Senior royals seen together for first time since Lilibet’s birth for G7 summit

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Senior members of the royal family have been seen together for the first time since the birth of Meghan and Harry's baby girl Lilibet.

The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Cambridges have met in Cornwall, where world leaders have gathered for their G7 summit and the Queen is poised to take centre stage at the Eden Project.

The monarch will meet the latest US President, Joe Biden, at a drinks reception in one of the Cornish tourist attraction's spectacular biomes.

She will be joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Mr Biden will also have time with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Guests at the Eden banquet-in-a-biome will feast on locally-caught roasted turbot and new potatoes.

The meal comes after G7 leaders and their partners bumped elbows and caressed forearms with Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie on a wooden boardwalk erected on the beach at host resort Carbis Bay.

Grey skies and Royal Navy vessels provided the backdrop for socially-distanced photographs.

The Prime Minister, who took a 6am dip in the 13C sea, ordered around counterparts for their Kodak moments, showing French President Emmanuel Macron where to stand on the timber stage.

“Emmanuel, there!” barked the British premier.

Senior Royals seen together for first time since Lilibet's birth
(Image: Sky News)

Later, as the leaders posed for their “family photo”, the PM – who as a child dreamt of being “world king” – told them: “Everybody! Thanks very much. How's that?”

Once the shutters finished clicking, Mr Biden joked: “Everybody in the water!”

The President's wife Jill said: “I feel like we are at a wedding”, before the thrice-married PM quipped it was like walking down the aisle.

After the photograph, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Mr Johnson to guide his guests to a conference room for talks.

“You are the leader,” she told him.

The Queen appears to be laughing with Jill Biden
(Image: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street)

But as the PM thrust ahead, Mr Macron seized the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden's shoulder and begin what onlookers described as “an animated discussion”.

Opening the leaders' first formal session at a round wooden table overlooking the Bay, Mr Johnson told leaders they “need to make sure we don’t repeat some of the errors that we have made in the course of the last 18 months or so and we put in place what is needed to allow our economies to recover”.

The PM feared that “what’s gone wrong with this pandemic, what risks being a lasting scar, is the inequalities that have been entrenched”.

The Queen pictured with the PM
(Image: Sky News)

He spoke about levelling-up, tackling climate change and generating “many, many millions of high wage, high skilled jobs” during the recovery.

But his address descended into a rambling monologue as he claimed that “what the people of our countries now want us to focus on …. (is) that we’re building back better together, and building back greener, and building back fairer, and building back more equal, maybe in a more gender neutral, a more feminine way.”

The PM is preparing for talks with European leaders over Brexit trading rules on Saturday.

A drinks reception for Queen Elizabeth II and G7 leaders at The Eden Project
(Image: Getty Images)

He has a round of 40-minute, one-to-one negotiations tomorrow morning, beginning with Mr Macron, followed by Mrs Merkel, and then a joint discussion with Brussels chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, who are also in Cornwall.

The PM on Friday accused the EU of an "excessively burdensome" approach to post-Brexit trading arrangements.

He agreed to an Irish Sea border as part of the divorce deal, which included the Northern Ireland Protocol that has been heavily criticised.

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Checks are due to be carried out on goods passing from Britain to Northern Ireland, which remained in EU customs arrangements.

Mr Johnson insisted he was not trying to back out of the pact.

But he warned the UK's "internal market" had to be respected and "we just need to make it work".

The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the settlement.

The Queen with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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A "sausage war" trade dispute looms after the UK refused to rule out delaying imposing checks on British-made chilled meats.

The PM's spokesman said on Friday: “We keep all options on the table.”

But he added the G7 was “not the forum in which he is necessarily seeking to come up with an immediate solution”.

Checks are due to come into force at the end of this month.

The Queen smiles as she meets people from communities across Cornwall
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"You will understand that there are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work, that may be excessively burdensome,” Mr Johnson told the BBC.

"I just give you one statistic: 20% of the checks conducted across the whole of the perimeter of the EU are now done in Northern Ireland – three times as many as happen in Rotterdam."

But Mr Macron warned: “I think it’s not serious to want to review in July what we finalised in December after years of work.

“It’s not serious between us and it’s not serious toward our people.”

G7 leaders and Her Majesty the Queen
(Image: Jack Hill/The Times)

Vowing to hold the PM to what he signed up to, the French premier added: “I believe in the strength of treaties, I believe in serious work, nothing is renegotiable, everything is applicable…. It has been painfully discussed for years, and discussed, let me remind you, on the initiative of the British who decided to leave."

Mrs von der Leyen insisted the Protocol was the "only solution" to prevent a hard border with the Republic and must be implemented in full.

"We have shown flexibility, we will show flexibility, but the Protocol and the Withdrawal Agreement have to be implemented completely," she said.

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Meanwhile a dozen police officers were forced into self-isolation after a coronavirus outbreak on a ship being used as temporary accommodation for police guarding the summit.

The Silja Europa is docked in Falmouth, where the media centre is based, and one person in the officer's work bubble tested positive for the disease.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “As part of our testing regime, during the early hours of June 11 one officer who is currently supporting G7 policing and accommodated on the ferry, has given a positive lateral flow test for Covid-19.

"The officer, plus those who have come into close contact, are currently self-isolating at another designated location.

"We are continuing to follow the advice of Public Health England."

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