June 18, 2021

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Jill Biden and Kate Middleton meet for the first time to visit a school and feed rabbits

First Lady Jill Biden met Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge for the first time on Friday in Cornwall, England, where world leaders arrived this week for the G7 summit, which begins on Friday. This is Bidens’ first overseas trip since the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

While wearing masks, the First Lady and Duchess toured Conor Downs Academy, meeting 4 and 5 year old students as well as teachers. The academy is a “trauma-informed school,” which means it works with students who have experienced trauma in their lives.

The first lady said the children were “so well behaved”.

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First Lady Jill Biden and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, chat with children from the school’s welcome class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy on June 11, 2021.

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At Cornwall School, the couple participated in a panel discussion on the importance of early childhood education, a subject close to the hearts of both women.

“The importance of providing adequate support to parents and children during early childhood, and the positive impact this can have on society, is something that Her Royal Highness and the First Lady have both understood through their respective work, ”Kensington said. Palace said in a press release.

The palace said the Duchess will step up her work in this area with an announcement next week.

While visiting the “outer classroom,” the two encountered the school’s five rabbits, which the students help care for. The first lady carried a bowl of carrots to feed them.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Jill Biden, carry carrots for school rabbits during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021, in Hayle, Cornwall, England.

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Speaking on the impact of education early in life, the First Lady said: “It’s very important for the foundation. As a teacher at the higher levels, if they don’t have a good foundation they are so far behind amazing how advanced they are. “

Responding to a question about her newborn niece Lilibet, the daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, after the discussion, Kate replied: “I wish her all the best. I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet, I’ve met her yet, so hopefully it will be soon. “

When asked if she had FaceTimed Lilibet, she said no.

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Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Dr Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy on June 11, 2021.

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After the roundtable, the first lady joked that it was too short.

“I have a million written questions! I’ll have to call you! she said.

Before leaving, the women received small bouquets of flowers from the children.

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Dr Jill Biden receive flowers from the Warden and Warden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy on June 11, 2021.

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The Bidens arrived in the UK on Wednesday, participating in talks with many world leaders for the first time since the start of the pandemic. On Thursday, Mr Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “to affirm the enduring strength of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

The president and the first lady meeting with queen elizabeth ii at Windsor Castle on Sunday. After the meeting, Dr Biden will return to the United States

The president will then travel to Brussels for a NATO summit on June 14, as well as a US-EU summit. On June 16, he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.

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