Queen Elizabeth of England Friday, excited world leaders when she asked them”- Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?”
Many world leaders are in London for the G7 summit.
The Queen made the jokes as presidents and prime ministers smiled for the camera during a “family photo” after an evening reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The monarch who is 95, was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in what was seen as a major royal charm offensive, and a huge boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he aims to promote “Global Britain” on the world stage.
The leaders, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden, many with spouses, were pictured chatting to the royals.
After the 40-minute reception, they moved to an area to take a socially-distanced group photo, and after taking their seats, the Queen said: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?”
The leaders around the Queen laughed as Johnson said “yes”, adding, “We have been enjoying ourselves – in spite of appearances.”
Merkel walked over to the Queen and thanked her for posing for the picture, saying: “Thank you for doing that for us.”
The royals also took time to carry out other engagements, including a meeting described by the Prince of Wales as “potentially game-changing” in which chief executives and the G7 leaders met to discuss how they could work together to tackle the climate crisis.
Speaking at the event, Prince Charles called on the G7 leaders to display the same sense of urgency in tackling climate change as they showed in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the battle against the pandemic provided a “crystal-clear example of the scale, and sheer speed, at which the global community can tackle crises when we combine political will with business ingenuity and public mobilisation”.
He added: “We are doing it for the pandemic. So if you don’t mind me saying so, we must also do it for the planet.”