Friday 11 June 2021 3:45 pm

G7 2021: Boris Johnson welcomes leaders as they take 'family photo'

Boris Johnson has officially welcomed other G7 leaders to the 2021 summit in Cornwall, before taking a socially distanced “family photo”.

The seven leaders, who were joined by EU chiefs, and their spouses met with the Prime Minister and Carrie Johnson on Carbis Bay one-by-one before convening for a group photo.

Bloomberg reports Dr Jill Biden quipped that it “feels like we are at a wedding” after making the trek up the long walkway to meet the Johnsons.

Joe Biden then joked “everyone in the water” while the leaders were posing for the family photo.

Noticeably, French President Emmanuel Macron intercepted Biden as they walked off the beach and put his arm around the US President.

The pair continued to walk arm-in-arm and talk for the next minute.

The three-day summit kicked off today with a series of bilaterals between different leaders, before they began the first joint meeting at around 2.45pm.

Johnson held one-on-one meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Candian Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Buildup To June's G7 Summit In Carbis Bay
Boris Johnson, and wife Carrie Johnson, arrive for the leaders official welcome and family photo (Getty Images)

Johnson said in his opening remarks to the joint session that we need to “build back better…in a more feminine way”.

Leaders will have a reception with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family on Friday night, before having dinner cooked by chef Emily Scott from Watergate Bay Hotel.

They will be served spiced melon, gazpacho, coconut, high note herbs to start and turbot roasted on the bone with Cornish new potatoes and wild garlic pesto with greens from the local Padstow kitchen gardens for the main course. 

Buildup To June's G7 Summit In Carbis Bay
Boris Johnson poses with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during the leaders official welcome (Getty Images)

They will be treated to a beach BBQ tomorrow, before settling down to listen to a group of men singing sea shanties.

Downing Street said the world leaders will sit around fire pits on the beach, while being served roasted marshmallows and buttered rum as they watch the Cornish sea shanty group.

The BBQ will be cooked by Hidden Hut chef Simon Stallard, with scallops, crab claws and mackerel to start and seared Moorland sirloin, lobsters, scorched leek and Cornish potato chips for the main course.

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