Members of the Royal Family welcome G7 leaders to the UK

Published 10 June 2021

As the seven world leaders gathered in Cornwall to discuss shared interests ranging from climate change to trade and the global vaccination programme, members of the Royal Family joined events in London and the South East. 

 

The G7 ('Group of Seven' make up of UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy, plus the EU) meet annually for close-knit discussions on a variety of topics. The 2021 summit was hosted in Cornwall by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.   

The hosting of foreign and Commonwealth leaders at State Visits, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and high profile political gatherings such as the G7 forms a key element of the diplomatic role of the Royal Family.

G7 leaders and big business talk climate change at St James's Palace

Before the summit officially began, His Royal Highness convened G7 leaders and CEOs representing over 300 global businesses to call for coordinated action to tackle climate change.

The business leaders who attended the event come from the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ : a group brought together by The Prince of Wales as part of his Sustainable Markets Initiative. The group is working together to come up with a set of initiatives which were presented to G7 leaders.

The Duchess of Cambridge hosts Dr Jill Biden

Ahead of the start of the summit, The Duchess of Cambridge met the First Lady, Dr Jill Biden, to discuss the importance of early childhood on lifelong outcomes.

Her Royal Highness and The First Lady paid a visit to Reception Class at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall. 

The Duchess and Dr Biden then participated in a roundtable discussion at Connor Downs Academy with representatives from the early years sector. The Duchess has done extensive work promoting the importance of children's early years and Dr Biden holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

The Leaders' Reception

Her Majesty and Members of the Royal Family welcomed the G7 leaders to Cornwall with a Leader's Reception at The Eden Project.

Business reception

Following the previous day's reception at St James's Palace, The Prince of Wales hosted a second meeting to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency.