Day 1 of the 2021 G7 summit

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Updated 11:35 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021
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2:41 p.m. ET, June 11, 2021

Biden poses with the Queen and other world leaders

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center, poses for a photograph with, from left, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson , Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel and US President Joe Biden, during an evening reception at The Eden Project in England on June 11.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center, poses for a photograph with, from left, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson , Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel and US President Joe Biden, during an evening reception at The Eden Project in England on June 11. Jack Hill/Pool/Getty Images

President Biden posed with Queen Elizabeth II and other G7 leaders ahead of a reception in Cornwall.

Biden was seated two seats away from the Queen, who was positioned center-stage during a photo-op at the Eden Project environmental site.

After the Queen stood up to conclude the photo, other leaders gathered around her, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Biden stayed back, speaking with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi as the group walked back into the venue.

It did not appear from the on-camera portion that Biden spoke one-on-one with the Queen during this engagement.

1:55 p.m. ET, June 11, 2021

Biden arrives at Eden Project for reception with G7 leaders and Queen

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden have arrived at the Eden Project, a Cornish botanical garden, where they will be joining G7 leaders and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as other members of the Royal Family, for a reception and dinner.

The first lady wore a trench coat and the President wore a suit and tie. 

The Queen arrived earlier this hour with Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

1:40 p.m. ET, June 11, 2021

Prince Charles to call on international community to work together and mobilize for the planet

From CNN’s Max Foster in Hampshire, England

During a speech at the G7 Summit in Cornwall on Friday, the Prince of Wales is set to call on world leaders to work together and mobilize to tackle the climate crisis, as they have mobilized to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The fight against this terrible pandemic provides 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,” Prince Charles is expected to say during his address, according to a news release from Clarence House. 

“We are doing it for the pandemic. We must also do it for the planet,” he will add.  

The address will come just a day after the Prince of Wales hosted members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) at St James’s Palace to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the global climate crisis. 

“The Prince of Wales has worked for over 50 years to address environmental issues and tackle climate change. His Royal Highness believes that economic and social development will best succeed when it works in harmony, rather than in conflict, with nature,” Clarence House said Thursday in a statement. 

During a speech on Thursday, the Prince of Wales described “potentially game-changing” partnerships between government, business and private sector finance as being ��absolutely vital” to combatting climate change and biodiversity loss. 

“Unless we can actually unlock private sector resource, innovation and finance…we just don’t stand a chance of solving the existential crises we have engineered over the years,” he added. 

1:51 p.m. ET, June 11, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II will meet G7 leaders at a reception in Cornwall

From CNN's Luke McGee, Lindsay Isaac and Kevin Liptak

Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the royal family are set to meet G7 leaders and their partners at a reception in Cornwall, England.

The 95-year-old Queen, the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the reception at the Eden Project, a famous visitor attraction located in a reclaimed china clay pit.  

The dinner comes after the initial day of meetings at the G7 summit. The leaders of the world's advanced economies gathered Friday on the Cornish coast for the first time since the global coronavirus pandemic began.

The global economy is up first on the agenda, with the global tax rate and aid for countries in need on the docket. These efforts, the White House said, will "forge a more fair and inclusive global economy" as the world leaders gather in Cornwall.

President Biden and the G7 leaders, the White House said, will "discuss ways to forge a more fair, sustainable, and inclusive global economy that meets the unique challenges of our time. President Biden and G7 partners are committed to a global recovery that benefits the middle class and working families at home and around the world."

What happens tomorrow: The world leaders will have back-to-back plenary sessions where they are expected to continue to discuss multiple topics including the economy and foreign policy.

Read more about today's events here.

Queen Elizabeth's history with US Presidents:

12:02 p.m. ET, June 11, 2021

CNN's Jeff Zeleny answers your questions about the G7 summit

Leon Neal/Pool/AFP/Getty Images
Leon Neal/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of the world's major economies have arrived in Carbis Bay, England, for the start of an in-person G7 summit.

It's the first time US President Biden is meeting his counterparts since being sworn in earlier this year. The global tax rate and coronavirus aid and recovery, as well as climate change and cybersecurity are set to be big topics of discussion.

CNN's chief national affairs correspondent Jeff Zeleny answered viewers' questions live from England. Watch:

11:50 a.m. ET, June 11, 2021

At least 12 UK police officers self-isolating after officer supporting G7 tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s James Frater in England

The MS Silja Europa, (R), which is housing police officers, is berthed in the harbor at Falmouth, Cornwall on June 10.
The MS Silja Europa, (R), which is housing police officers, is berthed in the harbor at Falmouth, Cornwall on June 10. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

At least 12 UK police officers supporting policing efforts at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, are now self-isolating after one police officer tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed Friday in a statement. 

