Joe Biden heads to Windsor for afternoon tea: Queen welcomes US President and First Lady

The Queen is today welcoming President Joe Biden to Windsor with a Guard of Honour and tea at the castle.

The American leader and First Lady Jill Biden are visiting the Berkshire royal residence this evening, after attending the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The couple met the Queen on Friday when she attended a reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project.

Their latest meeting comes the day after the Queen received her official birthday gift from the nation’s armed forces – a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honour – which was held at the castle. 

The traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, which is normally staged in London, was ruled out for the second successive year because of the threat of coronavirus.

The Queen is today welcoming President Joe Biden to Windsor with a Guard of Honour and tea at the castle

Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England

Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England

Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England

Queen Elizabeth II waits for the arrival of US President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle near London, Sunday, June 13, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II waits for the arrival of US President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle near London, Sunday, June 13, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II waits for the arrival of US President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle near London, Sunday, June 13, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle. The President arrived from Cornwall where he attended the G7 Leader's Summit and will travel on to Brussels for a meeting of NATO Allies and later in the week he will meet President of Russia, Vladimir Putin

Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle. The President arrived from Cornwall where he attended the G7 Leader's Summit and will travel on to Brussels for a meeting of NATO Allies and later in the week he will meet President of Russia, Vladimir Putin

Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle. The President arrived from Cornwall where he attended the G7 Leader’s Summit and will travel on to Brussels for a meeting of NATO Allies and later in the week he will meet President of Russia, Vladimir Putin

US President Joe Biden reaches out to hold the hand of First Lady Jill Biden after arriving to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

US President Joe Biden reaches out to hold the hand of First Lady Jill Biden after arriving to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

US President Joe Biden reaches out to hold the hand of First Lady Jill Biden after arriving to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, June 13

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, June 13

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, June 13

Soldiers of the Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards position themselves in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle where US President Joe Biden is arriving to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor, London, Sunday, June 13

Soldiers of the Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards position themselves in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle where US President Joe Biden is arriving to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor, London, Sunday, June 13

Soldiers of the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards position themselves in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle where US President Joe Biden is arriving to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor, London, Sunday, June 13

Members of the Royal Guard march ahead of the meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, June 13

Members of the Royal Guard march ahead of the meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, June 13

Members of the Royal Guard march ahead of the meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, June 13

Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden walk towards US helicopter Marine One at Heathrow, west of London, on June 13

Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden walk towards US helicopter Marine One at Heathrow, west of London, on June 13

Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden walk towards US helicopter Marine One at Heathrow, west of London, on June 13

A helicopter flies over Windsor Castle during the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor

A helicopter flies over Windsor Castle during the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor

A helicopter flies over Windsor Castle during the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Their latest meeting comes the day after the Queen received her official birthday gift from the nation's armed forces - a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honour - which was held at the castle

Their latest meeting comes the day after the Queen received her official birthday gift from the nation's armed forces - a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honour - which was held at the castle

The traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, which is normally staged in London, was ruled out for the second successive year because of the threat of coronavirus

The traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, which is normally staged in London, was ruled out for the second successive year because of the threat of coronavirus

Their latest meeting comes the day after the Queen received her official birthday gift from the nation’s armed forces – a ceremony of pomp and pageantry in her honour – which was held at the castle. The traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, which is normally staged in London, was ruled out for the second successive year because of the threat of coronavirus

Marine One arrives at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Marine One arrives at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

Marine One arrives at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor, England. Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President, Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden at Windsor Castle

The carefully-choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the welcome given to Donald Trump in 2018, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch.

Mr Trump and the Queen had afternoon tea together in the castle’s Oak Room, with the meeting lasting longer than expected.

It was due to last around half-an-hour, but overran by almost 20 minutes.

In 2008, when then US president George W Bush met with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room.

Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Joe Biden (R) and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden (L) at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2021 in Windsor

A helicopter flies over Windsor Castle during the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, June 13

A helicopter flies over Windsor Castle during the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to meet Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, June 13

A helicopter flies over Windsor Castle during the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Windsor, Britain, June 13

Air Force One arrives at London's Heathrow airport with President Biden on board en route to Windsor Castle for an audience with the Queen

Air Force One arrives at London's Heathrow airport with President Biden on board en route to Windsor Castle for an audience with the Queen

Air Force One arrives at London’s Heathrow airport with President Biden on board en route to Windsor Castle for an audience with the Queen

The carefully-choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the welcome given to Donald Trump in 2018, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch

The carefully-choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the welcome given to Donald Trump in 2018, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch

The carefully-choreographed arrangements to welcome Mr Biden echo the welcome given to Donald Trump in 2018, when the controversial then-US president travelled to Windsor to meet the monarch

In 2008, when then US president George W Bush (pictured with the Queen) met with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room

In 2008, when then US president George W Bush (pictured with the Queen) met with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room

Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth II and the then US President Barack Obama at Buckingham Palace during a State Banquet in 2011

Pictured: The Queen Elizabeth II and the then US President Barack Obama at Buckingham Palace during a State Banquet in 2011

In 2008, when then US president George W Bush (pictured left with the Queen) met with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room. Pictured right: The Queen Elizabeth II and the then US President Barack Obama at Buckingham Palace during a State Banquet in 2011

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as she attends a reception at the Eden Project with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and G7 leaders, during the G7 summit in Cornwall. Picture date: Friday June 11, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as she attends a reception at the Eden Project with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and G7 leaders, during the G7 summit in Cornwall. Picture date: Friday June 11, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as she attends a reception at the Eden Project with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and G7 leaders, during the G7 summit in Cornwall. Picture date: Friday June 11, 2021

Biden and other G7 leaders call for a ‘transparent’ probe into the origins of coronavirus as they ask China to ‘respect human rights’ 

Leaders who met for their final day at the G7 in Cornwall issued a final communique where they called on China to respect ‘fundamental freedoms’ and called for a ‘science-based’ probe of the origins of the coronavirus.

The text of the communique included a detailed passage on China, after haggling between member nations over how far to push Beijing. 

‘We will promote our values, including by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law,’ according to the communique.

The agreement also called for a ‘timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study’ of the origins of the coronavirus in China, in reference to the World Health Organization. 

It was a reference to the Phase 2 study on the origins of the virus. Biden has already asked the U.S. intelligence community to produce its own report on the origins of the virus. 

Said an administration official: ‘Three years ago, China wasn’t even mentioned in the G7 communique. This year there is a section on China that speaks to the importance of coordinating on and responding to China’s non-market economic practices and the need to speak out against human rights abuses, including in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.’

According to the document: ‘We remain seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and increase tensions.’ 

Another section deals with forced labor practices, as well as supply chain issues. 

The language came after it was not yet clear on Saturday that it would mention China by name.

Leaders attending the summit have made contending with China’s economic ambitions and countering its human rights practices a prime focus, even as they seek to unify the richest democracies against climate change and stamping out the coronavirus.

But tactical splits within the coalition have caused aides to keep working on final text of the communique, with late doubts about how far it will go. 

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The Queen will greet the Bidens at the dais in the castle’s quadrangle. A Guard of Honour formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a Royal Salute, and the US national anthem will be played.

Mr Biden will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Honour Guard, before returning to the dais to watch the military march-past with the Queen and First Lady.

In 2018, the Queen accompanied Mr Trump to inspect the Guard of Honour at Windsor.

Escorting a visiting head of state to inspect the troops is a role which usually fell to the late Duke of Edinburgh, before he retired in 2017.

There have been 14 US presidents during the Queen’s 69-year reign – from Harry S Truman to Mr Biden.

Mr Biden, who is in the UK for the G7 summit, will be the 13th American leader to meet the monarch, with Lyndon B Johnson the only one the Queen has not met.

