Sunday, one day after celebrating her official birthday with a scaled-back Trooping the Colour ceremony.   

Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, named after Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and his late mother, Princess Diana, was born one week ago at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.

Her birth comes almost a year and a half after Harry and Meghan announced that they intended to step down from their royal roles, plunging the family into crisis, and moved into an £11million mansion in Montecito.

Their relationship with the royals further deteriorated after the interview with Oprah in March, in which they accused one of making a racist remark and said Meghan’s pleas for help when she felt suicidal were ignored.

Also during the interview, Meghan claimed that Kate made her cry before she married Harry in May 2018 – but Meghan also insisted that she had now forgiven Kate, who had purchased flowers for her to apologise.

The infamous row before the wedding made headlines around the world after a supposed falling out over dresses for the flower girls, with sources initially claiming Meghan had been left displeased with the ‘stressful’ fitting.

(From left) Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Norfolk in December 2018

(From left) Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Norfolk in December 2018

(From left) Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Norfolk in December 2018

Accounts differ as to whether the cause of the row was a disagreement on whether the bridesmaids should wear tights – Meghan reportedly believed they should not – or over Princess Charlotte’s dress not fitting.

This week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched an unprecedented legal attack on the BBC after the corporation claimed the couple did not ask the Queen if they could name their daughter Lilibet. 

The extraordinary row exploded after days of claim and counter-claim over whether the Queen had been consulted or just informed of her new great-granddaughter’s name and when. 

A spokesman for the Sussexes has said their daughter’s name was mentioned by Harry in a conversation with the Queen and ‘had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name’. 

Harry is due to return to the UK later this month to join William for the unveiling of a statue of Diana which the brothers commissioned four years ago in her memory. It will be unveiled at Kensington Palace on July 1.

Pink ladies! Kate Middleton co-ordinates with First Lady Dr Jill Biden in £1,125 fuchsia Alexander McQueen dress as they visit school in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment

Kate Middleton was a vision in pink as she met with Dr Jill Biden at a school in Cornwall today to discuss female empowerment ahead of the G7 summit. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuschia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 LK Bennett handbag as she arrived to meet the President’s wife at a local school this afternoon. 

The two chatted together as they walked into the school, with Dr Jill matching Kate in a white dress and wearing a bright pink Lagence Fashion blazer from her wardrobe.

 The mother-of-three and the US First Lady are set to discuss  female empowerment, children and early education during their meeting. 

Kate Middleton was a vision in pink as she met with Dr Jill Biden at a school in Cornwall today to discuss female empowerment ahead of the G7 summit

Kate Middleton was a vision in pink as she met with Dr Jill Biden at a school in Cornwall today to discuss female empowerment ahead of the G7 summit

Kate Middleton was a vision in pink as she met with Dr Jill Biden at a school in Cornwall today to discuss female empowerment ahead of the G7 summit

Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks styled in her signature side parting and opted for minimal makeup as she sported a simple smokey eye.    

Her fuschia pink dress, which is currently sold out online, is described as perfect for a ‘first date’. 

The silk dress, which was made in Italy, appears to have been slightly customised for the Duchess, with a longer hemline and a bold sixties style belt added.

The Duchess has long been a fan of Alexander McQueen, with the luxury house designing her iconic wedding gown and becoming a go-to of the royal since her marriage to Prince William in April 2011. 

Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks styled in her signature side parting and opted for minimal makeup as she sported a simple smokey eye

Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks styled in her signature side parting and opted for minimal makeup as she sported a simple smokey eye

Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks styled in her signature side parting and opted for minimal makeup as she sported a simple smokey eye

L.K. Bennett is also a firm high street favourite of the duchess, and the choice continued her trend of championing British brands over the past 18 months. 

The royal has also been wearing a host of pink outfits in recent months, with experts saying she was wearing the pretty ensembles after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Oprah interview to appear ‘lovable and convey kindness’.  

Kate sported a blush pussybow blouse during an appearance hours after her sister-in-law claimed the two women had a tearful confrontation days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 2018 wedding.

Meanwhile she also donned a £65 pink jumper from Boden for her first in-person engagement of the year this spring.

