image copyrightGetty Images image captionThe G7 summit will see the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US and UK gathering in person for the first time since the pandemic. Ahead of the summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie met US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. After the meeting, Mr Johnson told the BBC the alliance between the US and the UK should be known as the “indestructible relationship”.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionFor some, life has continued more or less as normal in St Ives, Cornwall, this week. Tourists bought fish and chips, and locals took their paddle boards out for a spin. But there is one key difference: the town and the neighbouring village of Carbis Bay are hosting some of the world’s most powerful leaders.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionMr Biden and his wife First Lady Jill Biden at Cornwall Airport, Newquay, on Wednesday.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionThe couple, who are on the first foreign trip of Mr Biden’s presidency, were accompanied by Boris and Carrie Johnson, on a visit to the beach on Thursday.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionDr Biden and Mrs Johnson took their shoes off on the sand at Carbis Bay, as Wilfred Johnson – Mr and Mrs Johnson’s son – looked on.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionThey were soon to be joined by other leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – depicted here on the sand in Newquay by activists from the group Avaaz, calling for the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine around the world.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionMr Trudeau wore a face covering when he arrived on Thursday for three days of talks.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionAs did Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who arrived on Friday.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionThe G7 leaders aren’t the only prominent figures in attendance. President of the European Council Charles Michel, wore a face covering adorned with the ring of stars on the EU flag when he arrived.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionPolice lined the street outside a pub decorated with the flags of the G7 countries, as delegates left the Tregenna Castle in Carbis Bay.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionMr Biden gave a speech on Thursday, accompanied by Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionAnd he had a separate meeting with Mr Johnson ahead of talks with their other counterparts.
image copyrightGetty Images image captionMeanwhile, further G7 activity was taking place at St James’s Palace in London. Designer Stella McCartney was among those who attended an event hosted by the Prince of Wales, where he encouraged firms to back a more sustainable future.