It comes as President Biden today said he did not want to hold a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G7 because he wasn’t interested in a ‘contest’ after he raises serious issues with his counterpart.

‘This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other,’ Biden said at a press conference at the end of the G7 summit. 

He spoke after the White House announced Biden would address the media solo following the summit meeting in Geneva. 

He spoke as he declared the U.S. and western nations to be in a ‘contest with autocrats’ for the support of people around the world.

He said a joint event with Putin could be a distraction from his substantive goals. 

‘I don’t want to get into being diverted by did they shake hands who talked the most and the rest,’ he told reporters.

‘He can say what he thinks the meeting is about and I will say what I think the meeting was about. That’s how I’m going to handle it,’ Biden declared.

‘Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms. But they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have problems chewing on,’ Biden said. 

Asked why he believed Putin hadn’t changed his posture, Biden replied: ‘He’s Vladimir Putin.’ 

He also responded to the latest comments from Putin on Russian state television in response to U.S. concerns about ransomware hackers said to be based in Russia. 

‘That’s potentially a good sign of progress,’ Biden said, adding he had been updated on the topic en route to have tea with The Queen and then head on to Brussels.

Said Putin: ‘If we agree to extradite criminals, then of course Russia will do that, we will do that, but only if the other side, in this case the United States, agrees to the same and will extradite the criminals in question to the Russian Federation,’ Putin is said, according to the Interfax news agency. 

'I don¿t want to get into being diverted by did they shake hands who talked the most and the rest,' he told reporters, President Joe Biden said when asked why he doesn't want a side-by-side press conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin next week

'I don¿t want to get into being diverted by did they shake hands who talked the most and the rest,' he told reporters, President Joe Biden said when asked why he doesn't want a side-by-side press conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin next week

‘I don’t want to get into being diverted by did they shake hands who talked the most and the rest,’ he told reporters, President Joe Biden said when asked why he doesn’t want a side-by-side press conference with Russia’s Vladimir Putin next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in a TV interview about extradition of ransomware hackers

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in a TV interview about extradition of ransomware hackers

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in a TV interview about extradition of ransomware hackers

Biden was peppered with questions about his upcoming summit with Putin as the G7 wrapped up

Biden was peppered with questions about his upcoming summit with Putin as the G7 wrapped up

Biden was peppered with questions about his upcoming summit with Putin as the G7 wrapped up

Boris hails ‘big step to vaccinating the world’ as he confirms G7 will donate a billion jabs to poorer countries 

Boris Johnson today hailed a ‘big step to vaccinating the world’ as he confirmed the G7 has agreed to donate a billion Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries.

Wrapping up the summit in Cornwall, the PM said leaders at the summit in Cornwall have pledged a combination of jabs and money to pay for them by next year.

The commitment includes 100million doses from the UK and 500million from the US, with Mr Johnson insisting they are going ‘flat out’ to protect populations. 

However, campaigners have warned that the numbers are far from enough to prevent the virus from running riot among some of the globe’s most vulnerable populations – and potentially sparking new problems in richer countries.

Speaking at the press conference in Cornwall, Mr Johnson denied that the number of vaccines being donated amounted to a moral failure.

‘This is another billion made up of a massive contribution by the United States and other friends,’ he said.  

‘Already of the 1.5 billion vaccines that have been distributed around the world, I think that people in this country should be very proud that half a billion of them are as a result of the actions taken by the UK Government in doing that deal with the Oxford scientists and AstraZeneca to distribute it at cost.’

He added that ‘we are going flat out and we are producing vaccines as fast as we can, and distributing them as fast as we can’.’ 

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‘I’m committed to holding them accountable,’ Biden said, on the subject of such people being harbored in the U.S.

The U.S. doesn’t have a functioning extradition treaty with the U.S. – although there is an 1893 treaty that has not been abrogated. 

The series of questions about Putin were an indication of how the upcoming storyline is eclipsing the pledges of goodwill and cooperation among the leading economic nations.

‘America is back at the table,’ Biden declared. 

