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Macron raises eyebrows by being ‘all over’ Joe Biden at G7

Macron raises eyebrows by being ‘all over’ Joe Biden at G7
Macron raises eyebrows by being ‘all over’ Joe Biden at G7


Emmanuel Macron has raised eyebrows by being ‘all over’ Joe Biden at the G7 summit in defiance of social distancing rules.

The French president put on a demonstrative display as the leaders arrived at the gathering in Cornwall, draping his arm around Mr Biden and whispering in his ear as they walked on the beach.   

Diplomats were taken aback by Mr Macron’s determined cosying up, which appeared to fly in the face of safety etiquette. ‘He was all over him,’ said one. 

The performance was particularly incongruous as Boris Johnson and wife Carrie had been careful to keep their distance during the meet-and-greet session.   

Mr Johnson, who notoriously boasted he was still shaking hands with everyone in the early stages of the pandemic, appeared to remind himself not to get too close, saying ‘Elbows!’    

The leaders also carefully maintained social distancing as they posed for the traditional family photograph.

But as Mr Johnson led the way inside the summit venue, Mr Macron took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden’s shoulders and begin an animated discussion.

Mr Biden – who has had two jabs of the Pfizer vaccine – seemed unperturbed by Mr Macron getting up close and personal.  

Macron raises eyebrows by being ‘all over’ Joe Biden at G7

Mr Macron draped his arm around the US president

Mr Macron cosied up to US president Joe Biden despite social distancing rules as the summit kicked off yesterday 

As Mr Johnson led the way inside the summit venue, Mr Macron took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden's shoulders and begin an animated discussion

As Mr Johnson led the way inside the summit venue, Mr Macron took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden’s shoulders and begin an animated discussion

Mr Biden - who has had two jabs of the Pfizer vaccine - seemed unperturbed by Mr Macron getting up close and personal

Mr Biden – who has had two jabs of the Pfizer vaccine – seemed unperturbed by Mr Macron getting up close and personal

G7 leaders carefully maintained social distancing as they posed for the traditional family photograph, before Mr Macron made a beeline for Mr Biden

G7 leaders carefully maintained social distancing as they posed for the traditional family photograph, before Mr Macron made a beeline for Mr Biden

Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks

Boris Johnson held talks with Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit this morning. He is due to meet Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen later 

On the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is 'not serious'

On the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is ‘not serious’

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron were expected to trade blows over the Northern Ireland protocol during their meeting today

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron were expected to trade blows over the Northern Ireland protocol during their meeting today

Mr Johnson and German Chancellor Mrs Merkel also met for a bilateral at the summit in Cornwall this morning

Mr Johnson and German Chancellor Mrs Merkel also met for a bilateral at the summit in Cornwall this morning

The PM got in the mood for the potentially explosive encounter with Mr Macron by swimming in Carbis Bay this morning

The PM got in the mood for the potentially explosive encounter with Mr Macron by swimming in Carbis Bay this morning

The premier also went for a jog as he tries to keep his health kick going during the gathering of world leaders this weekend

The premier also went for a jog as he tries to keep his health kick going during the gathering of world leaders this weekend

How sausages sparked a cold meat war between the UK and EU 

The ‘sausage war’ row is the latest front in the ongoing stand-off between Britain and the European Union over Northern Ireland. 

When Boris Johnson agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels to make Brexit happen it included the Northern Ireland Protocol.

This is a complex trade agreement that tries to deal with the fact that Ulster is the only part of the UK with an EU land border, with Ireland.

The new arrangements have caused some disruption to trade since the start of the year as firms have struggled with new processes and administration. 

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of sectarian violence in Ulster, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland must remain ‘soft’, ie no ‘hard’ border posts with checks on traffic. 

The NIP, which was signed off by both sides, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market for goods in order to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

Despite Mr Johnson’s claims to the contrary,  it has meant erecting a trade barrier in the Irish Sea for goods crossing from Great Britain, which have to face customs checks before entering Northern Ireland – even if they are not being taken into the Republic.

A six-month ‘grace period’ for these checks was agreed to allow the infrastructure to be put in place, which runs out at the end of June. 

But the checks have infuriated the loyalist community in Northern Ireland, who are outraged at the internal UK free market is being interrupted. 

Earlier this year, armed loyalist groups said they were temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal.

The groups said they believed Britain, Ireland and the EU had breached their commitments to the peace deal.

The UK Government has not ruled out unilaterally extending the check-free period after June 30, but that has angered the EU, which says that the UK must honour the deal it signed up to less than six months ago. 

Brussels 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 Brexit ‘divorce’ settlement which Mr Johnson signed. 

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic last said patience with the UK was wearing ‘very, very thin’ after talks in London ended in deadlock.  

Ministers today warned the EU they will not be allowed to ‘threaten the integrity’ of the UK as Boris Johnson faces off with leaders at the G7 in Cornwall. 

The PM has signalled a tough line against the ‘excessively burdensome’ approach from Brussels to the Northern Ireland protocol as he holds talks with Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.  

Ministers fear traders face a complete ban on sausage exports when a ‘grace period’ on the Brexit deal expires at the end of this month. 

But on the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is ‘not serious’. 

After months of impasse in negotiations, Mr Johnson is now ready to extend the grace period within days, probably until at least the end of the year unless there is a breakthrough. 

Whitehall sources said he believes he has ‘no alternative’ but to intervene to block Brussels rules that would ban firms in Great Britain sending chilled meat products to Ulster.

He prepared for the showdown with EU counterparts by going for a swim near the luxurious hotel where the summit is happening.  

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘They can be more pragmatic about the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol in a way that is win-win or they can be bloody-minded and purist about it in which case I am afraid we will not allow the integrity of the UK to be threatened.’ 

The source added: ‘Given the EU’s position on this I cannot see any alternative to taking unilateral action.’ The PM’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson would rather see a negotiated settlement, but warned that ‘all options are on the table’.

No 10 also rejected an EU ‘compromise’ proposal for Britain to accept ongoing alignment with Brussels rules on the grounds it would make it impossible to strike ambitious trade deals. 

European leaders have warned this week that unilateral action would lead to retaliatory measures, including tariffs and quotas. T

he row is set to dominate the PM’s meetings with Mr Macron, Mrs Merkel and Mrs von der Leyen today.

The three leaders appeared to be co-ordinating their response yesterday when they held an impromptu get-together with Italian PM Mario Draghi and European Council chief Charles Michel at the Carbis Bay resort where the summit is being held. 

Mr Macron tweeted in a pointed remark: ‘As always, the same union, the same determination to act, the same enthusiasm.’ 

He has already been accused of ‘posturing’ after warning the UK that ‘nothing is renegotiable’.

But last night there were signs the EU was backing down over its threats to escalate the crisis.

Irish broadcaster RTE quoted an EU source suggesting the bloc could now take a softly-softly approach for fear of falling into the ‘trap’ of inflaming tensions in the Province as the Unionist ‘marching season’ reaches its climax.

The source said: ‘The EU doesn’t want to get sucked into the stupid sausage war type narrative, where we would be seen to be coming on heavy because of things like chilled meat, sausages etc.’ 

EU leaders had been hoping that US President Joe Biden would pressure the PM to back down in order to avoid increasing tensions in Northern Ireland.

In an extraordinary move, it emerged before the summit that American diplomats had issued a ‘demarche’ against the UK – a rarely-used formal rebuke to an ally over policy. 

However, the White House then humiliatingly backed off a public confrontation amid anger from the government and Brexiteers.  

No 10 said the US President was in ‘complete harmony’ with the PM after talks on Thursday.

Mr Johnson yesterday revealed he had given Mr Biden details of the disproportionate checks being imposed by the EU on goods traded from Britain to Northern Ireland.

He told the BBC: ‘Twenty per cent 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.’ 

He added: ‘There are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work that may be excessively burdensome.’ 

The PM insisted it would be possible to ‘sort out’ the issues. 

But officials are pessimistic about an immediate breakthrough.

The dispute arises out of provisions in the Brexit deal that leave Northern Ireland within the EU’s single market for goods. 

Mr Johnson accuses Brussels of taking a ‘purist’ approach to the deal and applying it to all goods crossing the Irish Sea, regardless of whether or not they are set to enter the EU.

The main summit agenda will see the leaders commit to a new plan aimed at preventing a repeat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The leaders of the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy will close the day with a barbecue on the beach, with entertainment provided by a Cornish sea shanty group and a Red Arrows flypast.

The main business of the summit will see the leaders discuss building resilience to future crises, consider foreign policy and then decide on their response to Covid-19.

Leaders from the G7 will commit to a new plan – the Carbis Bay Declaration – to quash future pandemics within the first 100 days.

The UK will also create a new animal vaccine centre aimed at preventing future diseases crossing from creatures to humans.

As part of Mr Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda the leaders of South Korea, India, Australia and South Africa will also take part in the summit events, expanding the G7 to take in other prominent democracies.

At the end of the day, the leaders attending the event – India’s Narendra Modi will only participate remotely because of the coronavirus crisis in his country – will relax with a barbecue on the beach cooked by Simon Stallard, chef at the Hidden Hut in Portscatho.

They will be served sirloin and lobster and can then enjoy hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around fire pits on the beach.

Sea shanty group Du Hag Owr will provide the musical accompaniment to the event.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge and US first lady Jill Biden have written a joint article on the importance of early childhood, following their visit to a primary school in Cornwall, where the G7 is taking place.

The two women met for the first time on Friday at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, where they took part in a round-table discussion with experts on the importance of the early years of childhood for future outcomes.

In the article, published by CNN, they say there must be a fundamental shift in how the UK and US approach the earliest years of life.

‘If we care about how children perform at school, how they succeed in their careers when they are older, and about their lifelong mental and physical health, then we have to care about how we are nurturing their brains, their experiences and relationships in the early years before school,’ they write.

Ursula von der Leyen (left with Mr Macron and EU council chief Charles Michel in Cornwall yesterday) are also holding talks with Mr Johnson

Ursula von der Leyen (left with Mr Macron and EU council chief Charles Michel in Cornwall yesterday) are also holding talks with Mr Johnson  

World leaders will join forces in bid to stop any new pandemic within 100 days: G7 nations vow to slash time taken to develop and license vaccines 

World leaders will commit today to work together to crush future pandemics within 100 days.

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held.

As part of the strategy, Britain will build a £25million animal vaccine centre to halt the spread of new diseases and therefore prevent them from jumping to humans.

About three-quarters of new human diseases are thought to have started in animals. 

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The centre will draw on the existing Pirbright Institute’s world-leading expertise in preventing and controlling the spread of viruses in order to accelerate the delivery of vaccines for livestock diseases.

Melinda French Gates, as she is now known after separating from the Microsoft founder, and the UK’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will present findings from their work on the pandemic preparedness partnership to the G7 leaders today.

The Carbis Bay Declaration will incorporate the recommendations of their findings, which highlight how the first 100 days after the identification of an epidemic threat are crucial to changing its course and preventing it from becoming a pandemic.

The G7 nations – the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – will commit to measures aimed at slashing the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to under 100 days.

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held

They will also promise to reinforce global surveillance networks and support reforming and strengthening the World Health Organisation.

Boris Johnson said last night: ‘To truly defeat coronavirus and recover we need to prevent a pandemic like this from ever happening again. 

‘That means learning lessons from the last 18 months and doing it differently next time around. I am proud that for the first time today the world’s leading democracies have come together to make sure that never again will we be caught unawares.’

Covid is thought to have spread to humans from bats, although some now believe it might have escaped from a laboratory in China.



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Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks

Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks
Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks


Boris Johnson today demanded the EU ‘gets it into their heads’ that Northern Ireland is part of the UK as he ramped up the ‘sausage war’ after a showdown with Emmanuel Macron. 

The PM branded the bloc’s approach to the Brexit rules ‘theological’ in a round of broadcast interviews after holding talks with Mr Macron, Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen at the G7 summit in Cornwall. 

And he insisted he ‘will not hesitate’ to suspend the Northern Ireland protocol unilaterally if Brussels does not compromise over trade restrictions between mainland Britain and the province. 

‘I think if the protocol continues to be applied in this way, then we will obviously not hesitate to invoke Article 16, as i have said before,’ he said. 

‘Don’t forget, the EU themselves invoked Article 16 in January, to disapply the protocol, so they can stop removal of vaccines from the EU to the UK.

‘I’ve talked to some of our friends here today, who do seem to misunderstand that the UK is a single country, a single territory. I just need to get that into their heads.’

Ministers have made clear they will not allow British traders to be hit with a complete ban on sausage exports to Northern Ireland when a ‘grace period’ on the Brexit deal expires at the end of this month. 

But French diplomats say Mr Macron used the pair’s meeting this morning to insist that relations can only improve if the premier ‘keeps his word’ on the terms he agreed. He has already vowed to veto any fundamental renegotiation of the protocol, saying the idea is ‘not serious’.  

Downing Street has stressed that the PM is ‘currently’ committed to working through the protocol, but added: ‘We keep all options on the table.’  

Mr Johnson prepared for the showdown with EU counterparts by going for a swim near the luxurious hotel where the summit is happening.  

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘They can be more pragmatic about the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol in a way that is win-win or they can be bloody-minded and purist about it in which case I am afraid we will not allow the integrity of the UK to be threatened.’ 

Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks

Boris Johnson held talks with Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit this morning, as well as meeting Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen

On the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is 'not serious'

On the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is ‘not serious’

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron traded blows over the Northern Ireland protocol during their meeting today

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron traded blows over the Northern Ireland protocol during their meeting today

Mr Johnson and German Chancellor Mrs Merkel also met for a bilateral at the summit in Cornwall this morning

Mr Johnson and German Chancellor Mrs Merkel also met for a bilateral at the summit in Cornwall this morning

Mr Johnson (centre) kicks off discussions with EU council president Charles Michel (left) and Ursula von der Leyen (right)

Mr Johnson (centre) kicks off discussions with EU council president Charles Michel (left) and Ursula von der Leyen (right) 

Ms von der Leyen said after the talks that the EU had 'complete unity' over the need to implement the Northern Ireland rules

Ms von der Leyen said after the talks that the EU had ‘complete unity’ over the need to implement the Northern Ireland rules 

The PM got in the mood for the potentially explosive encounter with Mr Macron by swimming in Carbis Bay this morning

The PM got in the mood for the potentially explosive encounter with Mr Macron by swimming in Carbis Bay this morning

The premier also went for a jog as he tries to keep his health kick going during the gathering of world leaders this weekend

The premier also went for a jog as he tries to keep his health kick going during the gathering of world leaders this weekend

How sausages sparked a cold meat war between the UK and EU 

The ‘sausage war’ row is the latest front in the ongoing stand-off between Britain and the European Union over Northern Ireland. 

When Boris Johnson agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels to make Brexit happen it included the Northern Ireland Protocol.

This is a complex trade agreement that tries to deal with the fact that Ulster is the only part of the UK with an EU land border, with Ireland.

The new arrangements have caused some disruption to trade since the start of the year as firms have struggled with new processes and administration. 

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of sectarian violence in Ulster, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland must remain ‘soft’, ie no ‘hard’ border posts with checks on traffic. 

The NIP, which was signed off by both sides, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market for goods in order to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

Despite Mr Johnson’s claims to the contrary,  it has meant erecting a trade barrier in the Irish Sea for goods crossing from Great Britain, which have to face customs checks before entering Northern Ireland – even if they are not being taken into the Republic.

A six-month ‘grace period’ for these checks was agreed to allow the infrastructure to be put in place, which runs out at the end of June. 

But the checks have infuriated the loyalist community in Northern Ireland, who are outraged at the internal UK free market is being interrupted. 

Earlier this year, armed loyalist groups said they were temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal.

The groups said they believed Britain, Ireland and the EU had breached their commitments to the peace deal.

The UK Government has not ruled out unilaterally extending the check-free period after June 30, but that has angered the EU, which says that the UK must honour the deal it signed up to less than six months ago. 

Brussels 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 Brexit ‘divorce’ settlement which Mr Johnson signed. 

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic last said patience with the UK was wearing ‘very, very thin’ after talks in London ended in deadlock.  

The PM’s spokesman said he set out ‘clearly’ the UK’s position and the need for ‘urgent’ solutions.

Brexit minister Lord Frost attended all three bilaterals with the EU leaders.

No10 insisted the EU chiefs had not raised the threat of trade reprisals if the UK extends the grace period for Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson’s hope is for ‘pragmatic compromise to be agreed at speed’.

‘They discussed the need to come up with a solution,’ the spokesman said.    

‘The PM’s desire currently is to work within the existing protocol to find radical changes and pragmatic solutions.’

But the spokesman added: ‘We keep all options on the table.’

A French source said Mr Macron told the PM the two countries had common interests, but that ties could improve only if Johnson kept his word on Brexit.

‘The president told Boris Johnson there needed to be a reset of the Franco-British relationship,’ the source said.

‘This can happen provided that he keeps his word with the Europeans.’ 

No 10 has rejected an EU ‘compromise’ proposal for Britain to accept ongoing alignment with Brussels rules on the grounds it would make it impossible to strike ambitious trade deals. 

European leaders have warned this week that unilateral action would lead to retaliatory measures, including tariffs and quotas.  

EU leaders appeared to be co-ordinating their response yesterday when they held an impromptu get-together with Italian PM Mario Draghi and European Council chief Charles Michel at the Carbis Bay resort where the summit is being held. 

Mr Macron tweeted in a pointed remark: ‘As always, the same union, the same determination to act, the same enthusiasm.’ 

He has already been accused of ‘posturing’ after warning the UK that ‘nothing is renegotiable’.

But last night there were signs the EU was backing down over its threats to escalate the crisis.

Irish broadcaster RTE quoted an EU source suggesting the bloc could now take a softly-softly approach for fear of falling into the ‘trap’ of inflaming tensions in the Province as the Unionist ‘marching season’ reaches its climax.

The source said: ‘The EU doesn’t want to get sucked into the stupid sausage war type narrative, where we would be seen to be coming on heavy because of things like chilled meat, sausages etc.’ 

EU leaders had been hoping that US President Joe Biden would pressure the PM to back down in order to avoid increasing tensions in Northern Ireland.

In an extraordinary move, it emerged before the summit that American diplomats had issued a ‘demarche’ against the UK – a rarely-used formal rebuke to an ally over policy. 

However, the White House then humiliatingly backed off a public confrontation amid anger from the government and Brexiteers.  

No 10 said the US President was in ‘complete harmony’ with the PM after talks on Thursday.

Mr Johnson yesterday revealed he had given Mr Biden details of the disproportionate checks being imposed by the EU on goods traded from Britain to Northern Ireland.

He told the BBC: ‘Twenty per cent 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.’ 

He added: ‘There are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work that may be excessively burdensome.’ 

The PM insisted it would be possible to ‘sort out’ the issues. 

But officials are pessimistic about an immediate breakthrough.

The dispute arises out of provisions in the Brexit deal that leave Northern Ireland within the EU’s single market for goods. 

Mr Johnson accuses Brussels of taking a ‘purist’ approach to the deal and applying it to all goods crossing the Irish Sea, regardless of whether or not they are set to enter the EU.

The main summit agenda will see the leaders commit to a new plan aimed at preventing a repeat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The leaders of the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy will close the day with a barbecue on the beach, with entertainment provided by a Cornish sea shanty group and a Red Arrows flypast.

The main business of the summit will see the leaders discuss building resilience to future crises, consider foreign policy and then decide on their response to Covid-19.

Leaders from the G7 will commit to a new plan – the Carbis Bay Declaration – to quash future pandemics within the first 100 days.

The UK will also create a new animal vaccine centre aimed at preventing future diseases crossing from creatures to humans.

More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the shallow waters off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth to protest at the destruction of the oceans by polluting nations.  Pictured, an inflatable shark with the words 'eat people not plastic'

More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the shallow waters off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth to protest at the destruction of the oceans by polluting nations.  Pictured, an inflatable shark with the words ‘eat people not plastic’

Pictured, paddleboarders

Pictured, an influx of paddleboards were seen

Organisers said they were thrilled by the turnout of the wet suit clad protestors as hundreds of people took to the water

In nearby Falmouth, protesters gathered around a banner that read 'this is an ocean and climate emergency’ before thrashing the water with their paddles and calling out for change

In nearby Falmouth, protesters gathered around a banner that read ‘this is an ocean and climate emergency’ before thrashing the water with their paddles and calling out for change

As part of Mr Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda the leaders of South Korea, India, Australia and South Africa will also take part in the summit events, expanding the G7 to take in other prominent democracies.

At the end of the day, the leaders attending the event – India’s Narendra Modi will only participate remotely because of the coronavirus crisis in his country – will relax with a barbecue on the beach cooked by Simon Stallard, chef at the Hidden Hut in Portscatho.

They will be served sirloin and lobster and can then enjoy hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around fire pits on the beach.

Sea shanty group Du Hag Owr will provide the musical accompaniment to the event.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge and US first lady Jill Biden have written a joint article on the importance of early childhood, following their visit to a primary school in Cornwall, where the G7 is taking place.

The two women met for the first time on Friday at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, where they took part in a round-table discussion with experts on the importance of the early years of childhood for future outcomes.

In the article, published by CNN, they say there must be a fundamental shift in how the UK and US approach the earliest years of life.

‘If we care about how children perform at school, how they succeed in their careers when they are older, and about their lifelong mental and physical health, then we have to care about how we are nurturing their brains, their experiences and relationships in the early years before school,’ they write.

Mr Macron cosied up to UK president Joe Biden despite social distancing rules as the summit kicked off yesterday

Mr Macron cosied up to UK president Joe Biden despite social distancing rules as the summit kicked off yesterday 

Ursula von der Leyen (left with Mr Macron and EU council chief Charles Michel in Cornwall yesterday) are also holding talks with Mr Johnson

Ursula von der Leyen (left with Mr Macron and EU council chief Charles Michel in Cornwall yesterday) are also holding talks with Mr Johnson  

The move puts him on collision course with Emmanuel Macron (second from right), Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen (right), whom he will meet for separate talks at the G7 summit in Cornwall today (pictured: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Joe Biden, second from left)

World leaders will join forces in bid to stop any new pandemic within 100 days: G7 nations vow to slash time taken to develop and license vaccines 

World leaders will commit today to work together to crush future pandemics within 100 days.

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held.

As part of the strategy, Britain will build a £25million animal vaccine centre to halt the spread of new diseases and therefore prevent them from jumping to humans.

About three-quarters of new human diseases are thought to have started in animals. 

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The centre will draw on the existing Pirbright Institute’s world-leading expertise in preventing and controlling the spread of viruses in order to accelerate the delivery of vaccines for livestock diseases.

Melinda French Gates, as she is now known after separating from the Microsoft founder, and the UK’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will present findings from their work on the pandemic preparedness partnership to the G7 leaders today.

The Carbis Bay Declaration will incorporate the recommendations of their findings, which highlight how the first 100 days after the identification of an epidemic threat are crucial to changing its course and preventing it from becoming a pandemic.

The G7 nations – the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – will commit to measures aimed at slashing the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to under 100 days.

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held

They will also promise to reinforce global surveillance networks and support reforming and strengthening the World Health Organisation.

Boris Johnson said last night: ‘To truly defeat coronavirus and recover we need to prevent a pandemic like this from ever happening again. 

‘That means learning lessons from the last 18 months and doing it differently next time around. I am proud that for the first time today the world’s leading democracies have come together to make sure that never again will we be caught unawares.’

Covid is thought to have spread to humans from bats, although some now believe it might have escaped from a laboratory in China.



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Boris Johnson risks an EU trade war as he vows to protect Ulster chilled meat exports 

Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks
Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks


Ministers today warned the EU they will not be allowed to ‘threaten the integrity’ of the UK as Boris Johnson faces off with leaders at the G7 in Cornwall. 

The PM has signalled a tough line against the ‘excessively burdensome’ approach from Brussels to the Northern Ireland protocol as he holds talks with Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.  

Ministers fear traders face a complete ban on sausage exports when a ‘grace period’ on the Brexit deal expires at the end of this month. 

But on the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is ‘not serious’. 

After months of impasse in negotiations, Mr Johnson is now ready to extend the grace period within days, probably until at least the end of the year unless there is a breakthrough. 

Whitehall sources said he believes he has ‘no alternative’ but to intervene to block Brussels rules that would ban firms in Great Britain sending chilled meat products to Ulster.

He prepared for the showdown with EU counterparts by going for a swim near the luxurious hotel where the summit is happening.  

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘They can be more pragmatic about the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol in a way that is win-win or they can be bloody-minded and purist about it in which case I am afraid we will not allow the integrity of the UK to be threatened.’ 

Boris Johnson attacks EU over Northern Ireland rules after G7 talks

Boris Johnson held talks with Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit this morning. He is due to meet Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen later 

On the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is 'not serious'

On the eve of the Carbis Bay gathering Mr Macron vowed to veto any overhaul of the terms, saying the idea is ‘not serious’

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron were expected to trade blows over the Northern Ireland protocol during their meeting today

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron were expected to trade blows over the Northern Ireland protocol during their meeting today

Mr Johnson and German Chancellor Mrs Merkel also met for a bilateral at the summit in Cornwall this morning

Mr Johnson and German Chancellor Mrs Merkel also met for a bilateral at the summit in Cornwall this morning

The PM got in the mood for the potentially explosive encounter with Mr Macron by swimming in Carbis Bay this morning

The PM got in the mood for the potentially explosive encounter with Mr Macron by swimming in Carbis Bay this morning

The premier also went for a jog as he tries to keep his health kick going during the gathering of world leaders this weekend

The premier also went for a jog as he tries to keep his health kick going during the gathering of world leaders this weekend

Mr Macron cosied up to UK president Joe Biden despite social distancing rules as the summit kicked off yesterday

Mr Macron cosied up to UK president Joe Biden despite social distancing rules as the summit kicked off yesterday 

How sausages sparked a cold meat war between the UK and EU 

The ‘sausage war’ row is the latest front in the ongoing stand-off between Britain and the European Union over Northern Ireland. 

When Boris Johnson agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels to make Brexit happen it included the Northern Ireland Protocol.

This is a complex trade agreement that tries to deal with the fact that Ulster is the only part of the UK with an EU land border, with Ireland.

The new arrangements have caused some disruption to trade since the start of the year as firms have struggled with new processes and administration. 

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of sectarian violence in Ulster, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland must remain ‘soft’, ie no ‘hard’ border posts with checks on traffic. 

The NIP, which was signed off by both sides, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market for goods in order to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

Despite Mr Johnson’s claims to the contrary,  it has meant erecting a trade barrier in the Irish Sea for goods crossing from Great Britain, which have to face customs checks before entering Northern Ireland – even if they are not being taken into the Republic.

A six-month ‘grace period’ for these checks was agreed to allow the infrastructure to be put in place, which runs out at the end of June. 

But the checks have infuriated the loyalist community in Northern Ireland, who are outraged at the internal UK free market is being interrupted. 

Earlier this year, armed loyalist groups said they were temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal.

The groups said they believed Britain, Ireland and the EU had breached their commitments to the peace deal.

The UK Government has not ruled out unilaterally extending the check-free period after June 30, but that has angered the EU, which says that the UK must honour the deal it signed up to less than six months ago. 

Brussels 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 Brexit ‘divorce’ settlement which Mr Johnson signed. 

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic last said patience with the UK was wearing ‘very, very thin’ after talks in London ended in deadlock.  

The source added: ‘Given the EU’s position on this I cannot see any alternative to taking unilateral action.’ The PM’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson would rather see a negotiated settlement, but warned that ‘all options are on the table’.

No 10 also rejected an EU ‘compromise’ proposal for Britain to accept ongoing alignment with Brussels rules on the grounds it would make it impossible to strike ambitious trade deals. 

European leaders have warned this week that unilateral action would lead to retaliatory measures, including tariffs and quotas. T

he row is set to dominate the PM’s meetings with Mr Macron, Mrs Merkel and Mrs von der Leyen today.

The three leaders appeared to be co-ordinating their response yesterday when they held an impromptu get-together with Italian PM Mario Draghi and European Council chief Charles Michel at the Carbis Bay resort where the summit is being held. 

Mr Macron tweeted in a pointed remark: ‘As always, the same union, the same determination to act, the same enthusiasm.’ 

He has already been accused of ‘posturing’ after warning the UK that ‘nothing is renegotiable’.

But last night there were signs the EU was backing down over its threats to escalate the crisis.

Irish broadcaster RTE quoted an EU source suggesting the bloc could now take a softly-softly approach for fear of falling into the ‘trap’ of inflaming tensions in the Province as the Unionist ‘marching season’ reaches its climax.

The source said: ‘The EU doesn’t want to get sucked into the stupid sausage war type narrative, where we would be seen to be coming on heavy because of things like chilled meat, sausages etc.’ 

EU leaders had been hoping that US President Joe Biden would pressure the PM to back down in order to avoid increasing tensions in Northern Ireland.

In an extraordinary move, it emerged before the summit that American diplomats had issued a ‘demarche’ against the UK – a rarely-used formal rebuke to an ally over policy. 

However, the White House then humiliatingly backed off a public confrontation amid anger from the government and Brexiteers.  

No 10 said the US President was in ‘complete harmony’ with the PM after talks on Thursday.

Mr Johnson yesterday revealed he had given Mr Biden details of the disproportionate checks being imposed by the EU on goods traded from Britain to Northern Ireland.

He told the BBC: ‘Twenty per cent 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.’ 

He added: ‘There are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work that may be excessively burdensome.’ 

The PM insisted it would be possible to ‘sort out’ the issues. 

But officials are pessimistic about an immediate breakthrough.

The dispute arises out of provisions in the Brexit deal that leave Northern Ireland within the EU’s single market for goods. 

Mr Johnson accuses Brussels of taking a ‘purist’ approach to the deal and applying it to all goods crossing the Irish Sea, regardless of whether or not they are set to enter the EU.

The main summit agenda will see the leaders commit to a new plan aimed at preventing a repeat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The leaders of the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy will close the day with a barbecue on the beach, with entertainment provided by a Cornish sea shanty group and a Red Arrows flypast.

The main business of the summit will see the leaders discuss building resilience to future crises, consider foreign policy and then decide on their response to Covid-19.

Leaders from the G7 will commit to a new plan – the Carbis Bay Declaration – to quash future pandemics within the first 100 days.

The UK will also create a new animal vaccine centre aimed at preventing future diseases crossing from creatures to humans.

As part of Mr Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda the leaders of South Korea, India, Australia and South Africa will also take part in the summit events, expanding the G7 to take in other prominent democracies.

At the end of the day, the leaders attending the event – India’s Narendra Modi will only participate remotely because of the coronavirus crisis in his country – will relax with a barbecue on the beach cooked by Simon Stallard, chef at the Hidden Hut in Portscatho.

They will be served sirloin and lobster and can then enjoy hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around fire pits on the beach.

Sea shanty group Du Hag Owr will provide the musical accompaniment to the event.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge and US first lady Jill Biden have written a joint article on the importance of early childhood, following their visit to a primary school in Cornwall, where the G7 is taking place.

The two women met for the first time on Friday at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, where they took part in a round-table discussion with experts on the importance of the early years of childhood for future outcomes.

In the article, published by CNN, they say there must be a fundamental shift in how the UK and US approach the earliest years of life.

‘If we care about how children perform at school, how they succeed in their careers when they are older, and about their lifelong mental and physical health, then we have to care about how we are nurturing their brains, their experiences and relationships in the early years before school,’ they write.

Ursula von der Leyen (left with Mr Macron and EU council chief Charles Michel in Cornwall yesterday) are also holding talks with Mr Johnson

Ursula von der Leyen (left with Mr Macron and EU council chief Charles Michel in Cornwall yesterday) are also holding talks with Mr Johnson  

The move puts him on collision course with Emmanuel Macron (second from right), Angela Merkel and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen (right), whom he will meet for separate talks at the G7 summit in Cornwall today (pictured: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, left, and Joe Biden, second from left)

World leaders will join forces in bid to stop any new pandemic within 100 days: G7 nations vow to slash time taken to develop and license vaccines 

World leaders will commit today to work together to crush future pandemics within 100 days.

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held.

As part of the strategy, Britain will build a £25million animal vaccine centre to halt the spread of new diseases and therefore prevent them from jumping to humans.

About three-quarters of new human diseases are thought to have started in animals. 

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The centre will draw on the existing Pirbright Institute’s world-leading expertise in preventing and controlling the spread of viruses in order to accelerate the delivery of vaccines for livestock diseases.

Melinda French Gates, as she is now known after separating from the Microsoft founder, and the UK’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will present findings from their work on the pandemic preparedness partnership to the G7 leaders today.

The Carbis Bay Declaration will incorporate the recommendations of their findings, which highlight how the first 100 days after the identification of an epidemic threat are crucial to changing its course and preventing it from becoming a pandemic.

The G7 nations – the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – will commit to measures aimed at slashing the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to under 100 days.

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright in Surrey will be backed by £10million from the Government and £14.5million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held

The G7 nations will sign what will be known as the Carbis Bay Declaration, after the Cornish resort where the summit is being held

They will also promise to reinforce global surveillance networks and support reforming and strengthening the World Health Organisation.

Boris Johnson said last night: ‘To truly defeat coronavirus and recover we need to prevent a pandemic like this from ever happening again. 

‘That means learning lessons from the last 18 months and doing it differently next time around. I am proud that for the first time today the world’s leading democracies have come together to make sure that never again will we be caught unawares.’

Covid is thought to have spread to humans from bats, although some now believe it might have escaped from a laboratory in China.



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The Queen is greeted by Boris and his new wife Carrie as she arrives at the G7 summit in Cornwall 

The Queen is greeted by Boris and his new wife Carrie as she arrives at the G7 summit in Cornwall 
The Queen is greeted by Boris and his new wife Carrie as she arrives at the G7 summit in Cornwall 


The Queen sent G7 leaders into fits of laughter when she quipped ‘are you supposed to look as if you’re enjoying yourself’ while posing for a photograph.

Britain sought to dazzle the world’s most powerful with a royal charm offensive at a no-holds-barred reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall on Friday night.

And the 95-year-old Monarch’s natural wit appeared to have won the leaders over when, during a posed photocall, she asked: ‘Are you supposed to look as if you’re enjoying yourself?’

As other leaders began to chuckle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly replied: ‘We have been enjoying ourselves, despite appearances.’

The Royal Family was out in force for the reception, with the Queen joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Earlier this evening, Mr Johnson and his new wife Carrie – wearing a subdued floral dress from The Vampire’s Wife – were seen greeting the Royals.