Kate's fuschia pink dress, which is currently sold out online, is described as perfect for a 'first date'

Kate's fuschia pink dress, which is currently sold out online, is described as perfect for a 'first date'

Kate’s fuschia pink dress, which is currently sold out online, is described as perfect for a ‘first date’

She also wore a pink ME+EM’s silk shirt dress during her recent tour of Scotland with the Duke of Cambridge. 

The duchess’ recent penchant for the colour suggests wanting to ‘reduce feelings of anger and resentment’ as well as ‘conveying kindness and understanding in a non-threatening way’, according to Lancashire-based psychologist Lee Chambers. 

Beach buddies! Boris and Carrie greet Joe and Jill Biden and other world leaders – including Macron, Merkel and Trudeau – on Carbis Bay’s golden sands before posing for a socially distanced G7 group photo

Boris and Carrie Johnson were all smiles today as they formally greeted G7 leaders on the golden sands of Carbis Bay.

The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia dress, welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk. 

Mr Johnson, who notoriously boasted he was still shaking hands with everyone in the early stages of the pandemic, appeared to remind himself not to get too close, saying ‘Elbows!’  

Joe Biden was accompanied by wife Jill, while Angela Merkel was with her husband, but Justin Trudeau and Mario Draghi of Italy arrived alone. A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte, with Mr Johnson warmly referring to him as ‘Emmanuel’ despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol.

Mr Biden made a quip urging people to go swimming, saying ‘everyone in the water’- with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in.  

Jill Biden laughed: ‘I feel like we are at a wedding’. Later Mr Johnson joked that it was like ‘walking down the aisle.’   

The leaders then posed for the traditional family photograph – again socially distanced – before heading inside for the first summit session.

But there was time for one more move from Mr Macron. As Mr Johnson led the way at the urging of Mrs Merkel, the French President took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden’s shoulders and begin an animated discussion.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson bumps elbows with France's President Emmanuel Macron at Carbis Bay in Cornwall today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson bumps elbows with France's President Emmanuel Macron at Carbis Bay in Cornwall today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson bumps elbows with France’s President Emmanuel Macron at Carbis Bay in Cornwall today

The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia dress, welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk

The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia dress, welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk

The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia dress, welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with an elbow during the G7 summit today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with an elbow during the G7 summit today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with an elbow during the G7 summit today

European Council President Charles Michel's wife Amelie Derbaudrenghien (left) gets an elbow bump from Carrie Johnson

European Council President Charles Michel's wife Amelie Derbaudrenghien (left) gets an elbow bump from Carrie Johnson

European Council President Charles Michel’s wife Amelie Derbaudrenghien (left) gets an elbow bump from Carrie Johnson

Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for the G7 meeting today

Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for the G7 meeting today

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for the G7 meeting today

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are greeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an elbow bump today

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are greeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an elbow bump today

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are greeted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an elbow bump today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets France's President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte with an elbow bump today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets France's President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte with an elbow bump today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte with an elbow bump today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2-R) and his wife Carrie (R) welcome Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (2-L) and his wife Mariko Suga (L) during the G7 summit today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2-R) and his wife Carrie (R) welcome Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (2-L) and his wife Mariko Suga (L) during the G7 summit today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2-R) and his wife Carrie (R) welcome Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (2-L) and his wife Mariko Suga (L) during the G7 summit today

Justin Trudeau arrived alone to be greeted by the PM and Carrie on the beach at Carbis Bay

Justin Trudeau arrived alone to be greeted by the PM and Carrie on the beach at Carbis Bay

Justin Trudeau arrived alone to be greeted by the PM and Carrie on the beach at Carbis Bay

US President Joe Biden bumps elbows with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson in Cornwall today

US President Joe Biden bumps elbows with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson in Cornwall today

US President Joe Biden bumps elbows with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson in Cornwall today

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 2 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 3 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

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Ever since she wore that stunning gown on her wedding day, the Duchess of Cambridge has had a very special relationship with designer label Alexander McQueen.