Meanwhile Boris Johnson today hailed a ‘big step to vaccinating the world’ as he confirmed the G7 has agreed to donate a billion Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries.

Wrapping up the summit in Cornwall, the PM said leaders at the summit in Cornwall have pledged a combination of jabs and money to pay for them by next year.

The commitment includes 100million doses from the UK and 500million from the US, with Mr Johnson insisting they are going ‘flat out’ to protect populations.

However, campaigners have warned that the numbers are far from enough to prevent the virus from running riot among some of the globe’s most vulnerable populations – and potentially sparking new problems in richer countries.   

Meanwhile, Sir David Attenborough today pleaded with G7 leaders to show the ‘will’ to save humanity from climate change.

The celebrated television naturalist said the scientific response to the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated what was possible when there was a ‘clear and urgent’ goal.

But in a video speech to the summit in Cornwall he warned that the fight against climate change was now as much a ‘political and communications’ challenge as a scientific one. 

Speaking at the press conference in Cornwall, Mr Johnson denied that the number of vaccines being donated amounted to a moral failure.

‘This is another billion made up of a massive contribution by the United States and other friends,’ he said.  

‘Already of the 1.5 billion vaccines that have been distributed around the world, I think that people in this country should be very proud that half a billion of them are as a result of the actions taken by the UK Government in doing that deal with the Oxford scientists and AstraZeneca to distribute it at cost.’

He added that ‘we are going flat out and we are producing vaccines as fast as we can, and distributing them as fast as we can’. 

The target to vaccinate the world by the end of next year will be done ‘very largely thanks to the efforts of the countries who have come here today’, according to Mr Johnson.  

Wrapping up the summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson said leaders at the summit in Cornwall have pledged a combination of jabs and money to pay for them by next year.

Sir David Attenborough today pleaded with G7 leaders to show the 'will' to save humanity from climate change

Sir David Attenborough today pleaded with G7 leaders to show the 'will' to save humanity from climate change

Sir David Attenborough today pleaded with G7 leaders to show the ‘will’ to save humanity from climate change

Boris Johnson tries to calm tensions over Brexit sausage war as he claims there is a ‘fantastic degree of harmony’ with EU 

Boris Johnson today desperately tried to calm rising tensions between the UK and the EU after Dominic Raab blasted Emmanuel Macron for making ‘offensive’ comments about Northern Ireland. 

The so-called ‘sausage war’ between the two sides escalated this morning after Mr Raab took aim at the French President for suggesting Northern Ireland is not a full part of the UK. 

But Mr Johnson used a press conference at the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall to attempt to dampen the row over post-Brexit trade checks as he claimed there is a ‘fantastic degree of harmony’ between the UK and the EU. 

The PM insisted he will do ‘whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the UK’ but he tried to play down the significance of the dispute as he argued the subject was nothing more than a side issue at the summit.

Mr Macron also appeared to signal a truce during his own press conference as he said ‘we all need to stay very calm’ and ‘let’s not lose time in disagreements which often are created in corridors or antechambers’. 

He angered Mr Johnson yesterday by making the initial Northern Ireland claim and Mr Raab hit back, accusing the EU of taking a ‘very lopsided, purist approach’ to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol which has disrupted trade and inflamed community tensions. 

The Foreign Secretary claimed that one in five of all EU checks are currently carried out in Northern Ireland as he urged Brussels to show ‘respect’ for the integrity of the UK. 

He called for tensions to be cooled but risked worsening the row as he accused the EU of ‘effectively trying to change the status of Northern Ireland contrary to the wishes or the consent of the people’.  

The current dispute centres on the EU’s insistence on barring chilled meats from crossing the Irish Sea from Great Britain. 

That has pushed Mr Johnson to the brink of suspending the Protocol – a key plank of the UK’s post-Brexit trading relations with the bloc – to stop the ban kicking in when the ‘grace’ period ends in a fortnight.

