Jill Biden bonds with Carrie Johnson at G20 spouses luncheon after sipping wine with Brigitte Macron – but skips partners tour of the Colosseum
First Lady Jill Biden joined the other G20 spouses Saturday for a private lunch at Villa Doria Pamphilj, looking friendly with U.K. Prime Minister’s Boris Johnson‘s wife Carrie as they walked through the grounds.
Biden and Johnson, who bonded at the G7 in Cornwall, England in June, walked side-by-side, Biden in a brown blazer and camel dress, Johnson in a bright red Zara blazer and floral dress, as they concluded taking a group picture, according to the first lady’s spokesman.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez‘s wife Begona walked nearby.
A number of the spouses were seen touring Rome’s Colosseum on Saturday, however the American first lady didn’t attend.
On Friday, Biden spent time sipping Chardonnay at a restaurant in downtown Rome with French First Lady Brigitte Macron.
First Lady Jill Biden (fifth from left) joined other G20 spouses for a closed-door luncheon at Villa Doria Pamphilj on Saturday
First Lady Jill Biden was spotted chatting with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie (in red blazer) after a spouse luncheon at Villa Doria Pamphilj on Saturday. The two spouses walked behind Olga Khromchenko, a member of the Russian delegation
The G20 spouses walked around the grounds of Villa Doria Pamphilj on Saturday, where they took a group photo
First Lady Jill Biden is seen walking into a spouses luncheon Saturday at Villa Doria Pamphilj, a villa surrounded by Rome’s largest public park
Dr. Biden wasn’t photographed among the G20 spouses who visited the Colosseum on Saturday including Carrie Johnson (center in red), Italian prime minister’s wife Serenella Cappello (sixth from right) and French First Lady Brigitte Macron (fourth from right)
Carrie Johnson is photographed taking in the Colosseum in Rome on Saturday with other partners of G20 leaders
Carrie Johnson (left) and Brigitte Macron (right) speak at the Colosseum in Rome on Saturday
(From left) Brigitte Macron, Carrie Johnson and Italian prime minister’s wife Serenella Cappello at the Colosseum in Rome on Saturday
The two first ladies were practically twinning, as the petite blondes both wore navy suits paired with navy heels.
Both petite blondes wore navy suits paired with navy heels.
They got together at a restaurant called Il Marchese, ahead of their husbands’ first meeting since France was blindsided by Australia pulling out of a submarine deal to join a security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom.
Afterward, Biden, 70, standing alongside Macron, 68, said the time spent together was ‘wonderful.’
‘It’s nice, two friends together, just like sisters,’ she cooed.
The two women sipped Chardonnay and ate small bites.
When asked about what they ate and drank, Biden played coy.
‘Well,’ she said, pausing. ‘Practically nothing.’
‘It’s nice, two friends together, just like sisters,’ First Lady Jill Biden (right) said after sipping Chardonnay with French First Lady Brigitte Macron (left) at Il Marchese in Rome
First Lady Jill Biden (left) and French First Lady Brigitte Macron (right) both sported navy suits and heels for their get-together at Il Marchese, which happened as President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron held a bilateral meeting in Rome early evening Friday
Biden waves at reporters staged outside Il Marchese, a restaurant located near the Tiber river in Rome
The French first lady arrived after Biden. She and the American first lady spent time together at spouses events in June at the G7
French First Lady Brigitte Macron (left) and First Lady Jill Biden (right) spoke with reporters after spending time together – while their husbands met – at a restaurant in Rome on the sidelines of the G20
Jill Biden’s meeting with First Lady Macron is part of the first lady’s packed schedule over four days in Italy.
Biden, whose family is from Italy, spoke glowingly about this year’s G20’s host country.
‘We’ve come here so many times. I love Italy, Brigitte loves Italy. Who would not love Italy? There’s nothing that we couldn’t love about it right?’ she said.
The Bidens, after the death of son Beau in 2015, even spent Thanksgiving in Rome, staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, CNN reported Friday.
‘It was wonderful, he was wonderful,’ she told the reporters staged outside the restaurant’s door.
Macron, who arrived second, nodded in affirmation when asked if she was excited to meet with Dr. Biden.
First Lady Jill Biden (right), arriving in Rome early Friday morning alongside President Joe Biden (right), has her own packed schedule while in Italy through Monday
First Lady Jill Biden (center) speaks to children’s theater performers at a G7 event alongside Carrie Johnson (left), the wife of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Brigitte Macron (right), who she’ll meet with in Rome Friday afternoon
First Lady Jill Biden (second from right) and Brigitte Macron (right) stand side-by-side at a spouses event in June, which was part of the G7 in Cornwall
She and Macron had spent time together at a spouses event at the G7 in Cornwall in June, which marked the Bidens’ first overseas trip since the president was sworn-in in January.
Earlier Friday, Biden had tea with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s wife Serena Cappello at the Chigi Palace, while President Biden met with the prime minister.
After a weekend of private spouse events, the first lady will do a solo trip to Naval Support Activity Naples on Monday, where about 8,500 U.S. troops work.
There, the first lady will visit Naples Middle High School, which is a school operated through the Department of Defense, meeting with high school students and teachers and then delivering a speech.
The event will marry Biden’s ‘Joining Forces’ initiative, which she started with former First Lady Michelle Obama in 2011 and restarted earlier this year, and her career as an English teacher.
Joining Forces provides support to military members, veterans and their families.
First Lady Jill Biden (center right) speaks with Uberto Vanni d’Archirafi (center left), the Senior Official of the Diplomatic Protocol of the Italian Republic, on the tarmac at Rome Fiumicino International Airport early Friday morning
First Lady Jill Biden (left) ushers President Joe Biden (right) toward the Beast as they arrive in Rome, Italy to participate in G20 events through Sunday
First Lady Jill Biden (center) hugs Sarb Edmund (second from left) the 89th Airlift Wing Senior/Training Protocol Specialist, as she and President Joe Biden depart for Rome from Joint Base Andrews Thursday
First Lady Jill Biden (right) and President Joe Biden left for Rome early Thursday afternoon. They will split up Monday with the president traveling to Scotland for COP26 and the first lady heading to Naples to visit a Defense Department-funded high school at a U.S. base
Biden continues to teach community college classes – making her the first, first lady to ever hold an outside job.
Biden had a similarly busy schedule on her first solo trip abroad – representing the United States at the opening of the Tokyo summer Olympics.
There, the first lady held court with then Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko, watched the Olympics with French President Emmanuel Macron, attended an event with heads of delegations at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace and hosted an Olympics watch party for American diplomats at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo.
She stopped in Alaska and Hawaii to do COVID-19 vaccine advocacy.
In Honolulu, FLOTUS also attended a barbecue for military members and their families as part of Joining Forces.