She has worn McQueen for some of her most important events and engagements in the decade since then, so it’s really no surprise to see her debut this dahlia pink pencil dress to meet Dr. Jill Biden today in Cornwall today. The First Lady wore pink too thanks to her L’Agence blazer so they matched perfectly.

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Kate Middleton meets Dr Jill Biden in Cornwall to discuss female empowerment and education 6 The Duchess of Cambridge , 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes.

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A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte (both right), with Boris Johnson (left with Carrie) warmly referring to him as 'Emmanuel' despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol

A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte (both right), with Boris Johnson (left with Carrie) warmly referring to him as 'Emmanuel' despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol

A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte (both right), with Boris Johnson (left with Carrie) warmly referring to him as ‘Emmanuel’ despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol

Mr Biden quipped that everyone should go for a swim in the sea - with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in

Mr Biden quipped that everyone should go for a swim in the sea - with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in

Mr Biden quipped that everyone should go for a swim in the sea – with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in

Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga today

Boris Johnson's wife Carrie Johnson welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga today

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson welcomes Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets France's President Emmanuel Macron during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets France's President Emmanuel Macron during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets France’s President Emmanuel Macron during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay today

When they were seated around a table, Mr Johnson urged the leaders to ‘build back’ in a more ‘feminine’ way.

 ‘It is genuinely wonderful to see everybody in person. I can’t tell you what a difference it makes,’ he said.

‘We have all been going through the most wretched pandemic our countries have faced for our lifetimes, maybe longer, much longer.

‘And I actually think this is a meeting that genuinely needs to happen because 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 and we need to make sure that we now allow our economies to recover.

‘I think that they have the potential to bounce back very strongly and there is all sorts of reasons for being optimistic.

‘But it is vital that we don’t repeat the mistake of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession in 2008, when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society and I think what has gone wrong with this pandemic, or what risks being a lasting scar, is that I think the inequalities may be entrenched.

(L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for the group photo today

(L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for the group photo today

(L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi pose for the group photo today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for the G7 meeting today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for the G7 meeting today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during arrivals for the G7 meeting today

President Joe Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they put their arms round each other today

President Joe Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they put their arms round each other today

President Joe Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as they put their arms round each other today

US President Joe Biden and France's President Emmanuel Macron walk together during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay today

US President Joe Biden and France's President Emmanuel Macron walk together during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay today

US President Joe Biden and France’s President Emmanuel Macron walk together during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay today

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures next to US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden this afternoon

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures next to US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden this afternoon

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures next to US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden this afternoon

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C), his wife Carrie Johnson (L) and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) talk today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C), his wife Carrie Johnson (L) and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) talk today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C), his wife Carrie Johnson (L) and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) talk today

(L-R) Charles Michel, president of the European Council, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, Mario Draghi, Italy's prime minister, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, U.S. President Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, Emmanuel Macron, France's president, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, and Boris Johnson, today

(L-R) Charles Michel, president of the European Council, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, Mario Draghi, Italy's prime minister, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, U.S. President Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, Emmanuel Macron, France's president, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, and Boris Johnson, today

(L-R) Charles Michel, president of the European Council, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, Italy’s prime minister, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, U.S. President Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, and Boris Johnson, today

Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and Brigitte Macron, his wife, attend the first day of the G7 summit in Cornwall today

Emmanuel Macron, France's president, and Brigitte Macron, his wife, attend the first day of the G7 summit in Cornwall today

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, and Brigitte Macron, his wife, attend the first day of the G7 summit in Cornwall today 

(L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose

(L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose

(L-R) Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel pose

‘We need to make sure that as we recover we level up across our societies and we build back better.’

Tories have voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Mr Macron and demanded ‘pragmatism’ amid fears the trade rules are fuelling sectarian tensions in the province. 

Ramping up the so-called ‘sausage war’, the French president said it was ‘not serious’ to want to change the arrangements so quickly.

‘I think it’s not serious to want to review in June what we finalised after years of debate and work in December,’ he said,  adding that he will discuss the situation with Mr Johnson during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit today.