During their encounter yesterday morning at the G7 summit in Cornwall, Mr Johnson asked Mr Macron: ‘How would you like it if the French courts stopped you moving Toulouse sausages to Paris?’ 

Mr Macron replied that he did not think it was a good comparison because Paris and Toulouse were both part of the same country – to which an irritated Mr Johnson said: ‘Northern Ireland and Britain are part of the same country as well.’

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Sir David told the leaders gathered in Carbis Bay: ‘The scientific collaboration on Covid treatment and vaccines showed just how much we can achieve together when the goal is clear and urgent.

‘We know in detail what is happening to our planet. And we know all of the things we need to do during this decade.

‘Tackling climate change is now as much a political and communications challenge as it is a scientific or technological one.

‘We have the skills to address it in time. All we need is the global will to do so.’

Mr Johnson said he was urging G7 leaders to drive a ‘global green industrial revolution’ to help developing nations reap the benefits of clean economic growth.

The leaders were setting out plans to reverse biodiversity loss and to fund infrastructure development around the world.

Mr Johnson also launched a £500million ‘blue planet fund’ to protect the world’s oceans and marine life.

Mixed in with the environmental intentions of the G7 is an attempt to reassert the values of the world’s leading democracies.

The ‘build back better for the world’ plan will bring together G7 countries to develop an offer for high-quality financing for vital infrastructure, from railways in Africa to wind farms in Asia.

The move is part of an attempt to counter Beijing’s ‘belt and road’ initiative which has spread Chinese influence around the globe.

The new approach is intended to give developing countries access to more, better and faster finance, while accelerating the global shift to renewable energy and sustainable technology.

G7 nations are expected to commit to almost halving their emissions by 2030 relative to 2010, a commitment already exceeded by the UK which has promised a 58 per cent cut.

The countries will set out the action they will take to slash carbon emissions, including measures like ending all unabated coal use as soon as possible, halting almost all direct government support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas and phasing out petrol and diesel cars.

The G7 will also endorse a nature compact, aimed at halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 – including supporting the global target to conserve or protect at least 30 per cent of land and oceans by the end of the decade.

The UK’s blue planet fund will offer £500million to help countries including Ghana, Indonesia and Pacific island states tackle unsustainable fishing, protect and restore coastal ecosystems like mangroves and coral reefs, and reduce marine pollution.

The fund will run for at least five years. 

Under the vaccine gifting plan, the UK will start donating vaccines within weeks, providing five million doses to countries in need by the end of September.

Around 25million more jabs will be distributed by the end of the year and the remainder will follow in 2022. The cost cannot be precisely calculated as it will depend what vaccines are gifted – but it could top £1billion. 

Mr Johnson is urging other leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall to follow his example. Joe Biden has already promised to donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines for 92 low and lower-middle income countries and the African Union. 

But vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed this morning that the British public are still being prioritised.  

Eighty per cent of the 100million doses will go to the Covax initiative, which is distributing vaccines to poorer nations. The remainder will be shared bilaterally with countries in need.

The donation will count as extra spending on top of the £10billion committed to the new foreign aid target of 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product.

Harry and Meghan ‘have no regrets’ about interviews ‘but are doing their utmost to keep the peace’, source claims – after Queen ditches ‘never complain, never explain’ policy to combat ‘mistruths’

By James Robinson for MailOnline and Kate Mansey for Mail on Sunday

Harry and Meghan want to ‘keep the peace’ with the Royal Family, but have ‘no regrets’ about doing their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it has been reported.

Insiders say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are ‘trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship’ with the Queen in order to ‘keep the peace’ within the family, according to Us Magazine.

It comes as today it was revealed by The Mail on Sunday that the Queen will no longer remain silent when Harry and Meghan allow ‘mistruths’ about the Royal Family to circulate in the public domain.

But, extending a rare olive branch in the Transatlantic briefing war between the two sides, sources in the US suggest the couple are trying to want move past the fallout from their interview with Oprah.

