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Here's what happened on day 1 of the 2021 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, welcoming President Biden as a new member who arrived here intent on restoring traditional American alliances.

With a pandemic raging in much of the world, a global economy still in shock and threats rising from Russia and China, the Group of 7 summit that formally began on Friday was shaping up to potentially be one of the most consequential in recent memory. The gathered nations will pledge to donate 1 billion Covid vaccine doses, with the US providing about half of those shots.

Biden has ramped up those stakes, framing the moment as one just as momentous as the years during and after World War II, when the US, the United Kingdom and their allies worked together to help the world recover.

His day began with the landmark “family photo,” a symbolic moment for a President who has long sought a place in the club of world leaders. The group smiled for the picture with scenic Carbis Bay in the background.

Biden was seen in friendly conversation with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada as he walked to the platform. As the leaders were returning inside after the photo was taken, Biden walked arm-in-arm with Macron, whom he had not yet met as president.

Already, Biden has used his first trip abroad as President to announce a purchase of new vaccines for the developing world, likening it to American wartime efforts building tanks and airplanes. And he sat down for his first face-to-face meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister in a photo op designed to replicate a historic World War II alliance.

He’s sought to convey a message of unity after four years of fractured alliances under then-President Trump.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that she is “very happy” to have Biden at the summit, saying that the G7 Summit will send a “strong” message in support of multilateralism.

“I am, of course, happy that the American President is present here. Being able to meet Joe Biden is obviously important because he stands for the commitment to multilateralism which we were missing in recent years,” Merkel said.

“We will find strong words here in support of multilateralism and also for values based multilateralism which will lead to a dispute with Russia and in some aspects also with China,” she added.

Read more about day 1 here.

Biden had a pull-aside meeting with Macron, White House says

President Joe Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron after posing for the G-7 family photo with guests at the G-7 summit on Friday.

President Biden had a pull-aside meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday during the G7 summit, their first substantial in-person interaction since Biden took office.

The two will also hold a more formal bilateral meeting on Saturday, a White House spokesperson said.

“The Leaders discussed a range of regional and bilateral issues, including COVID-19 and counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel, and affirmed the importance of the U.S.-France partnership and the Transatlantic alliance,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“President Biden enjoyed a positive and productive first day of discussions at the G7, focused on ways we can collaborate to build a more inclusive and fair global economy,” the spokesperson added.

Biden gifted Johnson an American-made bicycle

President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson exchanged gifts as part of their gathering in Cornwall for the G7 summit.

Biden gave Johnson a custom-made touring bike and helmet from Bilenky Cycle Works, a Philadelphia-based family business, as a “gesture of friendship and in recognition of their shared interest in cycling,” the White House said.

Johnson gave Biden a framed photograph of a mural of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. First lady Jill Biden received a first edition novel by 20th century British author Daphne du Maurier.

Biden poses with the Queen and other world leaders

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.

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.

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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:

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

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:

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

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

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.

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

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:

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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. 

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

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. 

EU leaders declare China a "systemic rival"

European Union leaders declared China a “systemic rival, a partner on global issues and a competitor” at a meeting in Cornwall, England, ahead of the Group of Seven summit, the French presidency said on Friday. 

The G7 member nations intend to pursue this issue with President Biden during the summit in Cornwall, England, the statement added. 

The heads of state also addressed global access to Covid-19 vaccines. To achieve this, France intends to strengthen the World Health Organization’s Act-A initiative, implement in-kind donations and mobilize pharmaceutical laboratories, the statement said. 

These efforts should achieve a 60% vaccination of the population of the Global South by March 2022, in particular in Africa, according to the French presidency.

Germany's Merkel "very happy" to meet with Biden, says G7 will send "strong" message on multilateralism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is “very happy” to meet with US President Biden, adding that the G7 Summit will send a “strong” message in support of multilateralism.

“I am of course happy that the American President is present here. Being able to meet Joe Biden is obviously important because he stands for the commitment to multilateralism which we were missing in recent years,” Merkel said.

“We will find strong words here in support of multilateralism and also for values based multilateralism which will lead to a dispute with Russia and in some aspects also with China,” she added. 

Addressing reporters shortly after her arrival at the summit in Cornwall, England, the German Chancellor said she hopes G7 leaders will be able to achieve positive results on issues including the re-starting of the global economy, climate protection and global access to coronavirus vaccines. 

“We need everyone across the world, we want to work together, especially on the issue of climate protection and biodiversity where we will never find solutions without China,” Merkel said. 

