First lady Jill Biden met Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, for the first time on Friday in Cornwall, England, where world leaders have arrived this week for the G7 Summit, which begins Friday. It’s the Bidens first trip abroad since President Joe Biden was inaugurated. 

While wearing masks, the first lady and the duchess toured Conor Downs Academy, meeting with 4-and-5-year-old students as well as teachers. The academy is a “trauma-informed school,” meaning it works with students who have experienced trauma in their lives. 

The first lady said the children were “so well behaved.” 

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First lady Jill Biden and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talk with children in the school’s Reception Class during a visit to Connor Downs Academy on June 11, 2021.

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At the Cornwall school, the pair participated in a roundtable discussion on the importance of early childhood education, a topic close to both women’s hearts.  

“The importance of providing adequate support for parents and children alike during early childhood, and the positive impact that this can have across society, is something which Her Royal Highness and The First Lady have both gained an understanding of through their respective work,” Kensington Palace said in a press release. 

The palace said that the duchess will step up her work in this area with an announcement next week.

While touring the “outside classroom,” the two met the school’s five bunnies, which the students help care for. The first lady carried a bowl of carrots to feed them.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and first lady Jill Biden, carry carrots for the school rabbits during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021, in Hayle, Cornwall, England.

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Speaking on the impact of education early on in life, the first lady said, “It’s very important to the foundation. As a teacher at the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind. This is amazing to see how far advanced they are.”

Answering a question about her newborn niece Lilibet, the daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, after the discussion, Kate responded, “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet, met her yet, so hopefully, that will be soon.”

Asked if she has FaceTimed Lilibet, she responded that she has not. 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and First lady Dr. Jill Biden during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, on June 11, 2021.

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After the roundtable discussion, the first lady joked that it was too short. 

“I have a million questions written down! I’ll have to give you a call!” she said. 

Before leaving, the women were presented with small bouquets of flowers from the children. 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and First lady Dr. Jill Biden are presented with flowers by the head boy and head girl during a visit to Connor Downs

Gialamas, George

MADISON – George Gialamas, husband, father, Papou, friend, CEO of the Gialamas Company, well-known Madison developer, and community leader, died peacefully at his home Saturday morning, May 8, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

George Thomas Gialamas was born in Chicago on Oct. 20, 1938, to Thomas George and Demetra (Chibucos) Gialamas.

In his youth, George developed a strong work ethic when he began delivering groceries on a bicycle. He also worked in a canning factory and as a hospital orderly. In his teen years he worked at his family hotel, The Grant Park Hotel, in downtown Chicago.

His secondary education was at Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago, and he graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1962. During his college years at Marquette, he acted and sang at the Skylight Theater.

Following college, George joined the IBM Sales and Marketing team in Chicago. His 14 years with the company included time in Chicago, New York City and Madison, Wis.

On Aug. 20, 1970, George married Candy McKinstry at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Madison. They made their home on Thorstrand Road in Madison, where they raised their family.

George and Candy treasured their family. Their children were always included in all of their celebrations, activities and travel experiences, including trips to every continent. The Greek Islands were always their favorite destination.

Their home was a gathering place and always a welcoming venue for guests. This included christenings, birthdays, holidays, fundraisers, political gatherings and weekly get-togethers with family and friends. Their door was always open and their hospitality unparalleled. George loved his Sunday dinners with friends and family. He loved people, and people felt loved and welcomed by him.

In 1976 George and his wife, Candy, founded the Gialamas Company, the Madison-based commercial real estate development and brokerage company. From inception, company projects were underway in Madison and the surrounding area.

In 1984, ground breaking for Old Sauk Trails Business Park began. The 500-acre park on the west side of Madison was one of George’s proudest accomplishments.

The Gialamas Company was born with integrity, a strong work ethic and team concept built on the philosophy that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” George always wanted success for his company and his competitors. He was not only a strong leader for his own business, but helped many others in the community. Numerous start-up companies and charities have benefited through George providing investments, workspace, advice and guidance.

From humble beginnings and hard work, George became a true American success story.

He understood the importance of building strong relationships and always believed his staff was his strongest asset. George was an innovator and a visionary. He understood the importance of environmental stewardship for future generations and was always in search of the next great design or engineering innovation.

A passion for community needs, education and support of the arts became a strong impetus and tradition of philanthropic support for The Gialamas Company and The Gialamas