A source told Us Magazine: ‘It’s no secret that the last year Harry and Meghan have been at war with the royals.

Harry and Meghan (pictured with the Queen and William and Kate in 2018) want to 'keep the peace' with the Royal Family, but have 'no regrets' about doing their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it has been reported

Harry and Meghan (pictured with the Queen and William and Kate in 2018) want to 'keep the peace' with the Royal Family, but have 'no regrets' about doing their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it has been reported

Harry and Meghan (pictured with the Queen and William and Kate in 2018) want to ‘keep the peace’ with the Royal Family, but have ‘no regrets’ about doing their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it has been reported

Insiders say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are 'trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship' with the Queen (pictured yesterday during Trooping of the Colour at Windsor Castle yesterday) in order to 'keep the peace' within the family, according to Us Magazine

Insiders say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are 'trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship' with the Queen (pictured yesterday during Trooping of the Colour at Windsor Castle yesterday) in order to 'keep the peace' within the family, according to Us Magazine

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a promotion for their Apple+ series

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a promotion for their Apple+ series

Insiders say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (picutred right) are ‘trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship’ with the Queen (pictured yesterday during Trooping of the Colour at Windsor Castle yesterday) in order to ‘keep the peace’ within the family, according to Us Magazine

‘All is not forgiven, but after all the backlash regarding their interviews — which by the way, the pair have no regrets about — they’re trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship with the queen in order to keep the peace.’ 

The source also said that the Sussexes want ‘to avoid being demoted as a royal at all cost and that the ‘worst-case scenario, losing their titles.’

It comes as the Mail on Sunday today revealed, in a dramatic departure from her longstanding ‘never complain, never explain’ policy, that Her Majesty has instructed courtiers to correct any statements which misrepresent her private conversations or those of other senior Royals.

The extraordinary move demonstrates the Queen‘s exasperation at the relentless briefings that allies of the Duke and Duchess have been giving to the media and follows the dispute over Harry and Meghan’s choice of name for their new daughter.

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter named Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the family nickname for the Queen and the duke's mother Princess Diana

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter named Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the family nickname for the Queen and the duke's mother Princess Diana

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the family nickname for the Queen and the duke’s mother Princess Diana

An insider said the latest bruising episode had sent the Queen ‘over the edge’.

The feud began when US-based journalists favoured by supporters of Harry and Meghan reported that the couple had ‘asked permission’ to name their daughter Lilibet, a deeply personal childhood nickname of the Queen that was used by very close relatives, including her late husband Prince Philip.

But a Royal insider described the conversation between Harry and his grandmother as ‘a telling, not an asking’ – confirming a BBC report last week which said the Sussexes had not asked the Queen if she had any objection to their choice of name. Harry and Meghan reacted furiously, instructing their lawyers to contest the BBC story, which they described as ‘false and defamatory’.

Sources say the Queen’s more robust response to the tsunami of media briefings from allies of the Sussexes will go beyond the Lilibet story.

‘This is about whether or not what is being reported is an accurate version of what actually happened,’ said the insider.

The 95-year-old Monarch put aside the controversy yesterday as she smiled and even tapped her feet to the music during Trooping the Colour, her annual birthday parade.

After hosting a reception at the G7 summit on Friday – where she entertained world leaders by cutting a cake with a sword and joked as a team photograph was taken, ‘Are you supposed to look as if you’re enjoying yourself?’ – she will today welcome US President Joe Biden and his First Lady, Jill, to Windsor Castle.