Kate cut an elegant figure in a mid-length cream Alexander McQueen gown – thought to have cost £3,000 – while Camilla opted for a long sleeve black and white dress. The Queen fit the horticultural theme of the venue in a dress patterned with flowers.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill were also seen arriving. The reception marked the first time the newly elected President met the Queen – with latter seen beaming as she stood in conversation with both Mr Biden and the First Lady. 

Afterwards, Prince Charles with Prince William at his side hosted a reception for the leaders – including Mr Biden and Mr Johnson – and executives from some of the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle climate change.

The Royals are at the centre of Britain’s diplomatic mission to woo the US as Mr Johnson pushes for a quick free trade deal with President Biden as well as a quarantine-free travel corridor this summer.

The Firm then left the reception before world leaders enjoyed an evening meal. The menu for the event had been created by chef Emily Scott of the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay and included Cornish turbot and new potatoes for the main course, and local cheeses.

The Queen is greeted by Boris and his new wife Carrie as she arrives at the G7 summit in Cornwall 

The Queen sent G7 leaders into fits of giggles when she quipped ‘are you supposed be looking as if you’re enjoying it’ while posing for a photograph 

As other leaders began to chuckle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly replied: 'We have been enjoying ourselves, despite appearances.' Pictured: The leaders were seen speaking to the Queen after the photo

As other leaders began to chuckle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson jokingly replied: ‘We have been enjoying ourselves, despite appearances.’ Pictured: The leaders were seen speaking to the Queen after the photo

Britain is seeking to dazzle the world's most powerful with a royal charm offensive at a no-holds-barred reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Charles and Camilla speaking to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Britain is seeking to dazzle the world’s most powerful with a royal charm offensive at a no-holds-barred reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Charles and Camilla speaking to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 

The Queen is seen speaking to the Prime Minister and his new wife at the Eden Project in Cornwall

The Queen is seen speaking to the Prime Minister and his new wife at the Eden Project in Cornwall

The Queen spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron as Prime Minister Mr Johnson looked on closely

The Queen spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron as Prime Minister Mr Johnson looked on closely

President Biden smiled at the camera as he walked towards a planned photocall at the Eden Project

President Biden smiled at the camera as he walked towards a planned photocall at the Eden Project

World Leaders make their way for a group photo before a reception at the Eden Project during the G7 summit in Cornwall

World Leaders make their way for a group photo before a reception at the Eden Project during the G7 summit in Cornwall

The Queen is seen walking along with Charles and Camilla as they made their way into the Eden Project for the reception

The Queen is seen walking along with Charles and Camilla as they made their way into the Eden Project for the reception

World leaders headed out to pose for a photograph as a group at the Eden Project in Cornwall

World leaders headed out to pose for a photograph as a group at the Eden Project in Cornwall

The Queen has arrived at the Eden Project in Cornwall for a no-holds-barred reception with G7 leaders – as Britain pulls out all the stops to dazzle the world’s most powerful

The Queen was seen speaking to Joe and Jill Biden at the reception. Prince Charles was in conversation with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Queen was seen speaking to Joe and Jill Biden at the reception. Prince Charles was in conversation with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Queen smiled as she spoke to the President and the First Lady at the reception on Friday

The Queen smiled as she spoke to the President and the First Lady at the reception on Friday

The Queen beamed as she spoke to world leaders at the reception in Cornwall. Boris Johnson stood nearby

The Queen beamed as she spoke to world leaders at the reception in Cornwall. Boris Johnson stood nearby

It appears the President and his wife hit it off with the Monarch, who smiled throughout their conversation

It appears the President and his wife hit it off with the Monarch, who smiled throughout their conversation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie with G7 leaders attend a reception at the Eden Project

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie with G7 leaders attend a reception at the Eden Project

Leaders were seen smiling and laughing amid conversation during the reception at the Eden Project

Leaders were seen smiling and laughing amid conversation during the reception at the Eden Project

The group smiled and laughed with the Queen as they chatted during the reception

The group smiled and laughed with the Queen as they chatted during the reception

The Queen stood alongside Boris Johnson as she spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

The Queen stood alongside Boris Johnson as she spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall speak with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall speak with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Another angle showed the Queen beaming as she spoke to the US President and First Lady. Boris Johnson is seen standing nearby

Another angle showed the Queen beaming as she spoke to the US President and First Lady. Boris Johnson is seen standing nearby

G7 leaders are seen speaking with the Queen at the Eden Project reception on Friday

G7 leaders are seen speaking with the Queen at the Eden Project reception on Friday

The Prime Minister's new wife Carrie Johnson bumped elbows with President Biden as First Lady Jill beamed during the reception

The Prime Minister’s new wife Carrie Johnson bumped elbows with President Biden as First Lady Jill beamed during the reception

The Queen is seen in a car ahead of arriving at the Eden Project in Cornwall for a reception with G7 leaders

The Queen is seen in a car ahead of arriving at the Eden Project in Cornwall for a reception with G7 leaders

Kate cut an elegant figure in a mid-length cream gown while Camilla opted for a long sleeve black and white dress. The Queen fit the horticultural theme of the venue in a dress patterned with flowers

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill were also seen arriving as they walked underneath the leaf-covered arches and headed into the reception

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill were also seen arriving as they walked underneath the leaf-covered arches and headed into the reception

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron were also seen arriving at the Eden Project. Mrs Macron opted for a subdued beige outfit

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron were also seen arriving at the Eden Project. Mrs Macron opted for a subdued beige outfit

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and husband Joachim Sauer were also seen arriving for the reception

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and husband Joachim Sauer were also seen arriving for the reception

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko were also among the arrivals

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko were also among the arrivals

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her husband Heiko were also seen arriving

Canada’s Prime Minister Mr Trudeau arrived alone for the banquet this evening

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi attended the drinks reception at the Eden Project

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi attended the drinks reception at the Eden Project

European Council President Charles Michel and his wife Amelie Derbaudrenghien walked in hand in hand

Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie Johnson were seen arriving at the Eden Project

Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie Johnson were seen arriving at the Eden Project

Carrie wore a subdued black floral dress in contrast with the fuchsia pink number she donned to meet leaders earlier

Carrie wore a subdued black floral dress in contrast with the fuchsia pink number she donned to meet leaders earlier

The new Mrs Johnson beamed as she arrived with her husband. She paired her dress with yellow pumps

The new Mrs Johnson beamed as she arrived with her husband. She paired her dress with yellow pumps

The couple were seen clutching drinks as they arrived to attend the reception at the Eden Project

The couple were seen clutching drinks as they arrived to attend the reception at the Eden Project

The Queen and the Prince of Wales are seen peering at photographers while waiting outside the reception

The Queen and the Prince of Wales are seen peering at photographers while waiting outside the reception 

The Queen walked alongside Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie at the Eden Project during a reception for G7 leaders

The Queen walked alongside Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie at the Eden Project during a reception for G7 leaders

The Prime Minister and his new wife were seen speaking to the Monarch as they made their way to other leaders

The Prime Minister and his new wife were seen speaking to the Monarch as they made their way to other leaders

What did Prince Charles say to G7 leaders? 

‘The fight against this terrible pandemic provides, if ever one was needed, a crystal clear example of the scale and sheer speed at which the global community can tackle crises when we combine political will, with business ingenuity and public mobilisation.

‘And we are doing it for the pandemic. 

‘So, if you don’t mind me saying so, we must also do it for the planet.

‘My sustainable markets initiative has brought together over 300 global CEOs forming a coalition of the willing.

‘They have over $60 trillion in assets under management, and crucially a determination to direct tens of trillions of dollars towards sustainable investment by 2030 with invaluable support from the world’s four largest accountancy firms.’

 

Mr Johnson earlier expanded on his vision for the qualities the world should be encouraging following the havoc wreaked by Covid-19.

In a bizarre opening speech, he urged other G7 leaders to aim for a more ‘feminine’ and ‘gender neutral’ recovery and appealed for them to ‘level up’ and not repeat the mistakes of the aftermath of the credit crunch when ‘inequality’ increased.

Mr Johnson arrived hand in hand with Carrie at the Eden Project on Friday night, with the PM’s new wife wearing a black and floral The Vampire’s Wife dress which, when bought new, is £805.

But Carrie has shown a love for rental fashion apps and websites so far during her trip – with last night’s dress rented from British website HURR.

Also during the summit the Queen –  in a rare joint engagement with Camilla and Kate – attended an event at the Eden Project in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022.

The charity pulls together communities at events involving food and drink. 

The three most senior royal women met Big Lunch volunteers, and thank them for their efforts supporting their communities through the challenges of the past year. 

Tomorrow’s entertainment will include a barbecue on Carbis Bay beach that will feature the Red Arrows flypast and music from sea shanty group Du Hag Owr.

Chef Simon Stallard from the Hidden Hut restaurant in nearby Portscatho has put together a menu that will include local crab, mackerel, lobster and sirloin plus Cornish sparkling wine.

