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This week, Jill Biden will meet with Kate Middleton in England

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The two women will meet in person for the first time and participate in an event Friday that a spokesman called a “joint engagement.” But the Palace has not yet publicly disclosed any other information about the meeting, including scheduled times or location.

Middleton, with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, has taken on a bigger role in front of the public in recent years in the UK, advocating causes that include mental health, the general well-being of children, the importance of sports and visual arts. , as well as the importance of getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Middleton posted a photo of himself on his social media accounts receiving his first dose on May 29th.

Biden has also made several recent trips to various parts of the United States encouraging people to get vaccinated. The meeting in England between Biden and Middleton has been in progress for the past few weeks, a White House official told CNN.

The first lady accompanies him President Joe Biden for his first Group of 7 summit, which is held in Cornwall, England, from Friday to Sunday. The bidens arrived in England on Wednesday. On Thursday, the president and first lady met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson. Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson had a separate meeting for tea and a tour of St. Louis. Michael’s Mount on the Cornish coast.

In a statement to CNN, the East Wing notes, in addition to acting in a secondary role to the president, Jill Biden’s first trip abroad as a first lady includes several solo events, such as Middleton’s.

“The first lady has an independent program during the G7,” Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa said. “On Wednesday, at the Royal Air Force Base in Mildenhall, he spoke about the importance of supporting military families. He also organized a roundtable with U.S. military spouses focused on the well-being and emotional health of service members and their families “.

The events and discussion work in concert with one of Biden’s initiatives, Join Forces, which supports military families. With Middleton, Biden is expected to re-emphasize the military as well as the alliance between America and the United Kingdom, the White House official says.

The president and first lady will do the same to meet with the British queen Isabel II at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
It will be the queen ‘s first major meeting with a world leader since death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April, and comes after a year in which most of his face-to-face appointments were postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jill Biden will return to the United States after meeting the queen.
While Jill Biden has been friends for several years Prince Harry, whom she met in 2012 while she was second lady, has not met other members of the royal family.

CNN’s Max Foster and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.

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