But Mr Johnson sounded defiance today, boosted by Joe Biden seemingly backing off a confrontation in their talks, insisting the trade rules are ‘excessively burdensome’.

And Tory MP David Jones told MailOnline: ‘It is posturing. He’s actually been posturing for quite a long time.

‘He’s in a very precarious position domestically and quite clearly he is attempting to show toughness as a way of boosting his chances in the approach to the presidential election.

‘Given that the UK and the US both agree that pragmatism is necessary, I would imagine that the EU will pay attention and, if so, he is going to be out of step with the rest of the bloc.’  

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen, council president Charles Michel and French president Emmanuel Marcon seemed pleased to see each other today

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen, council president Charles Michel and French president Emmanuel Marcon seemed pleased to see each other today

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen, council president Charles Michel and French president Emmanuel Marcon seemed pleased to see each other today 

Italian PM Mario Draghi joined the fun as the summit got under way this afternoon

Italian PM Mario Draghi joined the fun as the summit got under way this afternoon

Italian PM Mario Draghi joined the fun as the summit got under way this afternoon

Tories voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Emmanuel Macron (pictured arriving at the G7 summit with wife Brigitte today)

Tories voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Emmanuel Macron (pictured arriving at the G7 summit with wife Brigitte today)

Tories voiced fury at the obstructive stance from Emmanuel Macron (pictured arriving at the G7 summit with wife Brigitte today) 

Boris Johnson (left with Joe Biden yesterday) has branded the Northern Ireland protocol 'excessively burdensome'

Boris Johnson (left with Joe Biden yesterday) has branded the Northern Ireland protocol 'excessively burdensome'

Boris Johnson (left with Joe Biden yesterday) has branded the Northern Ireland protocol ‘excessively burdensome’

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson insisted they were in 'complete harmony' last night as they tried to sweep away explosive claims of an eve-of-summit diplomatic row. Pictured, blimps of the PM and president at Carbis Bay today

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson insisted they were in 'complete harmony' last night as they tried to sweep away explosive claims of an eve-of-summit diplomatic row. Pictured, blimps of the PM and president at Carbis Bay today

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson insisted they were in ‘complete harmony’ last night as they tried to sweep away explosive claims of an eve-of-summit diplomatic row. Pictured, blimps of the PM and president at Carbis Bay today

The row over the Northern Ireland Protocol have been threatening to overshadow the G7 gathering at Carbis Bay.

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson insisted they were in ‘complete harmony’ last night as they tried to sweep away explosive claims of an eve-of-summit diplomatic row. 

After their first face-to-face talks, the Prime Minister said he and President Biden shared ‘common ground’ over maintaining Ulster peace and the Good Friday Agreement.

Brussels is threatening to retaliate if Britain takes unilateral action to continue the flow of British-produced chilled meats to Northern Ireland when a grace period ends this month.

G7 leaders including Angela Merkel arrived for the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today

G7 leaders including Angela Merkel arrived for the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today

G7 leaders including Angela Merkel arrived for the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall today 

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko were among the arrivals today

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko were among the arrivals today

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko were among the arrivals today

Italian PM Mario Draghi waved to waiting media as he arrived at the summit in Cornwall today

Italian PM Mario Draghi waved to waiting media as he arrived at the summit in Cornwall today

Italian PM Mario Draghi waved to waiting media as he arrived at the summit in Cornwall today

There have been colourful climate protests going on near the gathering of world leaders

There have been colourful climate protests going on near the gathering of world leaders

There have been colourful climate protests going on near the gathering of world leaders 

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10 

The President of the United States, Joe Biden stands next to the The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving a thumbs up in front of the G7 sign while at the G7 Leaders' Summit. Carbis Bay, Cornwall

The President of the United States, Joe Biden stands next to the The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving a thumbs up in front of the G7 sign while at the G7 Leaders' Summit. Carbis Bay, Cornwall

The President of the United States, Joe Biden stands next to the The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson giving a thumbs up in front of the G7 sign while at the G7 Leaders’ Summit. Carbis Bay, Cornwall

How sausages sparked a cold meat war between the UK and EU 

The ‘sausage war’ row is the latest front in the ongoing stand-off between Britain and the European Union over Northern Ireland. 