“I hope we will achieve very good results here to show that we are not only thinking of ourselves but also of those who do not yet have a possibility to get vaccinated, especially the countries in Africa but also elsewhere,” she added. 

Earlier today, the White House said Biden will welcome German chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House next month. The White House said Merkel will visit on July 15. It will be her first visit to Washington during Biden’s presidency, and likely her final US visit in a long era as chancellor.

Merkel is not seeking a fifth term and will depart office. Elections to replace her are in September.

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

Biden’s meeting with Putin next week is not a “reset” or “reward,” US national security official says 

Amanda Sloat, the National Security Council’s senior director for Europe, said President Biden’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is “certainly not a reset.”

“This is not a reward. I think the President believes that there are areas where we can work with the Russians, for example on things like strategic stability, which is important not only to the United States but also to our European allies. And at the same time, the President has made very clear that he is going to address our differences,” she told CNN’s Jim Sciutto today.

“And the President really believes he’s going to have the wind at his back as he moves into this meeting with President Putin” on June 16 following the G7 and NATO summits, she said. 

Sloat also said that Biden’s “overarching message” is that “democracies can work and that democracies can come together to address these challenges.” 

There will be conversations during the three-day G7 summit about ransomware and emerging threats, as well as infrastructure and the Covid-19 pandemic, she said. 

As Biden and the first lady were returning indoors after the G7 “family photo,” reporters asked the President what his message was for Putin.

“I’ll tell you after I deliver it,” he said before walking indoors.

CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed reporting to this post.

G7 leaders pose for "family photo" ahead of first day of summit

The G7 leaders posed for the landmark “family photo” in Carbis Bay, England ahead of the first plenary session of the three-day summit.

It’s a major moment for President Biden, who has been near the center of the American foreign policy establishment for decades but never as a member of the world leaders’ club.

On Friday, he took his place alongside the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the European Union to pose for a photo marking the start of the G7 summit. Biden posed to the right of Johnson during the photo.

Biden was seen in friendly conversation with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada as he walked to the platform. As the leaders were returning inside after the photo was taken, Biden walked arm-in-arm with Macron, whom he had not yet met as president.

More on today’s agenda: The leaders of the world’s advanced economies are gathering today on the Cornish coast for the first time since the global coronavirus pandemic began, welcoming Biden as a new member who arrived here intent on restoring traditional American alliances.

The global economy is up first in the summit, 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.

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.”

The group is expected to announce an endorsement for the global minimum tax of at least 15%, a Biden-led overhaul of the global tax system, after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and her finance minister counterparts announced an agreement on the matter earlier this month in London.

Read more about today’s meetings here.

Watch the historic moment here:

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Biden arrives for first G7 summit as President

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden were greeted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson for the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, England.

The group shared an elbow bump upon greeting. The G7 leaders are expected to take the landmark “family photo” soon.

Biden was the second-to-last leader to greet host Johnson. The two men and their wives posed for a photo with Carbis Bay as the backdrop before the Bidens kept walking into the venue.

Earlier today, the US first lady met Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, touring a school in Cornwall, England, near the G7 summit.

Biden and the Duchess focused their meeting on children and education during their first-ever meeting, which took place at Conor Downs Academy, inside a classroom of 4- and 5-year-old students. 

CNN’s Kate Bennett contributed reporting to this post. 

Biden and Putin not expected to hold joint presser after high-stakes meeting next week

President Biden and Russian President Putin are not currently expected to hold a joint news conference following their high-stakes summit in Geneva next week, two US officials familiar with the matter say.

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.

This is a change from three years ago, when then-President Trump met privately for two hours with Putin in Helsinki. Both leaders spoke to reporters after, which is when Trump sided with the Kremlin over US intelligence agencies. 

US officials said they expect to be negotiating details of the summit’s structure and format with their Russian counterparts until the hours before it begins.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said earlier this week that details like a joint press conference were still being sorted.

“All of that is still being worked out,” he said. “So when I’ve got more to report on the modalities, both in terms of how the meeting will be structured and the press elements, we’ll come back to you.”

Sullivan said as Biden was flying to England to begin his foreign trip that the President himself did plan to speak afterward.

“He does want to have an opportunity after that meeting to read it out and speak about his impressions and what he sees as the way forward,” he said.

In the weeks following Biden’s invitation to Putin for a summit meeting in Europe, officials from the two sides have negotiated details of the encounter, including its agenda and location.

Some more background: Putin has a history of joint news conferences with his American counterparts, including a much-maligned appearance alongside then-President Donald Trump in Helsinki. Trump drew criticism for appearing to side with Putin instead of American intelligence agencies after a question on election meddling.

