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he Queen arrived at the Eden Project in Cornwall to welcome world leaders at a glittering G7 reception.

She was accompanied by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their first joint engagement since the pandemic began.

Their presence is part of the government’s attempts to maximise the royal family’s powers of soft diplomacy on US President Joe Biden and other powerful world leaders.

The queen with world leaders at The Eden Project

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Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie – wearing a floral dress from The Vampire’s Wife – arrived at the Eden Project before the royal family and were there to welcome the Queen after she entered the popular tourist attraction at about 6.30pm.

The Queen walked just ahead of Charles and Camilla and they were followed a few paces behind by William and Kate.

Kate wore a mid-length, £3,000 cream gown by Alexander McQueen while Camilla opted for a long sleeve black and white frock.

The Queen wore a dress patterned with flowers.

Mr and Mrs Johnson welcomed the Queen at the Eden Project

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After a brief exchange of words between Mr Johnson and the Queen, she led the way into the reception and was followed by the senior royals.

German leader Angela Merkel, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, Italy’s Mario Draghi, France’s Emanuel Macron and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attended the reception.

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After the 40-minute reception, they moved to an area to take a socially distanced group photo, and after taking their seats and posing for a few moments, the Queen said: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?”

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