Away from the feasting and politics, pandemic precautions have meant all countries are sending smaller delegations than usual. All delegates, including leaders, will have to take a Covid test every day.

Along with the President came his elaborate motorcade which wound through the Cornish countryside

Along with the President came his elaborate motorcade which wound through the Cornish countryside

President Biden is seen arriving in his motorcade at the Eden Project this evening for the G7 banquet

President Biden is seen arriving in his motorcade at the Eden Project this evening for the G7 banquet

The Royals - lead by the Queen - were seen arriving ahead of the G7 banquet at the Eden Project in Cornwall last night

The Royals – lead by the Queen – were seen arriving ahead of the G7 banquet at the Eden Project in Cornwall last night

The Queen is seen arriving at the Eden Project in Cornwall on Friday night. It is hoped that the Royal Family will woo foreign leaders

The Queen is seen arriving at the Eden Project in Cornwall on Friday night. It is hoped that the Royal Family will woo foreign leaders 

Also during the summit the Queen attended an event at the Eden Project in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

Also during the summit the Queen attended an event at the Eden Project in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

It was a rare joint engagement with Camilla and Kate. Pictured: The three royals are seen during a cake cutting at the event

It was a rare joint engagement with Camilla and Kate. Pictured: The three royals are seen during a cake cutting at the event

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen meet people from communities across Cornwall at the event

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen meet people from communities across Cornwall at the event

Big Lunch pulls together communities at events involving food and drink. Pictured: A scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years

Big Lunch pulls together communities at events involving food and drink. Pictured: A scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years

The Queen, Camilla and Kate are seen arriving to attend an event in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project

The Queen, Camilla and Kate are seen arriving to attend an event in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project

The Queen beamed at the event. The Big Lunch will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

The Queen beamed at the event. The Big Lunch will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

The Queen, Camilla and Kate look at a scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years during an engagement in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project

The Queen, Camilla and Kate look at a scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years during an engagement in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets people from communities across Cornwall at the Big Lunch event

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets people from communities across Cornwall at the Big Lunch event

The Queen is seen meeting people from across Cornwall at the event on Friday

The Queen is seen meeting people from across Cornwall at the event on Friday

EARLIER: From left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the 'family photo' at Carbis Bay on Friday

EARLIER: From left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the ‘family photo’ at Carbis Bay on Friday

A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte (both right), with Boris Johnson (left with Carrie) warmly referring to him as 'Emmanuel' despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol

A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte (both right), with Boris Johnson (left with Carrie) warmly referring to him as ‘Emmanuel’ despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol

Prime Minister Boris Johnson bumps elbows with France's President Emmanuel Macron at Carbis Bay in Cornwall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson bumps elbows with France’s President Emmanuel Macron at Carbis Bay in Cornwall

European Council President Charles Michel's wife Amelie Derbaudrenghien (left) gets an elbow bump from Carrie Johnson

European Council President Charles Michel’s wife Amelie Derbaudrenghien (left) gets an elbow bump from Carrie Johnson

As Mr Johnson led the way inside at the urging of Mrs Merkel, Mr Macron took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden's shoulders and begin an animated discussion

As Mr Johnson led the way inside at the urging of Mrs Merkel, Mr Macron took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden’s shoulders and begin an animated discussion

Justin Trudeau arrived alone to be greeted by the PM and Carrie on the beach at Carbis Bay

Justin Trudeau arrived alone to be greeted by the PM and Carrie on the beach at Carbis Bay

Mr Biden quipped that everyone should go for a swim in the sea - with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in

Mr Biden quipped that everyone should go for a swim in the sea – with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in

The new Mrs Johnson seemed to take easily to her hosting duties at the summit in Cornwall this  afternoon

The new Mrs Johnson seemed to take easily to her hosting duties at the summit in Cornwall this  afternoon 

The couple were seen smiling as they stood on the beach in Cornwall. Mrs Johnson looked radiant in pink

The couple were seen smiling as they stood on the beach in Cornwall. Mrs Johnson looked radiant in pink

Following the photo opportunity, Mrs Biden was seen walking in Carbis Bay wearing a coat to protect her from the chill

Following the photo opportunity, Mrs Biden was seen walking in Carbis Bay wearing a coat to protect her from the chill

The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson (right) with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her husband Heiko

The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson (right) with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her husband Heiko

Mrs Johnson bumped elbows with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the beach

Mrs Johnson bumped elbows with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the beach

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, US President Joe Biden, President of France, Emmanuel Macron and European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (left to right) after the leaders official welcome and family photo

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, US President Joe Biden, President of France, Emmanuel Macron and European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (left to right) after the leaders official welcome and family photo

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrived in Cornwall ahead of the family photo

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrived in Cornwall ahead of the family photo

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who was invited by Mr Johnson to attend the latter stages of the summit, will now take part virtually because of his country’s continuing Covid crisis.

Earlier on Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, joined First Lady Jill Biden, 70, to meet children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne – 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 on their shared passion for children.  

The animated pair, who met for the first time, 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.

Mr Macron and US President Mr Biden walked together after the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Mr Macron and US President Mr Biden walked together after the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Mr Johnson walked next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay

Mr Johnson walked next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay

President Biden and France's President Macron smiled as they walked along the boardwalk during the G7 summit

President Biden and France’s President Macron smiled as they walked along the boardwalk during the G7 summit

Mr Macron placed a hand on a distracted Mr Johnson's back during the photo opportunity in Carbis Bay

Mr Macron placed a hand on a distracted Mr Johnson’s back during the photo opportunity in Carbis Bay

Mr and Mrs Johnson are seen smiling next to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they pose for a photo

Mr and Mrs Johnson are seen smiling next to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they pose for a photo

Boris Johnson greets European Council President Charles Michel ahead of the family photo during the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay

Boris Johnson greets European Council President Charles Michel ahead of the family photo during the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay

Officially kicking off the summit in Carbis Bay, the PM appealed for leaders to ‘level up’ and not repeat the mistakes of the aftermath of the credit crunch when ‘inequality’ increased.

But he sparked bewilderment as he expanded on his vision for the qualities the world should be encouraging following the havoc wreaked by the devastating disease.    

As the leaders – including US president Joe Biden – sat around a table before the first session, Mr Johnson told them they need to ‘build back better’ and be ‘united in our vision for a cleaner, greener world’.

‘I think that is what the people of our countries now want us to focus on. They want us to be sure that we are beating the pandemic together and discussing how we will never have a repeat of what we have seen but also that we are building back better together,’ he said.

‘Building back greener and building back fairer and building back more equal and, how shall I, in a more gender neutral and, perhaps a more feminine way.

‘How about that, apart from anything else. So those are some of the objectives that we have before us at Carbis Bay.’  

Asked what the premier meant by a ‘feminine’ recovery, his spokesman said he had been referring to a £430million pledge to support education for vulnerable young children and particularly girls. 

The comments came after the PM finally came off the fence after days of dodging over whether the England football team should be ‘taking the knee’ – with No10 saying that he backs ‘peaceful protest’ and wants fans to get behind the team. It amounted to a slapdown for skills minister Gillian Keegan, who had slammed the gesture, linked to the BLM movement, for ‘creating new divisions’. 

It marks a significant shift for the government, which has seemed keen to take aim at the so-called ‘woke’ agenda, triggering claims that they are waging cultural wars.

But it will also spark alarm among Tory MPs, many of whom are deeply suspicious of a BLM movement they regard as hard-Left and anti-police. 

Before going into the private discussions that he described as a ‘fireside chat’ for the world’s most powerful countries, Mr Johnson told the group how pleased he was they could all meet in person for the first time since the crisis erupted.

‘I actually think this is a meeting that genuinely needs to happen because we need to make sure that we learn the lessons from the pandemic, we need to make sure that we don’t repeat some of the errors that we doubtless made in the course of the last 18 months or so and we need to make sure that we now allow our economies to recover,’ he said.

‘I think that they have the potential to bounce back very strongly and there is all sorts of reasons for being optimistic.

‘But it is vital that we don’t repeat the mistake of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession in 2008, when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society and I think what has gone wrong with this pandemic, or what risks being a lasting scar, is that I think the inequalities may be entrenched.

‘We need to make sure that as we recover we level up across our societies and we build back better.’ 

Earlier, the PM and Carrie – believed to be a major influence on his green agenda – were all smiles as they formally greeted G7 leaders on the golden sands of Carbis Bay.

The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia Roksanda dress – which can be rented online for just £24 – welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk. 

Mr Johnson urged G7 leaders to aim for a more 'feminine' and 'gender neutral' recovery from coronavirus in a bizarre opening speech

Mr Johnson urged G7 leaders to aim for a more ‘feminine’ and ‘gender neutral’ recovery from coronavirus in a bizarre opening speech

As the leaders - including US president Joe Biden - sat around a table before the first session, Boris Johnson told them they need to 'build back better'

As the leaders – including US president Joe Biden – sat around a table before the first session, Boris Johnson told them they need to ‘build back better’

Mr Johnson, who notoriously boasted he was still shaking hands with everyone in the early stages of the pandemic, appeared to remind himself not to get too close, saying ‘Elbows!’  

