Queen hosts reception for leaders at G7

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Queen Elizabeth has hosted a reception for the leaders of some of the world's richest nations, taking centre stage amid three days of talks at the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall.

The 95-year-old monarch was joined by other senior members of the British royal family, with son and heir Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and grandson Prince William and his wife Kate also present.

It was their first major public event together since April's funeral for the Queen's husband of more than seven decades, Prince Philip.

At the reception, held at the Eden Project, the world's largest indoor rainforest, the Queen met Joe Biden as US president for the first time, making him the 13th American leader she has met during her record-breaking 69-year reign.

"Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen," Biden's wife Jill, who joined him at the Eden Project event, had said on Thursday.

"That's an exciting part of the visit for us."

They are also due to have tea with the monarch at Windsor Castle on Sunday after the summit has concluded.

Following a photocall with the Queen, Prince Charles addressed the G7 leaders about his Sustainable Markets Initiative, which aims to involve business and private sector investment in government efforts to combat climate change.

"The fight against this terrible pandemic provides, if ever one was needed, 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 mobilisation," said Charles, 72, who has spent much of his life campaigning on environmental issues.

"We are doing it for the pandemic, so if you don't mind me saying so, we must also do it for the planet."

Earlier in the day, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, joined US first lady Jill Biden on a visit to a school in Cornwall.

Biden, the wife of the US president, and Kate, sat with children in a classroom as they learned about environmental issues, and then watched, chatting and laughing, as the children fed the class's rabbit outside.

"These kids are so smart," Biden said, as she admired their handwriting and they showed her a book about climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

The pair then spoke to a group of childhood experts.

"I wanted to say a personal thank you and welcome to Doctor Biden, it's a huge honour," Kate said as she opened a discussion on early years education, one of the main focal points of her charity work.