The Duchess of Cambridge teamed up with First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden to visit a school in Hayle, Cornwall on Friday. Their official meeting came ahead of the G7 Leaders reception, which Kate and her husband, Prince William, will attend with the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Community college educator Dr Biden has continued to teach alongside her role as First Lady, while the early years has been a huge focus for the Duchess throughout her royal career.
There was much excitement from pupils at Connor Downs Academy as Kate and Jill arrived at their joint engagement.
The Duchess was also asked about the most recent addition to the royal family by a member of the US media – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on 4 June.
“I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her,” replied Kate. “We haven’t met yet. I hope that will be soon.
Kate looked elegant in a pink Alexander McQueen shift dress for her joint engagement with the First Lady.
Meanwhile, Dr Biden wore a white fit and flare dress with a hot pink jacket.
The Duchess and Dr Biden toured a classroom, meeting some of the pupils from the school’s Reception class. They also brought carrots, which the children fed to the school rabbit.
Kate and Mrs Biden were taken to see the rabbits – Storm, Wampa and Cindy – and the first lady went armed with a bowl of large carrots and stood alongside Kate, chatting over a gate to Mr Masters and four pupils with Storm.
Later today, the Duchess will join Her Majesty and Duchess Cornwall at an event in celebration of The Big Lunch at the Eden Project.
The three royal ladies will also attend the G7 Leaders reception at the eco-visitor attraction, alongside the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.
Afterward, Prince Charles will host a reception for the G7 Leaders and CEOs from the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency. Prince William will also join his father.
The Duchess and Dr Biden then led a roundtable discussion with a number of representatives from the early years sector who have helped influence Kate’s efforts to create a national conversation that gives every child in Britain a better start.