Joe Biden was accompanied by wife Jill, while Angela Merkel was with her husband, but Justin Trudeau and Mario Draghi of Italy arrived alone. 

A grinning Emmanuel Macron strolled up alongside Brigitte, with Mr Johnson warmly referring to him as ‘Emmanuel’ despite the French president stoking the Northern Ireland row by vowing to veto an overhaul of the protocol. 

Mr Biden made a quip urging people to go swimming, saying ‘everyone in the water’- with Mr Johnson joking in response that he had already been in.  

Jill Biden laughed: ‘I feel like we are at a wedding’. Later Mr Johnson joked that it was like ‘walking down the aisle.’   

The leaders then posed for the traditional family photograph – again socially distanced – before heading inside for the first summit session.

But there was time for one more move from Mr Macron. As Mr Johnson led the way at the urging of Mrs Merkel, the French President took the opportunity to throw his arm around Mr Biden’s shoulders and begin an animated discussion.  



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Carrie Johnson wears elegant floral gown as she arrives at the G7 reception

Carrie Johnson wears elegant floral gown as she arrives at the G7 reception
Carrie Johnson wears elegant floral gown as she arrives at the G7 reception


Carrie Johnson has showcased her style prowess once again this evening as she arrived at the G7 reception in an elegant floral gown.

The newlywed, who married Prime Minister Boris Johnson on May 29, dazzled in a rented The Vampire’s Wife frock when attending the event, hosted by the Queen and Prince Charles at the Eden Project, in Cornwall, following the start of the summit today.

Arriving hand-in-hand with her husband, Carrie, 33, put her best fashion foot forward in the multi-coloured dress – priced at £805 when bought new – teamed with rented yellow Prada heels.

Carrie Johnson wears elegant floral gown as she arrives at the G7 reception

Carrie Johnson (pictured with her husband) has showcased her style prowess once again this evening as she arrived at the G7 reception in an elegant floral gown

The newlywed, who married Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured together) on May 29, dazzled when attending the event, hosted by the Queen and Prince Charles at the Eden Project, in Cornwall, following the start of the summit today

The newlywed, who married Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured together) on May 29, dazzled when attending the event, hosted by the Queen and Prince Charles at the Eden Project, in Cornwall, following the start of the summit today

Arriving hand-in-hand with her husband, Carrie (pictured right), 33, put her best fashion foot forward in the multi-coloured dress from The Vampire's Wife, teamed with yellow heels

 Arriving hand-in-hand with her husband, Carrie (pictured right), 33, put her best fashion foot forward in the multi-coloured dress from The Vampire’s Wife, teamed with yellow heels

Carrie’s dress when bought as new is an eye-watering £805, however the Prime Minister’s wife has shown a love for rental fashion apps and websites so far during her trip. 

And she didn’t disappoint this time around, with the dress, from celebrity-loved brand The Vampire’s Wife, being rented from British website HURR.

Letting the statement black, red and gold silk garment do all the talking, Carrie kept her accessories to a minimum, wearing dainty drop earrings from Cornish designer Mirri Damer.

The local fashion creator makes everything herself and is inspired by the natural environment surrounding her. 

Known for her vibrant outfits, mother-of-one Carrie added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a bright yellow Gucci clutch bag and matching Prada shoes rented from MyWardrobeHq. 

Letting the statement garment do all the talking, Carrie (pictured) kept her accessories to a minimum

Letting the statement garment do all the talking, Carrie (pictured) kept her accessories to a minimum

However known for her vibrant outfits, the mother-of-one (pictured with Boris) added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a bright yellow clutch bag and matching shoes

However known for her vibrant outfits, the mother-of-one (pictured with Boris) added a pop of colour to her ensemble with a bright yellow clutch bag and matching shoes

She kept hair styled loose, while wearing a smattering of glamorous makeup to complete her glamorous look. 

Carrie’s appearance this evening comes after the mother-of-one was left beaming earlier today after she bumped elbows with Justin Trudeau as she and Boris formally greeted G7 leaders for the first time. 

The Canadian Prime Minister has become the unlikely political crush of women everywhere since being elected  – and it seems not even Carrie is immune to his charms.  

She was seen today sharing a friendly moment with Trudeau as the newlyweds welcomed guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk on Carbis Bay.  

As Trudeau approached he put on a face mask before bumping elbows with Boris and turning his attention to Carrie to say: ‘It’s lovely to meet you Carrie’. 

Carrie (pictured next to the royal family) kept hair styled loose, while wearing a smattering of glamorous makeup to complete her glamorous look

Carrie (pictured next to the royal family) kept hair styled loose, while wearing a smattering of glamorous makeup to complete her glamorous look

The Queen speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill. Carrie is pictured right with Boris Johnson

The Queen speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill. Carrie is pictured right with Boris Johnson

Boris then shared some brief words with the pair, who were seen sharing a short conversation and laughing before posing for a photograph.  

The 33-year-old opted for a vibrant pink Roksanda gown, initially costing £1,395, which she hired from rental website Hurr. 

Boris was last seen publicly with Trudeau when the pair met ahead of the last G7 summit held in Biarritz, France, almost two years before he and Carrie tied the knot last month. 

The pair wed in a ‘small ceremony’ at Westminster Cathedral this May after an extraordinary cloak-and-dagger operation to keep the event secret – with a bigger celebration planned for next summer.

Earlier today, Carrie shared a friendly moment with Justin Trudeau as she and Boris formally greeted G7 leaders in Cornwall

Earlier today, Carrie shared a friendly moment with Justin Trudeau as she and Boris formally greeted G7 leaders in Cornwall

Carrie and Trudeau bumped elbows as the newlyweds welcomed guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk on Carbis Bay

Carrie and Trudeau bumped elbows as the newlyweds welcomed guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk on Carbis Bay

As Trudeau approached he put on a face mask before bumping elbows with Boris and turning his attention to Carrie to say: 'It's lovely to meet you Carrie'

As Trudeau approached he put on a face mask before bumping elbows with Boris and turning his attention to Carrie to say: ‘It’s lovely to meet you Carrie’

It was Carrie’s biggest outing on the world stage today as she also met Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi, Emanuel Macron and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

The Prime Minister’s new wife is playing a pivotal role in the summit by hosting the spouses of world leaders while their counterparts thrash out solutions to global issues. 

Yesterday she even went paddling with First Lady Jill Biden and her one-year-old son Wilfred. Carrie was seen laughing with the 70-year-old as they dipped their toes in the Cornish sea.  

Jill said today that it was ‘wonderful’ to spend time with Carrie, insisting the ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK ‘continues.’

The VERY rock and roll brand loved by celebrities and royals alike: How Carrie Johnson opted for trendy The Vampire’s Wife for G7 reception 

Carrie Johnson wowed in a rented The Vampire’s Wife frock when attending the G7 reception, hosted by the Queen and Prince Charles at the Eden Project, in Cornwall, following the start of the summit today. 

The brand, beloved by royals including Kate Middleton and Princess Beatrice, has developed a cult following, with celebrity fans including Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Cate Blanchett and Keira Knightley.

It’s famed for pretty prairie dresses infused with a dose of gothic glam, which are frequently spotted on red carpets. 

The brand was launched by former model Suzie Cave in 2014, and takes its name from an unfinished novel by her husband Nick Caves, and the clothes provide a wardrobe befitting such a title.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, stepped out in a £1,595 emerald gown by designer The Vampire's Wife as she joined Prince William for an evening reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in March 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, stepped out in a £1,595 emerald gown by designer The Vampire’s Wife as she joined Prince William for an evening reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in March 2020

The brand is much beloved by royals, with the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice stepping out in the label over the last few years.

Kate donned a £1,595 emerald gown by The Vampire’s Wife as she joined Prince William for an evening reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in March 2020.

The ensemble closely resembled the green dress by the same designer that Princess Beatrice wore to Ellie Goulding’s wedding last September.

Beatrice wore a £1,695 ‘The Veneration’ tiered silk-blend lamé dress by The Vampire’s Wife to the singer’s nuptials at York Minster Cathedral last year.

Meanwhile, in October 2020, H&M’s collaboration with the brand sold out in just 24 hours as shoppers compared buying pieces from the line with ‘getting a Glastonbury ticket’.

Princess Beatrice is also a fan of the brand, having worn a green dress from Suzie Cave's label to Ellie Goulding's wedding in September 2019

Princess Beatrice is also a fan of the brand, having worn a green dress from Suzie Cave’s label to Ellie Goulding’s wedding in September 2019

Others were left aghast after the pieces quickly appeared on resale sites such as eBay for more than four times their original price.

