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Jill Biden and Kate Middleton meet for the first time at a school in Cornwall during G7 summit

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There's nothing like a trip to the coast to blow the cobwebs away, and Kate Middleton appeared in great spirits as she joined Dr Jill Biden today at the start of the G7 summit.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, cut an elegant figure in the £1,125 fuchsia midi dress from Alexander McQueen and carrying a £225 L.K. Bennett handbag that matched her shoes as she arrived to meet the President's wife, 70, who also wore pink, for the first time.

They were meeting children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne this afternoon followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts convened by Kate.

The royal mother-of-three and the US First Lady discussed female empowerment, children and early education during a seminar.

Kate is at the centre of Britain's diplomatic mission to woo the US as Boris Johnson pushes for a quick free trade deal with Joe Biden as well as a quarantine-free travel corridor this summer.

The animated pair, who met for the first time today, seemed to get on like a house on fire as they met children, staff and even helped feed carrots to the class rabbit, Storm. Kate also told reporters she 'can't wait to meet' her new niece Lilibet.

The Duchess of Cambridge met Donald Trump and Melania when they visited the UK in 2019, after tweets from 2012 emerged where he blamed Kate for sunbathing ‘nude’ when the French magazine Closer published the pictures. The Cambridges successfully sued the publisher over their ‘grotesque' decision.

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Today FLOTUS and the Duchess came in to the classroom wearing face masks and were greeted by silence from the over-awed children.

'They're scared to death,' FLOTUS joked of the kids. 'It's the quietest class I've ever been to. How old are you?' the Duchess added.

They met the teachers and learned about how the kids were learning about how to make the world a better place. The kids are learning words and sounded them out with FLOTUS.

The Duchess and FLOTUS were seated next to each other but talking to different group of kids. Duchess is asking their names and looking at their drawings. She also helped the children sound out words.

Kids are reading 'Greta and the Giant.' 'Do you know this series?' the Duchess asked FLOTUS.

'I know Greta of course,' FLOTUS said.

They also visited the other table of kids. Dr. Biden helped some with legos. They also watched the kids draw.

Lots of praise from the two of them for the kids.

Dr. Biden answered a question on importance of early childhood education.

'It's very important to the foundation. As a teacher at the upper levels if they don't have a good foundation they fall so far behind.

This is amazing to see how far advanced they are.'

Children gathered around three tables with some sitting on the floor without face masks, which Jill and Kate were wearing.

The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in the county of Cornwall where world leaders have gathered for their summit.

The duchess and the First Lady toured a classroom meeting some of the younger children at the school which teaches four to 11-year-olds.

They also brought carrots which were fed by the children to the school's pet rabbits in the grounds of the Academy.

A broadcast journalist from an American network put Kate on the spot when she asked: "Your Royal Highness, do you have any wishes for your niece Lilibet?"

The duchess replied smiling: "I wish her all the very best. I can't wait to meet her because we haven't yet met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon."

She was also asked if she had spoken with Meghan: "Have you FaceTimed with her?"

Kate replied "No, I haven't."

White House aides and Kensington Palace officials then swiftly moved to end the impromptu press conference, asking journalists to leave the school room where the duchess and Mrs Biden had been taking part in a round table discussion with experts on the importance of the early years of childhood for future outcomes.

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