When Boris Johnson agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels to make Brexit happen it included the Northern Ireland Protocol.

This is a complex trade agreement that tries to deal with the fact that Ulster is the only part of the UK with an EU land border, with Ireland.

The new arrangements have caused some disruption to trade since the start of the year as firms have struggled with new processes and administration. 

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of sectarian violence in Ulster, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland must remain ‘soft’, ie no ‘hard’ border posts with checks on traffic. 

The NIP, which was signed off by both sides, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market for goods in order to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

Despite Mr Johnson’s claims to the contrary,  it has meant erecting a trade barrier in the Irish Sea for goods crossing from Great Britain, which have to face customs checks before entering Northern Ireland – even if they are not being taken into the Republic.

A six-month ‘grace period’ for these checks was agreed to allow the infrastructure to be put in place, which runs out at the end of June. 

But the checks have infuriated the loyalist community in Northern Ireland, who are outraged at the internal UK free market is being interrupted. 

Earlier this year, armed loyalist groups said they were temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal.

The groups said they believed Britain, Ireland and the EU had breached their commitments to the peace deal.

The UK Government has not ruled out unilaterally extending the check-free period after June 30, but that has angered the EU, which says that the UK must honour the deal it signed up to less than six months ago. 

Brussels has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit ‘divorce’ settlement which Mr Johnson signed. 

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic last said patience with the UK was wearing ‘very, very thin’ after talks in London ended in deadlock.  

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Britain accused the EU of adopting a ‘purist’ approach to the Brexit withdrawal deal in Northern Ireland amid warnings that sales of sausages from the rest of the UK could be blocked. 

Mr Johnson, who will hold talks with EU leaders over the course of the G7 summit, told the BBC: ‘You will understand that there are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work, that may be excessively burdensome.

‘I just give you one statistic: 20% of the checks conducted across the whole of the perimeter of the EU are now done in Northern Ireland, three times as many as happen in Rotterdam.’

The new post-Brexit arrangements came into effect on January 1 and the dispute is still simmering, but Mr Johnson insisted ‘I think we can sort it out’.

Downing Street has been urging Brussels to show ‘common sense and pragmatism’.

The appeal came after European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic said the EU would act ‘swiftly, firmly and resolutely’ if the UK tried to backtrack on its obligations under the deal.

It came amid reports Britain is ready to act unilaterally to delay imposition of checks on chilled meats such as sausages and chicken nuggets coming to Northern Ireland from Great Britain when the current ‘grace period’ expires at the end of June.

While the Prime Minister’s official spokesman refused to be drawn on what steps the Government would take if there was no agreement by that point, he insisted there was no justification for barring chilled meats from Northern Irish shops.

‘Any ban would be contrary to the aims of the protocol and the interests of the people of Northern Ireland,’ the spokesman said.

‘The protocol was a compromise. We didn’t expect the EU to take a purist approach when implementing it. We are working very hard to try to resolve these issues consensually.

‘The Prime Minister has always made clear we will consider all our options in meeting our responsibility to sustain peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.

‘We hope that the EU will show the common sense and pragmatism needed to make progress.’

His comments came after Environment Secretary George Eustice dismissed the idea of controls on the movement of chilled meats between the rest of the UK and Northern Ireland as ‘bonkers’.

‘I think that’s a nonsense. I think we’ve got a very good sausage industry in this country, we’ve got the highest standards of food hygiene in the world,’ he told LBC.

Earlier, Mr Sefcovic raised the prospect of a trade war – with Brussels imposing tariffs and quotas on British exports – if the UK failed to meet its international obligations under the the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The deal – intended to ensure there is no return to a hard border with the Republic – means that Northern Ireland remains part of the EU single market, which in turn requires checks on some goods coming from Great Britain.

But Mr Sefcovic – who will hold talks with Brexit minister Lord Frost on Wednesday – said there had been ‘numerous and fundamental gaps’ in the UK’s implementation of the agreement.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said that if Britain took further unilateral actions the EU ‘will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the UK abides by its international law obligations’.