The Sussexes chose Lilibet - the name used by Prince Philip for the Queen - for the name of their daughter who was born just days before the Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100

The Sussexes chose Lilibet - the name used by Prince Philip for the Queen - for the name of their daughter who was born just days before the Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100

The Sussexes chose Lilibet – the name used by Prince Philip for the Queen – for the name of their daughter who was born just days before the Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100

The new baby will be entitled to be a princess and Archie a prince - both with HRH styles - after the death of the Queen and when Charles becomes king. This is because they will have moved up the line of succession

The new baby will be entitled to be a princess and Archie a prince - both with HRH styles - after the death of the Queen and when Charles becomes king. This is because they will have moved up the line of succession

The new baby will be entitled to be a princess and Archie a prince – both with HRH styles – after the death of the Queen and when Charles becomes king. This is because they will have moved up the line of succession

Harry and Meghan, who are now based in California, announced the arrival of their daughter last Sunday, prompting warm messages of congratulations from the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Mail on Sunday understands that Harry also sent a text message to Kate, cementing her role as a bridge between him and his brother that appeared to be forged at Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

But the mood began to sour with an article in the New York Post which said it had been ‘told’ by unnamed sources that ‘Harry called the Queen for permission to name his daughter Lilibet’.

The story was soon picked up by other media outlets, infuriating the Palace to the extent that a high-ranking, but unnamed, Palace source did not dispute claims by a BBC reporter that no such permission had been sought.

The impact was immediate and incendiary. The BBC story, effectively ‘killed’ the New York Post’s account and led, within hours, to the letter from Harry and Meghan’s lawyers.

A spokesman for the couple said: ‘The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called. During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.’

Friends of Harry and Meghan based in LA have been briefing the US media

Friends of Harry and Meghan based in LA have been briefing the US media

Friends of Harry and Meghan based in LA have been briefing the US media 

However, there was further irritation at the Palace when friends of Harry and Meghan suggested to US journalists that the Queen had been introduced to Lilibet over a video call

However, there was further irritation at the Palace when friends of Harry and Meghan suggested to US journalists that the Queen had been introduced to Lilibet over a video call

However, there was further irritation at the Palace when friends of Harry and Meghan suggested to US journalists that the Queen had been introduced to Lilibet over a video call

However, there was further irritation at the Palace when friends of Harry and Meghan suggested to US journalists that the Queen had been introduced to Lilibet over a video call.

The insider last night denied that, stating, ‘No video call has taken place’, adding: ‘Friends of the Sussexes appear to have given misleading briefings to journalists about what the Queen had said and that took the whole thing over the edge. The Palace couldn’t deny the story that this was a mistruth.’ Ironically, Harry has spoken out against the ‘barrage of mistruths’ on social media.

While the Palace has largely sought to mollify Harry and Meghan – even amid the grenades thrown during their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March and Harry’s subsequent TV series on mental health – the Queen and other senior Royals have shown there is a limit to their patience.

After Harry and Meghan claimed there was racism in the Royal Household, William snapped: ‘We’re very much not a racist family.’ And Buckingham Palace –which is investigating the claims – pointedly said ‘recollections may vary’.

MailOnline has today contacted representatives of the Sussexes for comment. 

Kate and Jill join forces to urge new deal for youngsters

The Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Jill Biden have written a joint article calling for a ‘fundamental shift’ in the way the US and Britain ‘approach the earliest years of life’.

Published on the website of US broadcaster CNN, it states: ‘If we care about how children perform at school, how they succeed in their careers… and about their lifelong mental and physical health, we have to care about how we are nurturing their brains, their experiences and relationships in the years before school.

The Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Jill Biden have written a joint article calling for a ¿fundamental shift¿ in the way the US and Britain ¿approach the earliest years of life¿

The Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Jill Biden have written a joint article calling for a ¿fundamental shift¿ in the way the US and Britain ¿approach the earliest years of life¿

The Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Jill Biden have written a joint article calling for a ‘fundamental shift’ in the way the US and Britain ‘approach the earliest years of life’

‘The evidence from the UK and US and internationally is now overwhelming. Multiple studies show that it is these early years that really matter for lifelong outcomes.

‘It is time to put this evidence at the heart of how we rebuild with boldness and purpose from the pandemic.’

In the article, which is part of Kate’s work to improve children’s life chances, they added: ‘The two of us believe that early childhood care and education should be seen as among the defining, strategic issues of our time.’

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