Jill Biden and Kate Middleton visited a preschool classroom and fed a rabbit during their first meeting

U.S. first lady Jill Biden holds a tray of carrots next to Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, in Hayle, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021.
The US first lady, Jill Biden, held a tray of carrots next to Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, England, on Friday.

  • Jill Biden visited a preschool classroom in England with Kate Middleton during the G7 summit.
  • They met 4- and 5-year-olds at a school specializing in educating students who’ve dealt with trauma.
  • Biden, an English professor, called early-childhood education “the foundation of everything.”
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The US first lady, Jill Biden, visited a preschool classroom in the English county of Cornwall with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the second day of the Bidens’ first overseas presidential trip.

Biden and Middleton met a class of 4- and 5-year-olds at the Connor Downs Academy, a state-funded school that specializes in educating students who have dealt with trauma. The kids had learned about the G7 summit, a meeting of world leaders that is taking place Friday and Saturday in Cornwall, and drew pictures of the White House and Buckingham Palace. It was Biden and Middleton’s first meeting.

“It’s the quietest class I’ve ever been into,” Middleton said after she and Biden entered the room of well-behaved kids.

Biden, an English professor, called early-childhood education “the foundation of everything.”

“I can tell you as a teacher at the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind,” she said. “This is amazing to see what these children are doing and how far advanced they are at 4 and 5 years old. It’s impressive.”

Biden and Middleton then went outside to visit one of the school’s rabbits with a few of the kids. Biden brought out a bowl of carrots to feed to Storm, the bunny. The two also participated in a roundtable on early-childhood education with several experts from both the UK and the US.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and US First Lady Jill Biden visit a class at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021.
Biden and Catherine visiting a class at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle on the sidelines of the G7 summit on Friday.

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