Asked yesterday if the President had made his alarm about the situation with the Northern Ireland Protocol clear, Mr Johnson said simply: ‘No, he didn’t.’

He added: ‘What I can say is that America – the United States, Washington – the UK, plus the European Union, have one thing we absolutely all want to do and that is to uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and make sure we keep the balance of the peace process going. That’s absolutely common ground and I’m optimistic that we can do that.’

Claims of a row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and the post-Brexit trading relationship between the UK and the EU had threatened to overshadow the G7. Asked yesterday if the President had made his alarm about the situation with the Northern Ireland Protocol clear, Mr Johnson said simply: ¿No, he didn¿t'

Claims of a row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and the post-Brexit trading relationship between the UK and the EU had threatened to overshadow the G7. Asked yesterday if the President had made his alarm about the situation with the Northern Ireland Protocol clear, Mr Johnson said simply: ¿No, he didn¿t'

Claims of a row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and the post-Brexit trading relationship between the UK and the EU had threatened to overshadow the G7. Asked yesterday if the President had made his alarm about the situation with the Northern Ireland Protocol clear, Mr Johnson said simply: ‘No, he didn’t’

Meanwhile, a senior US administration official also tried to play down the row yesterday, insisting that the President had not come ‘to give a lecture’ on the issue.

‘The US is not in those negotiations and not seeking to be in those negotiations,’ the official said. 

‘We are instead a strong and vigorous supporter of practical, creative, flexible, results-oriented negotiations that, at the end of the day, produce a result that protects all of the gains that the people of Northern Ireland have made.

Pair discuss Harry Dunn 

The Prime Minister raised the case of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn in his first face-to-face meeting with Joe Biden.

Boris Johnson reiterated that the UK wants justice for Harry, 19, who was killed when a car on the wrong side of the road crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton, a US intelligence base in Northamptonshire, in August 2019.

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official at the base, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving but had sought diplomatic immunity and returned to the US, sparking an international controversy. The Dunn family said they were ‘very pleased’ to see the case raised at the ‘first available opportunity’.

They have challenged Mrs Sacoolas’s immunity, which will be heard in the Court of Appeal next year. Mr Dunn’s parents have also brought a civil claim against the suspect and her husband in Virginia in the US.

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‘It will not be confrontational or adversarial or… he didn’t come here to give a lecture. He came merely to communicate what he believes very, very deeply about peace in Northern Ireland.’

It was alleged yesterday that Mr Biden had ordered officials to issue a rare diplomatic rebuke to the UK only last week over its continued opposition to the full implementation of the Protocol. 

It was reported that Yael Lempert, America’s most senior diplomat in Britain, had told Lord Frost, the Brexit minister, that the Government was ‘inflaming’ tensions with its opposition to checks at Northern Irish ports.

Minutes of the meeting on June 3 were said to have revealed that Lord Frost was told of Mr Biden’s ‘great concern’ over his stance.

It was said to have resulted in a ‘demarche’ – a formal diplomatic communication or protest.

The disclosure of Mr Biden’s apparent protest sparked anger in some quarters yesterday, with new DUP leader Edwin Poots saying that the President’s alleged intervention was ‘not well informed’.

He accused America of potentially ‘ignoring’ problems with the Protocol. Mr Poots warned BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘America may be prepared to drive a coach and horses through the Good Friday Agreement.’

A Whitehall source played down the significance of the demarche, saying it was ‘not uncommon’ for allies to voice their disagreements in diplomatic notes.

There was irritation at the leaking of the note, with some suspecting it was done by anti-Brexit officials to damage the Government.

Brexiteer MP Peter Bone said: ‘If he is just urging a resolution of the dispute, that’s fine – we want a resolution. But he should not be taking the EU’s side.’

Pro-Remain Tory MP Tom Tugendhat said: ‘I’m surprised that the President decided to enter this debate so publicly at a very sensitive time for all parties.’

But Irish premier Micheal Martin said Mr Biden’s rebuke was a call to do the ‘sensible thing’ and resolve trade issues with the EU. 

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