“As part of our testing regime, during the early hours of 11 June we have identified one officer who is currently supporting G7 policing and accommodated on the ferry, has given a positive lateral flow test for COVID-19,” the police statement said. 

According to Devon and Cornwall Police, the officer was being accommodated on the MS Silja Europa ferry, which is housing some 1,000 police officers and members of staff over the course of the G7 Summit. 

“The officer, plus those who have come into close contact, are currently self-isolating at another designated location,” the statement from Devon and Cornwall Police said.

“All who have come into close contact or are in the bubble of those who tested positive are also currently self-isolating which equates to 12 officers in total,” the statement added.  

Devon and Cornwall Police have affirmed that they continue to follow the advice of Public Health England, adding that all those who receive a positive lateral flow test for coronavirus are then required to undertake a PCR test.

11:39 a.m. ET, June 11, 2021

French President Macron calls for "concrete commitments" from G7 leaders after roundtable talks

From CNN's Nada Bashir

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on G7 leaders to make “concrete commitments” to tackle global challenges, adding that this year’s summit in Cornwall, England, “must be one of action.”

“We have a responsibility to set clear goals and make concrete commitments to meet the challenges of our time,” Macron said in a tweet on Friday following a roundtable discussion with G7 leaders. 

“I am glad to see you again, dear partners and friends. Let’s get to work, together,” he added. 

Earlier on Friday, Macron shared a photo with other European leaders at the opening of the summit, tweeting: “As ever, the same union, the same determination to act, the same enthusiasm.”

The French Embassy in the UK described the summit on Friday as a “historic opportunity” for leaders to address issues facing the world, including the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine distribution; fighting global inequality; and tackling the climate crisis. 

The French president also tweeted a video with US President Joe Biden. The two leaders met for the first time at the G7 summit:

10:51 a.m. ET, June 11, 2021

Kremlin is not expecting a joint Putin-Biden press conference but is ready for one

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Peter Kovalev/TASS/Getty Images

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN’s Matthew Chance in an exclusive interview on Friday that Russia is not expecting a joint press conference at the end of Putin-Biden summit in Geneva set to take place next Wednesday.

However, the Kremlin said negotiations are continuing on the final format of the summit and no final decision has been reached. 

“We heard about such a possibility from our American counterparts, but we are still waiting for final confirmation but since the very beginning President Putin has been open to any alternatives,” Peskov said. 

Peskov told CNN Putin is ready to participate in a joint press conference or hold one of his own in Geneva.  

Peskov added Putin is not going to Geneva just to appear on the same platform as Biden but because “the poor state of relations” between the US and Russia demands a summit. 

Earlier today, CNN reported that Biden and Putin are not currently expected to hold a joint press conference following their high-stakes summit in Geneva, according two US officials familiar with the matter said.

The final plans are still being formulated, and could change. But officials putting together the day's events said that as of Friday no joint press conference was expected.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak contributed reporting to this post. 

10:41 a.m. ET, June 11, 2021

G7 leaders have "huge opportunity" to work together on pandemic recovery, Johnson says

From CNN's Nada Bashir

Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The leaders of the G7 will work together as part of a “united vision” to support the recovery of the global economy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday, describing the summit as a “huge opportunity” for leaders to learn from mistakes made during the global coronavirus pandemic. 

“We need to make sure that we don’t repeat some of the errors that we made over the course of the last 18 months or so, and we need to make sure that we now allow our economies to recover, and I think that they have the potential to bounce back very strongly,” Johnson said. 

“There are all sorts of reasons to be optimistic, but it is vital that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession in 2008, when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society,” he added. 

Speaking ahead of a roundtable discussion with G7 leaders on the first day of a three-day summit in Cornwall, England, the British prime minister stressed the need for equal recovery across society.

“I think what’s gone wrong with this pandemic, or what risks being a lasting scar, is that I think the inequalities may be entrenched. We need to make sure that, as we recover, we level up across our societies and we build back better,” Johnson said. 

“I think that is what the people of our countries now want us to focus on. They want us to be sure that we’re beating the pandemic together and discussing how we’ll never have a repeat of what we’ve seen, but also that we’re building back better together, building back greener, building back fairer and building back more equal and in a more gender-neutral and more feminine way — how about that,” he added.