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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pose with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson as they arrive for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

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Moments you missed as G-7 leaders meet for the first time since COVID-19: NPR

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pose with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson as they arrive for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

For the first time since the pandemic interrupted face-to-face events, leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US gathered for three days of talks in a British seaside town to try and resolve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Stopping the coronavirus pandemic will be at the center of the discussions. But summits like the G-7 also provide a window into the dynamic between world leaders beyond their statements and press conferences.

Take, for example, the unforgettable images of former President Donald Trump punching white fists with handshakes and push aside the Prime Minister of Montenegro in an apparent attempt to get to the forefront of a photo op.

Here’s a look at some of the moments you might have missed on Day 1.

Most important meal of the day

“Multilateralism is back @ G7,” tweeted Charles Michel, President of the European Council, alongside a photo of several leaders gathered for what appeared to be a breakfast before today’s talks. French President Emmanuel Macron also shared a photo of the rally via Twitter.

“The EU wants to make sure the world is vaccinated as quickly as possible. Only together can we do this by defending our values,” Michel wrote and included the hashtag “BuildBackBetter”, the phrase with which Biden campaigned to describe his program to “rescue, recover and rebuild” the United States

On Thursday, Biden announced that the United States would donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to nearly 100 countries struggling to afford them. G-7 leaders are expected to announce on the first day of talks their commitment to share $ 1 billion of their COVID-19 vaccine resources with low-income countries.

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Moments you missed as G-7 leaders meet for the first time since COVID-19: NPR

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson as he arrives for the summit.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson as he arrives for the summit.

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At the start of the summit on Friday, world leaders and their wives walked up a pier one at a time to take a photo with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.

Exaggerated nudges as a safety measure have replaced the traditional handshakes between rulers.

“Everyone in the water,” Biden joked to the pool of photographers.

Family photo

Moments you missed as G-7 leaders meet for the first time since COVID-19: NPR

The seven leaders gather for the traditional group photo before today’s talks.

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The seven leaders gather for the traditional group photo before today’s talks.

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As usual, leaders gathered for an official photo before talks began.

Harry and Meghan’s newborn baby is mentioned

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021.

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Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021.

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On Friday, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and First Lady Jill Biden visited a classroom at Connor Downs Academy and hosted a panel discussion on early childhood education.

That itself provided an awkward moment.

Reporters traveling with Biden have asked Middleton if she has any wishes for her new niece, Lilibeth Diana, the newborn daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who has walked away from the British royal family in a very public way.

The baby was named in honor of the Duke’s late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, and Queen Elizabeth. The name has sparked some controversy, with questions as to whether the Queen had given her blessing for the use of her childhood nickname.

“I wish her all the best. I can’t wait to meet her,” Middleton said. “We haven’t met her yet. Hope it will be soon.

She was asked if she had FaceTimed with her new niece. “No, I didn’t,” she said.





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