Officials who have been involved in arranging past US meetings with Putin say the Russian side often pushes for a joint press conference, hoping to elevate Putin’s stature by having him appear alongside the American leader.

It’s one of several fraught decisions that go into planning meetings with Putin.

Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden express hope UK-US can work together to better early education

During a visit to a local elementary school in Cornwall on the first day of the G7 Summit, the Duchess of Cambridge and First lady Jill Biden, expressed their hopes for the United Kingdom and the United States to work together to support the improvement of early childhood education.  

“Ultimately, my hope is that we change the way we think about early childhood, ready for generations to come,” Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, said Friday during a roundtable discussion on the importance of early childhood on lifelong outcomes.

“I am committed to this for the long term. I hope our two countries can keep sharing data, knowledge and best practice for many years to come,” she added. 

Speaking alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, the US first lady said she is “sure” the two countries will continue to work together, expressing how important she feels early childhood education is for all. 

While touring a classroom and meeting with pupils at the Connor Downs Academy, Biden also expressed how “impressed” she was by the “inspiring” pupils she met and the work of the school to support early years education. 

Asked by reporters how important she feels early childhood education will be for children during and after the global coronavirus pandemic, the first lady touched on her own experience as an educator, describing early years education as “the foundation of everything.” 

“I can tell you that as a teacher at the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind, so this is amazing to see what these children are doing, and how far advanced they are at four and five years old,” Biden said. 

Read more about their meeting today here.

The first day of the G7 summit kicks off today. Here's what you should know about the meeting.

Police officers stand near a sign outside the media center on the first day of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, England, on Friday, June 11.

President Biden’s first international trip since taking office includes a G7 summit, where he will look to reestablish US leadership on key global topics. The first day of the three-day summit is today in Carbis Bay, England.

Here’s what you need to know about the summit:

What is the G7?

The G7 is shorthand for Group of Seven, an organization of leaders from some of the world’s largest economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Russia was indefinitely suspended from the group — which was at the time known as the G8 — in 2014 after the majority of member countries allied against its annexation of Crimea.

What does the G7 do?

Members of the G7 meet each year for a summit to discuss global issues, such as international security and the world economy, and coordinate policy. This year, recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to be a big topic.

In a statement ahead of the summit, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would urge his fellow G7 leaders to make concrete commitments to vaccinate the world, as well as give support to the “Global Pandemic Radar” — a new global surveillance system intended to protect immunization programs.

What power does the G7 have?

The group has often produced decisions with global consequences.

Ahead of this year’s summit, for instance, G7 finance ministers agreed to back a global minimum tax of at least 15% on multinational companies. The G7 group also agreed that the biggest companies should pay tax where they generate sales, and not just where they have a physical presence.

Read more about the G7 here.

First lady Jill Biden and the Duchess of Cambridge visit classroom in Cornwall 

First Lady Jill Biden and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, met for the first time at the Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall.

The classroom was full of children around the ages of four and five.

“It’s the quietest class I’ve ever been into,” the Duchess said.

The teacher shared that the children are learning about how to make the world greener and a better place, “which is what we know the G7 is all about,” he said.

Biden said early childhood education during a pandemic is “very important.”

“It is the foundation of everything. I can tell you that as a teacher in the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind. So this is amazing to see what these children are doing, and how far advanced they are at 4 and 5 years old,” she said.

The children also shared their reading skills with Biden and the duchess.

The two women later sat at a table where the children were drawing their own renditions of famous landmarks, including the White House. Biden pointed to parts of it to the children, like where her bedroom was.

Watch Jill Biden and the Duchess interact with the children:

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CNN’s Arlette Saenz contributed reporting to this post.

German chancellor Angela Merkel will visit White House in July

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured during a press conference on June 10, in Berlin, Germany.

US President Joe Biden will welcome German chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House next month, the White House said on Friday.

Biden has not met formally with Merkel, but has spoken to her by phone. He will see her in person at the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The White House said Merkel will visit on July 15. It will be her first visit to Washington during Biden’s presidency, and likely her final US visit in a long era as chancellor.

Merkel is not seeking a fifth term and will depart office. Elections to replace her are in September.

“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” the White House said.

“The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values.” 

And here's what's for dinner tonight ...

No high-level political summit is ever complete without a swanky dinner featuring local delicacies.

Queen Elizabeth and other senior members of the royal family are set to meet G7 leaders and their partners at a reception in Cornwall, England on Friday. 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 Eden Project is pictured in June 2020 in St Austel, England.

