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The Queen charms Presidents and Prime Ministers in Britain’s beautiful, sunny Cornwall

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 17 June 2021 | 0 Comments

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17 June 2021

The 95-year-old monarch was on sparkling form at the G7 Summit and joined by Charles, Camilla, William and Kate in the picturesque South West.  

The skinny country lanes of Britain’s most south westerly tip has never seen anything like, from the President Biden’s private jet landing to the royal cavalcade snaking towards Lands End. For the G7 Summit delegates it was a chance to experience one of the most beautiful corners of Britain, home to the cream teas, clotted cream, Cornish pasties and pixies. 

As the weather behaved, and the golden sun shone, the Queen wowed the G7 leaders with her easy charm, quipping at a photocall: "Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourself?" It was a relaxed affair, with presidents and prime ministers smiling for the camera during an evening reception at Cornwall’s Eden Project. The Queen, who looked stunning in a floral outfit, perfectly accenting the botanical theme of the event. 

The 95-year-old monarch was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in what was seen as a major royal charm offensive, and a huge boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he aims to promote "Global Britain" on the world stage. 

The leaders, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden, many with spouses, were pictured chatting to the royals. Unlike many of the stuffy, formal G7 Summit locations of years gone by, Cornwall is renowned for its natural, easy beautiful and laid back vibe. The Queen set the tone with her beaming smile and relaxed demeanour. Mrs Merkel made a point of walking over to the monarchto thank her for posing for the picture, saying: "Thank you for doing that for us."

The royals also took time to carry out other engagements with the Queen, Camilla, and the Duchess of Cambridge attending an event to thank volunteers for their work during the pandemic. The Queen insisted on borrowing a ceremonial sword to cut a cake during the event, prompting laughter from Camilla and Kate, and delighting the crowds. The sword, loaned to Her Majesty by Edward Bolitho, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, was usedto cut a large cake marking the Big Lunch at the Eden Project. When an aide pointed out that there was a conventional knife available, the Queen replied: "I know there is. This is more unusual". 

The Duchess of Cornwall commented: "That's slicing through," before assisting with the final part of cutting the cake, which was loudly applauded by those at the event. 

After handing the ceremonial sword back, the Queen used a knife to cut a second slice of cake and remarked: "That looks very good." 

The Prince of Wales spoke at a more formal event in Cornwalll, a meeting which he described as "potentially game-changing". Attended by chief executives and G7 leaders, the event looked as ways in which they could work together to tackle the climate crisis with Prince Charles calling on the G7 leaders to display the same sense of urgency in tackling climate change as they showed in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

He stressed: "To 'build back better' we need, above all, a truly effective partnership between government and business in order to mobilise finance and innovation, and to deliver a just transition for developed and developing economies alike."