First Lady Jill Biden has her own packed schedule in Italy – including holding a solo event with French First Lady Brigitte Macron in Rome and visiting an American military high school in nearby Naples.
Biden and Macron will meet Friday afternoon, as their husbands hold their first bilateral 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.
The first ladies previously 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.
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
Also on Friday, Biden will accompany her husband to the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis.
She’ll then head to the Chigi Palace, the residence of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, where she’ll have tea with Draghi’s wife, Serena Cappello, as the president and prime minister hold their bilateral meeting.
After that, Biden will hold her solo event with Macron.
On Saturday, the first lady will join all the spouses who traveled to Rome for the G20 for an unspecified event.
That night, she’ll be at the president’s side for an event attended by all the leaders and their spouses.
And then on Sunday, Biden will attend a farewell luncheon for G20 spouses.
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
On Monday, while President Biden heads to Scotland to participate in the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit, the first lady will do a solo trip to Naval Support Activity Naples, 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.
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.