Jill Biden has said it was ‘wonderful’ to spend time with Carrie Johnson and baby Wilfred as she tweeted a photo of their barefoot beach walk with the caption, ‘The special relationship continues’.
The US First Lady, 70, seemed a natural counterpart to the 33-year-old mother of one, and the pair were seem smiling together during downtime yesterday in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, for the G7 summit.
Mrs Biden tweeted: ‘It was wonderful to spend some time with Carrie Johnson and her son, Wilfred, today. The special relationship continues.’
President Biden yesterday met Boris Johnson face-to-face for the first time at the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St. Ives, with the US leader giving him a bike helmet and his British counterpart hailing him as a ‘breath of fresh air’.
The pair were keen to downplay their differences following tensions over Brexit, with the 78-year-old Democrat branded ‘senile’ by one Brexiteer MP after he failed to side with the UK in its ‘sausage war’ bust-up with the EU.
The G7 summit marks the first major engagement for Boris and Carrie since they married in a secret wedding ceremony last month.
While it is not entirely typical to have an official photoshoot with children for a G7 meeting, world leaders bringing their families along is not without precedent. At the 2013 G8 summit, US President Barrack Obama arrived in Northern Ireland along with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia – who were 14 and 12 at the time.
The US First Lady, 70, was seen enjoying a beach walk along the sands at Carbis Bay with 33-year-old Carrie Johnson yesterday
Mrs Biden tweeted: ‘It was wonderful to spend some time with Carrie Johnson and her son, Wilfred, today. The special relationship continues’
Mrs Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister, speaks with First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden as she walks on the beach with Wilfred Johnson sits on the beach during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay Cornwall yesterday
Carbis Bay, United Kingdom. Carrie Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister and First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden reacts as Wilfred Johnson sits on the beach during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay Cornwall
Newlywed Carrie Johnson cut an elegant figure in a scarlet £325 LK Bennett gown as she made her debut onto the world stage alongside her husband Boris yesterday
US President Joe Biden puts his hand on Carrie Johnson’s back at Carbis Bay ahead of tomorrow’s crucial G7 summit
Carrie Johnson and Dr Jill Biden are pictured bumping elbows ahead of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Mrs Johnson is pictured with First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden as Wilfred Johnson sits on the beach during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay Cornwall
The 33-year-old was a vision in red as she walked hand-in-hand with the Prime Minister and joined President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden for a a bi-lateral meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit today
Boris Johnson chats to Joe Biden while Carrie looks at the ground and Jill smiles during a walk along the promenade in the sun ahead of the talks
Carbis Bay, United Kingdom. Carrie Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister speaks with First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay Cornwall
Carrie Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister poses for a photograph with First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay Cornwall
Carrie Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister and First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden reacts as Wilfred Johnson sits on the beach during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Carrie Johnson speaks to US President Joe Biden, as Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Lady Jill Biden stand by, outside Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall
Carrie Johnson was seen holding baby Wilfred yesterday in official pictures issued by Downing Street – as the newlywed made her debut onto the world stage alongside her husband Boris
Yesterday, President Biden was pictured with his hand on Mrs Johnson’s back, echoing previous incidents which earned him the insulting nickname ‘Creepy Joe’. Late last month the President was slammed for ‘creepy’ remarks he made about a young girl during a speech at a Virginia military base, saying she ‘looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed’.
This year’s summit comes as the US is said to have issued a ‘demarche’ to Britain, an official diplomatic censure not normally used against allies, especially those as close as the two nations.
Crunch talks between Britain and Brussels over sausage imports have failed to make a breakthrough and European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic threatened to retaliate if Britain takes unilateral action to continue the flow of British-produced chilled meats to Northern Ireland.
How sausages sparked a cold meat war between the UK and EU
The ‘sausage war’ row is the latest front in the ongoing stand-off between Britain and the European Union over Northern Ireland.
When Boris Johnson agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels to make Brexit happen it included the Northern Ireland Protocol.
This is a complex trade agreement that tries to deal with the fact that Ulster is the only part of the UK with an EU land border, with Ireland.
