Jill Biden and Kate Middleton met for the first time during a visit to a school in Cornwall

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Jill Biden and Kate Middleton met for the first time during a visit to a school in Cornwall
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images
  • Jill Biden and Kate Middleton met for the first time during a visit to a school in Cornwall.

  • Biden and Middleton fed rabbits and greeted children at Connor Downs Academy preschool.

  • The First Lady and President Joe Biden arrived in the UK on Wednesday, ahead of the G7 summit.

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Kate Middleton and First Lady Jill Biden met for the first time on Friday during a visit to a school in Cornwall, England, where the G7 summit is taking place.

In a statement sent to Insider, Kensington Palace confirmed that Middleton, 39, and Biden, 70, attended Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall, where they explored their respective interest in early education through a roundtable discussion with British and American experts.

The statement read: "The importance of providing adequate support for parents and children alike during early childhood, and the positive impact that this can have across society, is something which Her Royal Highness and The First Lady have both gained an understanding of through their respective work."

Biden has worked as an educator since 1976, when she first began teaching English. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, which she has continued alongside her role as the First Lady of the United States.

The statement issued by Kensington Palace notes that Middleton's work as Duchess of Cambridge means that she "has seen first-hand how the root cause of so many of today's hardest social challenges - from poor mental health and addiction to family breakdown and homelessness - can be traced right back to the earliest years of life."

The statement also confirmed that Middleton will next week announce plans to "elevate the importance of early childhood and continue the conversation on this vital issue."

The two women sat down with the school's reception class, where children are aged between 4-5 years old, to engage in a number of classroom activities and later fed the school's rabbits.

The first lady and President Joe Biden arrived in the UK on Wednesday ahead of the G7 summit. They then met British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie Johnson in Carbis Bay on Thursday.

Buckingham Palace announced that the president and first lady will meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday, Insider's Mikhaila Friel previously reported.

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