Biden and Middleton will focus on children and education at their very first meeting on Friday, a White House official told CNN. The two women will participate in a panel discussion on early childhood education and visit a school in Hayle, Cornwall.
Middleton, along with her husband the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, has played a more prominent role with the public in recent years in the UK, advocating for causes such as mental health, general child welfare, the importance of sport and visual arts. , as well as the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Middleton posted a photo of herself on her social media accounts receiving her first dose on May 29.
Biden has also made several recent trips to various parts of the United States to encourage people to get vaccinated. The England meeting between Biden and Middleton has been in the works for a few weeks, a White House official told CNN.
The first lady accompanies President Joe Biden to his first Group of 7 summit, which is held in Cornwall, England, from Friday to Sunday. The Bidens arrived in England on Wednesday. On Thursday, the President and the 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 Mount St. Michael’s off the Cornwall coast.
“The First Lady has her own independent program during the G7,” said Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa. “On Wednesday at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, she spoke about the importance of supporting military families. She also hosted a panel discussion with spouses of U.S. military personnel that focus on the well-being and emotional health of service members and their families.
The events and discussion work in concert with one of Biden’s initiatives, Joining Forces, which supports military families. Along with Middleton, Biden is expected to once again shine the spotlight on the military, as well as the alliance between America and the UK, the White House official said.
The President and the First Lady will also meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
This 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 have been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jill Biden will return to the United States after meeting the Queen.
While Jill Biden has been friends for several years with Prince Harry, whom she met in 2012 as a second lady, she has not met other senior members of the royal family.
CNN’s Max Foster and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.