The new arrangements have caused some disruption to trade since the start of the year as firms have struggled with new processes and administration.
Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of sectarian violence in Ulster, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland must remain ‘soft’, ie no ‘hard’ border posts with checks on traffic.
The NIP, which was signed off by both sides, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the European single market for goods in order to avoid a hard border with Ireland.
Despite Mr Johnson’s claims to the contrary, it has meant erecting a trade barrier in the Irish Sea for goods crossing from Great Britain, which have to face customs checks before entering Northern Ireland – even if they are not being taken into the Republic.
A six-month ‘grace period’ for these checks was agreed to allow the infrastructure to be put in place, which runs out at the end of June.
But the checks have infuriated the loyalist community in Northern Ireland, who are outraged at the internal UK free market is being interrupted.
Earlier this year, armed loyalist groups said they were temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal.
The groups said they believed Britain, Ireland and the EU had breached their commitments to the peace deal.
The UK Government has not ruled out unilaterally extending the check-free period after June 30, but that has angered the EU, which says that the UK must honour the deal it signed up to less than six months ago.
Brussels has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit ‘divorce’ settlement which Mr Johnson signed.
European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic last said patience with the UK was wearing ‘very, very thin’ after talks in London ended in deadlock.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that the protocol was the ‘one and only solution’ to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and that she still saw ‘fundamental gaps’ in Britain’s implementation of it.
The United States was said to have waded in and ‘strongly urged’ Britain to ‘stay cool’ and reach an agreement, even if that meant making ‘unpopular compromises’.
The report prompted a massive backlash from Tory backbenchers and the DUP leader Edwin Poots after the PM was accused of ‘inflaming tensions’ in Northern Ireland and threatening the peace process.
But a senior Biden administration official said: ‘This is wrong. First this discussion wasn’t directed by the president. It was not heightened. As with any ally we have diplomatic conversations about areas where we have concern at many levels.
‘Jake (Sullivan – US national security adviser) addressed the issue of Northern Ireland during his BBC interview and the message sent privately was exactly the same.’
The official later added that the president would not get ‘controversial or adversarial’ when he speaks to the PM about Northern Ireland.
‘He didn’t come here to give a lecture,’ they said.
‘He believes that the Good Friday agreement is the foundation for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland … the current discussions between the UK and EU should continue the vitality of Good Friday agreement.’
Defusing the row should be much easier because – in a break with convention for the first meeting between a PM and president – the leaders are not due to hold a joint press conference.
However, if it is confirmed that a demarche was sent, it will show the strength of feeling in the Biden administration over Northern Ireland.
The First Lady briefly spoke with media after she finished having tea with Carrie, saying: ‘It’s really nice to be here in Cornwall. It’s my first time. Obviously it’s beautiful for those of you have been here before.’
‘Joe and I are really looking forward to meeting everyone at the G7.’
Meanwhile she also revealed she was looking forward to meeting with members of the royal family, saying: ‘Well, we’re hoping to focus, I think, on education. Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the Queen.
‘That’s an exciting part of the visit for us. We’ve looked forward to this for weeks and now it’s finally here. It’s a beautiful beginning.’
Carrie wore her hair in a soft wave, and kept her makeup chic and simple for the occasion. Her vibrant red dress is described online as inspired by the ‘glamour of the chic 1930s’.
Meanwhile it also features a bow detailing across the front, oversized pearl buttons to the bodice and puff shoulders.
L.K. Bennett is a firm high street favourite for the Duchess of Cambridge, who is believed to have inspired some of Carrie’s fashion choices ahead of the summit this weekend.
Earlier yesterday, a photo was shared as newlyweds Carrie and Boris visited a beach ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
From left, Carrie Johnson, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, and First Lady Jill Biden
The meeting between the Bidens and the Johnsons comes ahead of tomorrow’s crucial G7 summit in Cornwall
Carrie Johnson and Dr Jill Biden are seen with baby Wilfred in a picture released by No10 Downing Street
Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson, along with US President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden look at the view outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall
As the leaders sat down for talks, Mr Biden told journalists he had said to the premier that they both ‘married above our station’
Carrie Johnson (right) smiles at Joe Biden (left) while Jill (back centre) grimaces as they talk to reporters on the Cornwall coast
Carrie wore her hair in a soft wave, and kept her makeup chic and simple for the occasion (pictured, with the Prime Minister, President Joe Biden and First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden).
