Making one of her rare public appearances since the death of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II proved that she has not lost her humor by rubbing shoulders with world leaders at a reception of the G-7 Friday.
The three-day summit of leaders from the Group of Seven economies – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the United States – began on Friday and will continue until ‘see sunday in the UK. Friday’s reception at the Eden Project, a botanical garden home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, was hosted by the 95-year-old reigning monarch.
The Queen broke the ice during a photoshoot alongside political figures including President Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Sitting in the center of the stage as the cameras flashed, Elizabeth joked, “Are you supposed to sound like you’re enjoying it?” Causing laughter from politicians.
“Yes,” Johnson replied. “We had fun despite appearances.
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Also present were the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, as well as Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. It was the first major outing for members of the British Royal Family since the royal funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth’s husband for 73 years, on April 17.
The reception was the Queen’s first meeting with Biden. He is the 13th President of the United States that she has met during her 69-year reign.
The Queen’s momentous moment with the leaders came hours after the first lady Jill Biden will meet the Duchess of Cambridge for the first time. The two women took part in a roundtable discussion on early childhood education and visited a nursery school in Cornwall, in the south-west of England.
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The first lady is an educator at a community college and Middleton focused many of her royal efforts on children’s issues. The Duchess had already met the Obamas in 2011 and 2016.
On Thursday, the Bidens expressed their condolences on the occasion of Prince Phillip’s posthumous birthday. The Queen’s husband died aged 99 on April 9.
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“We hold the entire Royal Family in our hearts today and wish them peace and comfort on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday,” Jill Biden tweeted.
Fox News’s Brie Stimson contributed to this report.