TThe Queen greeted world leaders at a sparkling G7 reception in Cornwall, where Prince Charles urged the crowd to tackle climate change with the same urgency as the pandemic.
The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended their first joint engagement on Friday evening since the start of the pandemic.
Their presence at the G7 summit is part of the government’s attempts to maximize the royal family’s soft diplomacy powers over US President Joe Biden and other powerful world leaders.
During the reception, the Prince of Wales urged G7 leaders to show the same sense of urgency in tackling climate change as they have shown in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at Project Eden, Charles said the Covid-19 pandemic had shown what a “truly borderless crisis” looked like.
“Of course, we haven’t fully seen Covid coming,” he said.
“Yet climate change and biodiversity loss represent a crisis without borders, the solutions of which have been debated and postponed for far too long. “
He said the battle against the pandemic has provided “a clear example of the scale and speed at which the global community can cope with crises when we combine political will, corporate ingenuity and public mobilization.”
Speaking to G7 leaders and a group of business leaders, the prince said: “We are doing this for the pandemic. So if you don’t mind me saying this, we have to do it for the planet as well.
Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie – dressed in a floral gown from The Vampire’s Wife – arrived at the Eden Project ahead of the Royal Family and were there to welcome the Queen after she entered the popular tourist attraction around 6:30 p.m.
The Queen walked right in front of Charles and Camilla and they were followed a few steps away by William and Kate.
Kate wore a £ 3,000 cream midi dress from Alexander McQueen while Camilla opted for a black and white long sleeve dress.
The queen wore a flower patterned dress.
After a brief exchange of words between Mr Johnson and the Queen, she paved the way for the reception and was followed by members of the Royal Family.
German Leader Angela Merkel, Canadian Leader Justin Trudeau, Italian Mario Draghi, French Emanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attended the reception.
After the 40-minute reception, they moved to an area to take a socially distanced group photo, and after taking their seats and posing for a few moments, the Queen said, “Are you supposed to look like you?” to have fun? ? “
The leaders around the Queen laughed and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said emphatically ‘yes’.
Mr Johnson added: ‘We had fun – despite appearances. “
Ms Merkel walked over to the Queen and thanked her for posing for the photo, saying: ‘Thank you for doing it for us. “
After snapping a photo with world leaders, the Queen, joined by Camilla and Kate, attended a celebration of The Big Lunch initiative, which brings communities together around food and drink.
Meanwhile, Charles, joined by Prince William, will host a reception for executives and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency. .
The menu was created by Emily Scott of the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay. Cornish turbot and new potatoes for the main course would be on the menu.
Speaking to a reporter on Friday, Boris Johnson said the G7 must learn from the mistakes of the pandemic as he predicted major economies would “rebound” from the Covid-19 recession.
The Prime Minister said: “We have to make sure that we learn the lessons from the pandemic, we have to make sure that we do not repeat some of the mistakes that we have arguably made over the past 18 months or so. ”
“But it is vital that we do not repeat the mistake of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession of 2008, when the recovery was not uniform in all parts of society. “
There was a risk that the pandemic would leave a “lasting scar” because “inequalities can be entrenched,” Mr Johnson said.
“We have to make sure that as we recover, we level our societies and we rebuild better,” he added.
The PM also suggested the recovery should be ‘gender neutral’ or ‘more feminine’ – a reference to a pledge to spend £ 430million on education, especially girls, in some of the poorest countries in the world.