The mother-of-one looked stylish in the mid-length gown, which is described online as ‘eye-catching and elegant’, which she paired with matching £49.99 Zara shoes
The event marks the first major engagement for Boris and Carrie since they married in a secret wedding ceremony last month
The US motorcade carrying President Joe Biden after leaving Tregenna Castle is pictured on its way to the Carbis Bay Hotel, ahead of the G7 summit
Johnson and Biden, both wearing face coverings due to Covid-19, view a display ahead of their a bi-lateral meeting at Carbis Bay
The mother-of-one looked stylish in a chic mustard yellow dress from small British brand Alice Early – for the outing, which she accessorised with a gold chain necklace and glittering rings.
The £265 dress, which was made in London, is described online as ‘a jewel’ which will ‘brighten up the dullest of days’.
Dresses delivered to Downing Street earlier this week indicated Carrie had been looking to the Duchess of Cambridge for wardrobe inspiration.
Carrie is understood to have chosen some of Kate’s most beloved labels — L.K. Bennett, Alessandra Rich and The Vampire’s Wife for the event.
Meanwhile she has also opted for a similar silhouette to one favoured by the Duchess: narrow and feminine with a high neckline, pouffy shoulders and a mid-calf-length skirt.
Mrs Biden waves to photographers as the quartet took in the fresh air in Cornwall yesterday afternoon
And it appears Carrie has also hired some of her wardrobe for the event – two collections from dress hire companies My Wardrobe HQ and Hurr Collective were delivered on Wednesday and Thursday.
Yesterday, the White House announced America’s First Lady will meet with newlywed Carrie during her trip to the UK for the G7 summit.
In a statement released yesterday, it was confirmed that President Joe Biden’s wife Jill, 70, will enjoy a visit with the new Mrs Johnson over tea yesterday.
Jill, a university professor, and Carrie, a former Tory aide, were then scheduled to tour St. Michael’s Mount off the coast of Cornwall, where the G7 summit is being held on Friday.
It comes days after piles of colourful ballgowns and dresses were seen being taken from Downing Street and packed into a waiting car ahead of the summit
Dresses delivered to Downing Street earlier this week appeared to show Carrie has been looking to the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration for her wardrobe for the world summit
Carrie is understood to have chosen some of Kate’s most beloved labels — L.K. Bennett, Alessandra Rich, The Vampire’s Wife for the event
America’s First Lady (pictured left) will meet with newlywed Carrie (pictured right) during her trip to the UK this week for the G7 summit, the White House announced yesterday
Big day! Boris Johnson and Carrie married in a private Catholic ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on May 29, with a small group of family and friends present
However the tour of the castle has been cancelled due to poor weather.
‘The President and First Lady will meet with The Right Honorable Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Mrs Carrie Johnson,’ the statement from the First Lady’s office read.
‘The First Lady and Mrs Johnson will meet separately over tea and then tour St. Michael’s Mount off the coast of Cornwall.’
This weekend, when Mrs Johnson joins her new husband Boris at the G7 Summit, will be their first major engagement as a married couple.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill left the White House on Wednesday on the way to Cornwall where they will meet Boris Johnson and attend the G7, before a meeting with the Queen
US President and the First Lady’s G7 schedule: Joe and Jill Biden will meet with the Queen following summit
President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as the US leader will feature a meeting with the Queen following the G7 summit. Here’s is his and his wife’s full schedule to June 13:
Wednesday, June 9
Biden and his wife, Jill, leave Washington on Wednesday morning. Their first stop in the UK will be at Royal Air Force Mildenhall to greet U.S. Air Force personnel stationed there. Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the only permanent U.S. Air Force air refueling wing in the European theater.