While the hosting country’s national cuisine tends to dominate formal menus at events like this, there while be no fish and chips or beans on toast on the menu for Friday.

Instead, the meal that chef Emily Scott will serve to the G7 leaders will reflect the location of the G7 summit, Cornwall. Here is the menu, according to a statement from the Downing Street:

  • Spiced melon, gazpacho, coconut, high-note herbs
  • Turbot roasted on the bone, caught by Cornish fishermen off the coast at Newquay; Cornish new potatoes and wild garlic with greens from the local Padstow kitchen gardens
  • Cornish cheese — Gouda, Yarg, Helford Blue
  • English Strawberry Pavlova 
  • Petits Fours: Clotted cream fudge, Mini-clotted cream ice-cream cone with chocolate Earl Grey truffles

CNN’s Luke McGee and Lindsay Isaac contributed reporting to this post. 

First Lady Jill Biden is meeting with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge today

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and First Lady Jill Biden.

First lady Jill Biden will meet with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge this week while she is in England, Kensington Palace told CNN on Thursday, as the first family makes their first international trip.

Biden and Kate will focus on children and education during their first-ever meeting on Friday, a White House official told CNN. The two women will participate in a roundtable about early childhood education and tour a school in Cornwall.

Another White House official said the event would include touring a classroom and a walk outside for a show and tell from the children of how they take care of rabbits. The two women will also hold a roundtable with early childhood experts from the US over Zoom.

Kate, with her husband the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, has taken a larger public-facing role in recent years in the United Kingdom, championing causes including mental health, the overall well-being of children, the importance of sports and visual arts, as well as the importance of getting the Covid-19 vaccine. She posted a photo of herself on her social media accounts receiving her first dose on May 29.

Biden has also taken several recent trips to various parts of the United States encouraging people to get vaccinated. The meeting in England between Biden and the Duchess has been in the works for the last couple of weeks, a White House official tells CNN.

The first lady is accompanying President Joe Biden for his first Group of 7 summit, which is being held in Cornwall, England, from Friday to Sunday. The Bidens arrived in England on Wednesday. On Thursday, the President and first lady met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson. Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson had a separate meeting over tea and a tour of St. Michael’s Mount off the coast of Cornwall.

Some more background: The President and first lady will also meet with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday. It will be the Queen’s first major meeting with a world leader since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April, and comes after a year in which most of her in-person engagements were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jill Biden will return to the United States after meeting the Queen.

While Jill Biden has for several years been friends with Prince Harry, whom she met in 2012 while second lady, she has not met other senior members of the royal family.

Thousands protest in Belfast against Northern Ireland protocol, casting shadow over G7 summit

The Northern Ireland protocol, part of the Brexit agreement, is expected to come up during the G7 summit discussion – but protesters in Belfast, Northern Ireland have already expressed their anger with the current situation.

Protests erupted in Belfast on Thursday night, as more than 3,000 people took part in an unplanned procession through the city, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

Social media footage from the scene showed loyalist protesters setting fire to a large united Ireland banner used by republican party Sinn Féin.

Loyalists maintain that the protocol, which seeks to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (part of the EU), impinges upon their sense of British identity.

To prevent the hard border, the protocol keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s customs area and single market for goods, meaning there is no need for physical checks for goods crossing the border. But in doing so, the arrangement has created a de facto sea border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Talks between the UK and EU over the protocol have stalled with the bloc pushing for it to be implemented. The UK has yet to fully implement the protocol, for fear of food shortages in Northern Ireland among other things.

US President Joe Biden has maintained his commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, the 1998 peace accord that ended three decades of violence.

Biden discussed the situation with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the run-up to the summit in Cornwall.  

Johnson denied rumors that Biden had pressured him over the implementation of the protocol, telling reporters the US, UK and EU “have one thing we absolutely all want to do, and that is to uphold the Good Friday, the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and make sure we keep the balance of the peace process going.”

Biden "extremely sympathetic" over the case of Harry Dunn

Harry Dunn

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that US President Joe Biden expressed a “great deal of sympathy” over the case of Harry Dunn, a British teenager who died after being hit by a car driven by a US diplomat’s wife.

Anne Sacoolas, the driver, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the UK after the crash outside RAF Croughton, a central England military base controlled by the US Air Force.

Britain’s attempt to extradite Sacoolas to face charges of causing death by dangerous driving was declined by US authorities, and the incident has sparked an ongoing diplomatic spat between the two countries.

In a statement