the Duchess and First Lady Jill Biden and the long train to a small school in Cornwall; ITV News – –

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the Duchess and First Lady Jill Biden and the long train to a small school in Cornwall; ITV News – –


Video report by ITV News Royal Editor-in-Chief Chris Ship


The long procession of cars carrying the First Lady swept through the village of Cornwall and turned right into the playground of the small stone schoolhouse.

To say this doesn’t happen very often in Connor Downs, a village near Hayle, would be an understatement.

Moments earlier, a Range Rover bearing the Duchess of Cambridge had stopped at the same doors of the school.

Normally, this sight in itself would have been enough for the villagers here, who had started to congregate outside the school as word spread about what was going on.


The Duchess of Cambridge was asked about Meghan and Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet during a visit to a Cornish school with US First Lady Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden’s eight-car convoy has just entered the playground, nose to tail.

FLOTUS – the First Lady of the United States – came to Connor Downs Academy to see the work they do here to shape the lives of children who have had “adverse childhood experiences”.

The first lady and Kate have both been described by the principal here as “passionate educators” and the school is a school where a quarter of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds.


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School principal Janice Eddy said she – and the whole school – were “excited” by the visit which builds on the Duchess of Cambridgeabout early childhood – and how a child’s experiences between birth and age five will shape the rest of their loves.

Dr Biden and the Duchess were shown how this Cornish school – classified as a ‘trauma-informed school’ – places a high priority on children’s mental health and encourages positive relationships between children and adults.

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and the First Lady of the United States, carrying carrots for school rabbit, Storm, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy. Credit: Pennsylvania

That’s why the principal took Kate and the First Lady to the school’s animal enclosure.

Storm is one of the rescue bunnies – and the school also keeps chickens rescued from a farm on battery to teach children about animal welfare and their own place in nature.

Kate’s visit – part of wider deployment of the royal family at the G7 summit.

The Queen will arrive here later for a reception with the politicians in the famous Project Eden biomes.

Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William will also be in attendance as part of a major diplomatic charm offensive for world leaders.


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