Thursday, June 10
Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Cornwall, site of the G7 summit.
Friday, June 11
Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days starting on Friday, to work on U.S. policy priorities such as the economy and allied unity. The First Lady will take part in the G7 Summit welcoming events.
Saturday, June 12
Biden will attend more G7 summit meetings in Cornwall and have bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders. The First Lady will participate in the program for spouses of G7 leaders.
Sunday, June 13
Biden will finish his meetings at the G7 summit. Afterward, the Bidens will meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Then Biden will travel to Brussels for the night.
Carrie will be in charge of all the leaders’ spouses, including France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron, 68, Joachim Sauer, 72, husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, 46, wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Boris and Carrie married in a private Catholic ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on May 29, with a small group of family and friends present.
They proceeded with a small reception in the Downing Street garden, where an official photograph of the bride and groom was taken.
The couple have already sent save-the-date cards for a wider celebration on July 30 next year.
The couple’s one-year-old son Wilfred attended the small wedding in the cathedral where he had previously been baptised.
The bride wore a rented long lace gown and a floral headband. She has taken the Prime Minister’s surname and is now known as Mrs Johnson.
It is understood Mrs Johnson was unhappy that an unofficial snap, presumed to have been taken by a guest, circulated on social media.
Downing Street declined to comment on the timing of the wedding.
Meanwhile, President Biden is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Boris for face-to-face talks tomorrow – the first time the two men will have met in person – before the summit formally gets underway on Friday.
When the summit ends on Sunday, the President and First Lady will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Mr Biden will then depart for Brussels where he will attend a NATO summit and a joint US-EU summit before then heading to Geneva in Switzerland for a bilateral showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In an article for the Washington Post, Mr Biden announced that the trip is about ‘realising America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners’ as he attempts to mend relations with Britain and the EU.
His predecessor Donald Trump engaged in a bitter trade row with the EU and slammed NATO members for failing to spend more on defence – sparking fears that he would pull the US out of the alliance.
The Republican president also angered the international community after he formally withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Agreement – both negotiated by Barack Obama. One of Mr Biden’s first acts as President was to rejoin the climate accord and reopen nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic.
Mr Biden also said that he would meet with Mr Johnson to ‘affirm the special relationship between our nations’ – a term which the British premier reportedly told the President that he hates because it is ‘too needy’.
From a university professor to a Tory aide: How Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson both fell in love with political leaders
They’re set to meet over tea on Thursday ahead of the G7 summit – but just what will Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson have in common to talk about? Here, FEMAIL reveals the wives marriages, careers and supportive roles in their husbands’ lives.
Carrie’s parents are Matthew Symonds, 64, one of the founders of the Independent newspaper, and Josephine Mcaffee, 70, who was then one of the paper’s lawyers. Both were married to other people at the time.
Carrie was born in London in 1988 – just four months later her father’s wife gave birth to Carrie’s half-sister Isobel (she has two other half siblings) – and was brought up by her mother in a handsome three-bedroom townhouse on a quiet, leafy road in East Sheen, south-west London.
Her father provided financial assistance but, according to one friend, never seemed much of a presence in her life. ‘She talked of her mother all the time, but never mentioned him,’ he says.
Carrie attended £20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west London, where she excelled at pretty much everything but particularly sport, theatre and socialising.
Later she went to Warwick University, where she gained a first-class honours degree in theatre studies and history of art. But politics was always her passion; she joined Conservative HQ fresh from university and became a Tory press officer in 2009.
It emerged earlier this year Boris Johnson’s mother-in-law has been visiting Downing Street to help look after her baby grandson Wilfred.
She reportedly formed a ‘household bubble’ with the couple in order to help out with her grandson.
Jill was born on June 3, 1951 in New Jersey and was the eldest of five sisters.
Her father, Donald Carl Jacobs was a bank teller and U.S. Navy signalman during World War II who then used the G.I. Bill to attend business school and became head of a savings and loan institution in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.
His family name had originally been Giacoppo, before her grandfather, who came from the village of Gesso in Sicily, changed it after entry into the United States.
