On the first day of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson is, even by his personal dramatic requirements, placing on a present.
Johnson’s G7 leaders will immediately have the full drive of Britain’s best diplomatic asset hurled at them, as they’re invited to affix none aside from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, together with different senior members of the household, for a reception earlier than dinner tonight.
The dinner will happen at the world-famous Eden Project, a placing assortment of biomes, one in every of which is dwelling to the largest indoor rainforest on earth.
While the dinner might be the predominant royal occasion of the day, leaders will meet with different members of the world’s most well-known household to debate points on which some members of the household have been long-term campaigners. Prince Charles, for instance, will meet with leaders and representatives from the world of enterprise to debate the coordinated effort to sort out local weather change, one in every of the British authorities’s high priorities because it gears as much as host COP26 later this 12 months.
Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden will meet with future Queen Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to speak about youngsters’s schooling, one other main worldwide focus of Johnson’s authorities.
Rolling out the royals on this manner is nothing new and loads of British prime ministers have used the pomp of state visits to curry favor with world leaders. However, they’re doing so at a time of specific tumult for the monarchy.
It was just a few weeks in the past that the household was mourning its patriarch, after Prince Philip died at the age of 99. And the household is in the center of a really public spat with Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey by which they accused an unnamed senior royal making racist statements.
Yesterday, issues weren’t trying so good for Johnson, as he appeared on observe for a collision course with the US President over Brexit. However, the US diplomatic pushback over experiences that Biden had issued a demarche over Northern Ireland meant Johnson might sleep simple. Now, he can sit again and luxuriate in dazzling his fellow leaders as they rub shoulders with Britain’s largest rockstars.
This publish has been up to date to make clear that the Queen will host G7 leaders earlier than the dinner on Friday.