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First Lady Jill Biden receives warm welcome from Duchess Kate Middleton for their first meeting ever on children’s education

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HAYLE, England (KWWL) -- During a preschool school visit to the Connor Downs Academy, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton gave First Lady Dr. Jill Biden a very warm welcome to the UK on Friday.

For their first meeting ever, the two met to show their long-standing commitment to children and education.

Duchess Middleton said, "Thank you Ed and and thank you everyone for being here today and from overseas as well. But I wanted to just say a personal thank you and welcome to you Dr. Biden. It's a huge honor talking here in the United Kingdom. And I hope you'll enjoy the discussion today. And thank you for your interesting work. So very much for looking forward to today's conversation."

First Lady Biden, said, "Thank you. And I want to say thank you to everybody for this program today, thank you to the academy. I met some wonderful teachers and principals and most of all, the children who were so inspiring and so well behaved. You know, I couldn't get over it. I want to thank the press too for covering this because early childhood education is so important to lay the foundation for all of our students. So thank you for having me and for inviting me here. It's a very special place, I can see that."

The Duchess and First lady toured the preschool and met with teachers and students inside a classroom of 4 & 5-year old students.

First Lady Biden is a lifelong educator having served decades as a teacher and currently is a community college professor, while Duchess Middleton has taken a public-facing role in the overall well-being of children.

In addition to the tour, Biden and Duchess also participated in a roundtable discussion about early childhood education.

This coincides with President Biden making his first international trip abroad to the G-7 economic summit in the southwest region of England.

On Thursday, the President and first lady met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson.

The President and first lady will also meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday.

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