G7 leaders are welcomed by the Queen and senior royals at a reception.


G7 leaders are welcomed by the Queen and senior royals at a reception.

When a day of political meetings gave way to the monarchy’s “soft diplomacy,” the Queen hosted G7 world leaders at an evening reception.

The event, which was held at the Eden Project in Cornwall for presidents and prime ministers and their partners, was attended by three generations of the royal family.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen.

William and Kate are attending their first G7 gatherings, marking another step forward in their careers as senior royals.

The monarchy does not have authority, but it wields influence and engages in “soft diplomacy” to help the United Kingdom renew and build ties with its allies and partners across the world.

Many of the G7 leaders, some with wives, wandered through the flora and wildlife at the visitor attraction on their way to the reception ahead of the royal family’s arrival.

When the royal entourage arrived, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were there to greet them.

The Queen walked ahead of Charles and Camilla, who were followed by William and Kate a few yards behind.

She led the way inside the reception, followed by the senior royals, after a brief exchange of words between Mr Johnson and the Queen.

After the royal family, US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were the last to arrive.


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