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Jill Biden and Kate Middleton visited a pre-school classroom and fed a rabbit during their first meeting

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 11 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/60c35ff323393a00188e29d0-1280/2021-06-11T125843Z_85577630_RC2CYN9YG021_RTRMADP_3_G7-SUMMIT-ROYALS.JPG" border="0" alt="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." data-mce-source="Daniel Olivas/Reuters Images" data-mce-caption="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."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>First lady Jill Biden visited a pre-school classroom in Cornwall, England with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex, on the second day of the Bidens' first overseas presidential trip.</p><p>Biden and Middleton met a class of four- and five-year-olds at the Connor Downs Academy, a state-funded school that specializes in educating students who've dealt with trauma. The kids had learned about the G7 Summit, which is taking place on Friday and Saturday in Cornwall, and drew pictures of the White House and Buckingham Palace. It was Biden and Middleton's first meeting.</p><p>"It's the quietest class I've ever been into," Middleton said after she and Biden entered the room of well-behaved kids.</p><p>Biden, an English professor, called early childhood education "the foundation of everything."</p><p>"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 four and five years old. It's impressive."</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First Lady Dr. Jill Biden realizes British students are reading a book inspired by Greta Thunberg:<br><br>OhI know Greta, of course! Thats the main character, and what does she do'Make the world a better place. <a href="https://t.co/lneoes6dki">pic.twitter.com/lneoes6dki</a></p> The Recount (@therecount) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1403329062848827392'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 11, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kate and Dr Biden share a common view on the importance of the early years in childhood. Nice to see someone thanking the press! <a href="https://t.co/zZTtRDQqCh">pic.twitter.com/zZTtRDQqCh</a></p> Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1403325961865682946'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 11, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p>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.</p><p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60c360da6d855e001815781d-1280/GettyImages-1233389438.jpg" border="0" alt="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." data-mce-source="DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="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."></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/video-jill-biden-kate-middleton-visit-pre-school-class-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/bpa-plastic-containers-bad-health-risks-obesity-heart-disease-diabetes-2019-2">Why I'm throwing away every plastic thing in my kitchen ASAP</a></p>
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