Meanwhile her mother, Bonny was a homemaker, and was of English and Scottish descent.
Rumours Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds were close emerged in 2018, after the then Tory communications chief offered him ‘private coaching’ to help him sell his vision for the party after Brexit.
They were later seen together at the famous London restaurant Rules on February 14 2018 – Valentine’s Day. Mr Johnson only announced his split with his wife, Marina Wheeler, on September 7, 2018.
Boris and Carrie announced last February that they were engaged and expecting a baby – their son, Wilfred, was then born at the end of April.
They now live in a flat above Number 11 Downing Street and adopted a Jack Russell-cross puppy called Dilyn.
Boris and Carrie married in a private Catholic ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on May 29, with a small group of family and friends present.
Dr Jill Biden is often described as her husband’s biggest defender and one of his most trusted political advisers.
The talented 70-year-old has been married to Joe Biden for 43 years, becoming a stepmother to Beau and Hunter Biden, his two sons from his first marriage, after their mother and baby sister died in a car accident in 1972.
The First Lady was 24 when she met her now-husband – who was 33 at the time and serving as the Delaware Senator.
She had divorced her first husband – former college footballer Bill Stevenson – just a few months prior, and was set up on a blind date with Joe by his brother Frank, who she knew from college, having attended University of Delaware.
Joe famously had to propose to Jill five times before she accepted his offer of marriage – and the English professor later revealed that she avoided marrying him for so long because she was afraid that their union might bring too much disruption to the lives of his sons Hunter and Beau.
The couple married in 1977 at the United Nations chapel and a reception lunch at Sign of the Dove in New York City, and then took sons Beau and Hunter on their honeymoon. Their daughter was born in 1981.
Carrie joined the Tory party media machine in 2009, first as a press adviser, then head of broadcast at Conservative campaign headquarters ahead of the 2015 general election, before becoming communications chief in 2017.
However, she was forced to quit just months after being accused of abusing her expenses to the tune of thousands of pounds.
Carrie was asked to leave her £80,000-a-year role after party chiefs said her performance was poor, having previously challenged her over taxi expenses.
She declined to comment on the claims, which a close friend dismissed as nonsense and a bid to smear her by opponents of Brexit.
Carrie was the product of an affair between her father, Matthew, a founder of the Independent, and of newspaper lawyer Josephine McAfee while they were both were married to other people.
Her mother raised her in a three-bed townhouse in East Sheen, South West London, while her father provided financial assistance, though he is not thought to have played a big role in his life.
Carrie was educated at the £20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west London, which counts Nigella Lawson as a former pupil. She then went on to study theatre studies and history of art, graduating with a first from Warwick University.
In 2021, it was announced Carrie had joined animal rights charity The Aspinall Foundation as its head of communications.
As well as serving as matriarch to the Biden family, Jill has also continued to uphold her career as a teacher and professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College while fulfilling her role as First Lady.
In 2007, she received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.
As Second Lady, she launched Joining Forces with then First Lady Michelle Obama, an initiative to support service members, veterans and their families.
She also launched a children’s book in 2012, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops, which followed the story of their family’s experience with deployment through the eyes of Dr. Biden’s granddaughter, Natalie, in the year her father, Beau, was deployed to Iraq.
Carrie has been by the PM’s side since she joined his staff in Downing Street on his arrival in July 2019.
During Carrie and Boris Johnson’s relationship, she has been credited with attempts to transform his public image, with the PM swapping his previously unruly, slap-dash outfits to a noticeably more polished look, with neatly cropped hair and a significantly slimmer waistline last year.
Jill has shown unwavering support to Joe throughout his political career, serving as his Second Lady during the eight years he spent as Vice President to former President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she was credited with helping to ‘make her husband whole again’ after he suffered the tragic loss of his first wife Neilia and their infant daughter in a car crash in 1972.
In his 2007 biography, Promises to Keep, Joe thanked his wife for ‘giving him back his life’ and making him feel ‘whole’ again, writing: ‘She gave me back my life. She made me start to think my family might be whole again.’