World Royals join world leaders as U.K. adds star power to summit diplomacy
Allies hope to bond, look beyond virus at G-7 summit in UK
LONDON (AP) — There will be roundtable meetings, one-on-one chats and a group photo against a picturesque backdrop. When leaders of some of the world’s richest nations meet Friday at the English seaside for a three-day Group of Seven summit, much of the choreography will be familiar. But the world has changed dramatically. Since the G-7 last met two years ago, the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people and decimated economies with lockdowns and layoffs. A planned G-7 meeting in the United States last year was postponed, then canceled.So when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes U.S.
LONDON —Queen Elizabeth II will travel to theon Friday, adding some star power to a diplomatic charm offensive as hailed the "indestructible relationship" between Britain and the United States.
While there was always meant to be some royal presence at, the arrival of the queen is a surprise.
She will join leaders of the G-7 countries — the U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Germany, France and Italy — for dinner as they seek to move past any tensions undercutting the event and present a united front in their bid to.
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The leaders are set to discuss plans to donate hundreds of millions of Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries, climate change, and setting a global minimum corporation tax of 15 percent.
The White House has also made it clear that it sees the trip as a chance toagainst what Biden sees as the authoritarian threat of Russia and China.
The unexpected attendance of the queen, 95, means she will join Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, for the leaders' reception at the Eden Project, a tropical garden built under a cluster of vast bio-domes.
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials vowed Thursday to use all measures available to ensure that the United Kingdom respects the terms of its Brexit agreement with the bloc as tensions rise over trade involving Northern Ireland. “It is paramount to implement what we have decided. This is a question of rule of law,” European Council President Charles Michel said. “We will use all the tools we have in order to make sure that we defend our interests and to protect the integrity of the single market.
Charles, the heir to the throne and a climate activist, will host a reception for the leaders and prominent CEOs "to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
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The Duchess of Cambridge also met Jill Biden on Friday for a trip to a local school.
Asked if she had any wishes for her, Kate said she wished her "all the very best."
"I can’t wait to meet her,” she added. “We haven’t met her yet. I hope that will be soon.”
Asked if she had facetimed with Harry and Meghan's daughter since her birth last week, Kate said she had not.
The arrival of top-tier royals represents the most potent soft-power weapon that Britain has to offer, even if the royal brand has been beset by familial crisis.
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The country is hosting this international spectacle at a time when it is trying to redefine its international role after an.
The queen is Britain's longest-reigning monarch and has met every sitting U.S. president since Harry Truman, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.
The first lady will also travelafter the summit, as previously announced.
Biden will be the 13th U.S. leader she's greeted, spanning decades of what's been historically called.
This week it was revealed that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson doesn't like that phrase, with one aide reportedly saying he felt it sounded needy.
Instead on Friday Johnson described the Anglo-American bond as an "indestructible relationship."
"It's a relationship that has endured for a very long time, and has been an important part of peace and prosperity both in Europe and around the world,", also calling it a "deep and meaningful relationship."
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The president has repeatedly used the phrase "special relationship" despite his counterpart's distaste for it.
"We affirmed the special relationship — it’s not said lightly — the special relationship between our people," he said Thursday after a meeting that both sides hailed as a success.
Johnson described working with Biden as "a big breath of fresh air."
But the summit has been far from tension-free.
Before even landing on British soil, the Biden administration issued a stern warning to Johnson not to let Brexit threaten peace in Northern Ireland.
Tensions have risen in the province because, in the eyes of some, Brexit has weakened its ties with the U.K. and risked pulling it closer into the orbit of the Irish Republic, a separate country to the south.
That risksbetween mostly Catholic "nationalists" — who want Northern Ireland to reunite with the Irish Republic — and mostly Protestant "unionists" — who want the area to remain part of the U.K.
Biden, who has Irish heritage, has warned that the U.S. does not want to see any threat to the Good Friday Agreement, a landmark 1998 peace deal brokered in part by the U.S.
On Thursday evening French President Emmanuel Macron also chastised Britain's attempts to renegotiate aspects of Brexit covering Northern Ireland. The U.K.'s attempts to do so have become a major point of friction with the E.U.
"Nothing is renegotiable," Macron told a press conference.
Boris Johnson will finally tell the world what post-Brexit Britain is for .
This week, Boris Johnson gets his first big chance to answer a question that's puzzled many in the international community for some time: Post-Brexit, what is Britain actually for? © Sean Gallup/Pool/Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the main session at an international summit on securing peace in Libya at the Chancellery on January 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Leaders of nations and organizations linked to the current conflict are meeting to discuss measures towards reaching a consensus between the warring sides and ending hostilities.