As every visitor to Cornwall knows, the changeable weather has a habit of scuppering the best-laid plans.
A drizzly, misty Thursday in the far south-west of Britain meant Joe Biden and Boris Johnson had to switch the venue for their talks before the G7 summit.
The two leaders had been due to meet at the beautiful St Michael’s Mount, a castle on a tidal island off the south coast. Reports suggested their wives, Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson, were going to tour the island while the leaders discussed issues including Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency.
A No 10 source confirmed that the visit was “sadly off due to the weather”. Weather forecasts for the area suggested there was a high chance of rain around lunchtime, with a moderate breeze.
The leaders will meet instead in Carbis Bay, the main location for Friday’s summit.