The limited edition line promised to be ‘progressive in both attitude and fabrication’, with whimsical dresses and gothic capes amoung the pieces for sale from just £9.99.

The Vampire’s Wife x H&M collection was also made from sustainably sourced materials, utilizing recycled nylon and polyester.

According to H&M the collection was ‘bold and feminine’, featuring a mix of gothic lace dresses with chic velvet and silvery capes.

Statement pieces included the lace mystique mini dress with signature shoulders, the velvety mini dress with sensual pussy-bow and the romantic silvery lace cape.

Accessorizes were whimsical with charm necklaces, bracelets and ear cuffs featuring eye, cloud and vampire teeth iconography.



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Body language expert analyses world leaders’ behaviour at the G7

Body language expert analyses world leaders’ behaviour at the G7
Body language expert analyses world leaders’ behaviour at the G7


A body language expert has said Boris Johnson attempted to exert his authority with a ‘bizarre John Wayne pose’ at today’s G7 summit and lacks a rapport with Emmanuel Macron – while Joe Biden has perfected a ‘presidential pose’.

The heads of the world’s seven leading liberal democracies gathered on the beach at Carbis Bay in Cornwall for a socially distanced photo this afternoon, and in so doing gave off some fascinating clues about their state of mind, according to Darren Stanton, TV’s Human Lie Detector.

Mr Stanton noted Carrie Johnson’s relaxed persona, suggesting that the 33-year-old mother of one appeared more at ease on her first major diplomatic function than world leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 49. He also noted that the newly married Johnsons appeared to mirror each other’s behaviour, indicating a ‘deep rapport’. 

Meanwhile, the body language expert contrasted President Biden’s body language indicating ‘openness and truthfulness’ with Mr Johnson’s ‘primeval’ displays of power to prove he was the ‘Alpha male in the pack’.

Body language expert analyses world leaders’ behaviour at the G7

‘ALPHA MALE’ BORIS: ‘We continue to see President Biden with his open palms, however Boris has his arms above his head. This again is a territorial power gesture to signify ”this is my turf and I’m the most powerful here”. Mr Macron looks on with an amused expression on his face,’ Mr Stanton says

BIDEN 'PRESIDENTIAL': 'Mr Trudeau has hit legs aside, which is a power gesture typically used by Putin and Trump. Biden has a very presidential pose. He is standing with his arms extended and hands open. We call this ''open palm gesture'' it's a gesture that goes back centuries and was principally used in the military to show others 'I have no weapons''

BIDEN ‘PRESIDENTIAL’: ‘Mr Trudeau has hit legs aside, which is a power gesture typically used by Putin and Trump. Biden has a very presidential pose. He is standing with his arms extended and hands open. We call this ”open palm gesture” it’s a gesture that goes back centuries and was principally used in the military to show others ‘I have no weapons”

BORIS AND MACRON'S LACK OF RAPPORT: 'Boris is looking like he's going in for hug. The feeling is not shared by Mr Macron as his body posture still turning forward indicates a lack of rapport. The direction a person's feet are pointing is significant. When we are in rapport talking to someone else or a group, our feet point towards each other'

BORIS AND MACRON’S LACK OF RAPPORT: ‘Boris is looking like he’s going in for hug. The feeling is not shared by Mr Macron as his body posture still turning forward indicates a lack of rapport. The direction a person’s feet are pointing is significant. When we are in rapport talking to someone else or a group, our feet point towards each other’

There has been tension between the pair over Northern Ireland, with President Biden warning Mr Johnson not to let the row over post-Brexit trading in Northern Ireland affect the peace process, but in recent days they have been speaking warmly about each other and the relationship between their two countries.

Describing the socially distanced photos featuring all the leaders, he told MailOnline: ‘President Biden has a very presidential pose.

‘He is standing with his arms extended and hands open. We call this the ”open palm gesture”, which goes back centuries and was principally used in the military to show others ”I have no weapons”. It’s a gesture of openness and truthfulness.

‘You also see that his posture is open and facing the front as if to include everyone.’

In one of the group photos Mr Johnson can be seen holding his hands over his head.

'A BIT OF FUN': This staged elbow between Macron and Carrie is staged and a bit of fun. I think Carrie seems the most naturally at ease and comfortable of the pair'

‘A BIT OF FUN’: This staged elbow between Macron and Carrie is staged and a bit of fun. I think Carrie seems the most naturally at ease and comfortable of the pair’

MACRON 'DISAGREEING' WITH BIDEN: 'Biden has his body close to him as he is a very tactile man. His posture is tilted towards Macron while Macron's is not. He is faxing forward, head down and his hands in his pockets. I'm not sure Macron is in total agreement our what is being presented to him by Biden'

MACRON ‘DISAGREEING’ WITH BIDEN: ‘Biden has his body close to him as he is a very tactile man. His posture is tilted towards Macron while Macron’s is not. He is faxing forward, head down and his hands in his pockets. I’m not sure Macron is in total agreement our what is being presented to him by Biden’

MERKEL 'EXERTING' AUTHORITY: 'It's interesting to see that Angela Merkel has her hand splayed open. This is a subtle version of the wide leg stance when someone is trying to exert their authority. Boris has adopted a very bizarre robotic movement'

MERKEL ‘EXERTING’ AUTHORITY: ‘It’s interesting to see that Angela Merkel has her hand splayed open. This is a subtle version of the wide leg stance when someone is trying to exert their authority. Boris has adopted a very bizarre robotic movement’

Commenting on the posture, Mr Stanton said: ‘Boris has adopted this very bizarre ‘’John Wayne Gunslinger” posture with his shoulders hunched up. Notice his palms are reversed and he is showing his knuckles.

‘This is a primeval gesture to show power. By showing someone your knuckles, you are conveying the meaning that you are the Alpha male in the pack and the most powerful. However in my opinion his posture is not convicting and seems forced.

‘You can see Mr Trudeau has his legs astride. This is a power gesture typically used by Putin and Trump. The theory is the wider the stance the more space we use and the more space we use the more powerful we feel and appear.

‘The other politicians seems to be adopting rather neutral stance. We can see Angela Merkel holding her hands in front of her as if to keep warm.’

In another image, the Prime Minister, 56, can be seen greeting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, 68.

‘Boris looking like he’s going in for hug,’ says Mr Stanton. ‘The feeling is not shared by Mr Macron as his body posture still turning forward indicates a lack of rapport. The direction a person’s feet are pointing is significant.

‘When we are in rapport talking to someone else or a group, our feet will point towards each other. Here we can see Mr Macron’s do not.

‘Next time you are speaking to someone and want to know if you are really getting on well, look at their feet to see which direction they are pointing in.’

POWER PLAY: 'This is a fantastic picture of Mr Macron and President Biden. This could on the surface appear to be quite an innocuous picture where two men have mutual respect for each other and have become friends. Indeed that may be true however this also is what we call a power pat or power gesture we are both men are exerting authority. With both men adopting the same hand over the back posture they are demonstrating equal amounts of power'

POWER PLAY: ‘This is a fantastic picture of Mr Macron and President Biden. This could on the surface appear to be quite an innocuous picture where two men have mutual respect for each other and have become friends. Indeed that may be true however this also is what we call a power pat or power gesture we are both men are exerting authority. With both men adopting the same hand over the back posture they are demonstrating equal amounts of power’ 

BORIS AND CARRIE'S RAPPORT: 'I think all the way through the conference, Carrie has had the giggles as this is the first formal engagement she has attended on the world stage as Mrs Johnson. At times she has appeared to be the more the positive one out of the couple. In this pose they are looking almost like bookends. One thing is for sure they are both in deep rapport as they are matching and mirroring each other’s body language'

BORIS AND CARRIE’S RAPPORT: ‘I think all the way through the conference, Carrie has had the giggles as this is the first formal engagement she has attended on the world stage as Mrs Johnson. At times she has appeared to be the more the positive one out of the couple. In this pose they are looking almost like bookends. One thing is for sure they are both in deep rapport as they are matching and mirroring each other’s body language’

Mr Stanton also detects some tension in two photos of Mr Macron speaking with Mr Biden, where they are both seen with one arm around each other.

‘Biden has his body close to Mr Macron as he is a very tactile man,’ he says. His posture is tilted towards Macron while Mr Macron’s is not. He is faxing forward, head down with his hands in his pockets.

‘I’m not sure Macron is in total agreement about what is being presented to him by President Biden.’

Mr Johnson is also seen walking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 66. There has previously been tension between the PM and EU leaders over a sausage trade war with the bloc.

Mr Stanton says: ‘It’s interesting to see that Angela Merkel has her hand splayed open, this is a subtle version of the wide leg stance with someone is trying to exert their authority.

‘Boris has adopted a very bizarre robotic movement. This gesture looks quite odd and for me the whole summit has been centred around Boris trying to look and feel powerful or at least create in the impression that he is a very confident man.’



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