On day one of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson, even by his own dramatic standards, puts on a show.
Johnson’s G7 leaders will today have the full force of Britain’s greatest diplomatic asset, as they are invited to join none other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for dinner, along with other members family superiors.
Dinner will take place at the famous Eden Project, an impressive collection of biomes, one of which is home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest.
While the dinner will be the main royal event for the day, leaders will meet with other members of the world’s most famous family to discuss issues some of the family have been long-time activists on. Prince Charles, for example, will meet with leaders and business representatives to discuss the coordinated effort to tackle climate change, one of the UK government’s top priorities as it prepares to host COP26 later this year.
Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden will meet with future Queen Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to talk about the education of children, another major international goal of the Johnson administration.
Deploying the Royal Family in this manner is nothing new, and many British prime ministers have used the glitz of state visits to curry favor with world leaders. However, they do so at a time of particular turmoil for the monarchy.
Only a few weeks ago, the family mourned their patriarch, after the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99. And the family are in the midst of a very public feud with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, following their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they accused an anonymous senior royal of making racist statements .
Yesterday things weren’t going so well for Johnson as he seemed on track for a collision with the US president over Brexit. However, the US diplomatic retreat on reports that Biden had launched a demarche on Northern Ireland meant Johnson could rest easy. Now he can sit back and have fun dazzling his fellow executives as they rub shoulders with Britain’s biggest rockstars.