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Jill Biden swaps out her wedding ring for a chunky black diamante band

Jill Biden swapped out her wedding ring for a chunky black band while visiting southern Virginia with her husband, President Joe Biden, on Monday. 

The 69-year-old First Lady, who is never one to shy away from a sartorial statement, looked elegant in a white sheath dress and slate gray coat, but she made the ensemble all her own with her accessory choices. 

Dr. Biden’s thick black band, which sparkled in the light, matched the black belt that cinched her waist. The eye-catching ring’s ridges gave it the appearance of stacked bands on her finger. 

Switching it up: Jill Biden, 69, swapped her wedding ring for a chunky black band while visiting Virginia on Monday 

Sparkling in the light: The eye-catching ring's ridges gave it the appearance of stacked bands on her finger

Sparkling in the light: The eye-catching ring's ridges gave it the appearance of stacked bands on her finger

Sparkling in the light: The eye-catching ring’s ridges gave it the appearance of stacked bands on her finger

Something new: The unique ring appeared to take the place of her wedding band for the day

Something new: The unique ring appeared to take the place of her wedding band for the day

She wore the statement piece on her ring finger on her left hand, and it appeared to take the place of her wedding band for the day.      

The ring was on display when she gripped the railing while stepping off of Air Force Once as well as when she was speaking at Tidewater Community College.

The educator also had on chunky diamond-encrusted earrings, layered pearl bracelets, a gold chain watch, and a silver brooch that matched her belt buckle. Even her protective face mask had pearls on the straps. 

Dr. Biden topped off her look with a pair of black patent leather and cream pumps featuring cream bows at the vamp. Her shoulder-length blonde hair was worn down with her bangs framing her face.   

Monday’s trip to Virginia was all about education. The Bidens’ first stop was at Yorktown Elementary School where they heard from fifth graders about what it was like having school at home.  

Outfit of the day: The First Lady looked elegant in a white sheath dress and slate gray coat when she traveled to southern Virginia with President Biden

Outfit of the day: The First Lady looked elegant in a white sheath dress and slate gray coat when she traveled to southern Virginia with President Biden

Added touches: Dr. Biden made the look all her own with her accessory choices, including the thick black band she wore on her ring finger on her left hand

Added touches: Dr. Biden made the look all her own with her accessory choices, including the thick black band she wore on her ring finger on her left hand

Meet and greet: The Bidens' first stop was at Yorktown Elementary School where they heard from fifth graders about what it was like having school at home

Meet and greet: The Bidens’ first stop was at Yorktown Elementary School where they heard from fifth graders about what it was like having school at home

Safe as can be! Everyone wore face masks during the first couple's visit, and the kids sat at desks with plastic shields around them

Safe as can be! Everyone wore face masks during the first couple’s visit, and the kids sat at desks with plastic shields around them

The students at Yorktown Elementary School are back in the classroom four days a week. Wednesday, their day at home is for cleaning. 

Everyone wore face masks during the first couple’s visit, and the kids sat at desks with plastic shields around them.   

President Biden reminded the kids that the First Lady teaches full time and asked them how they liked learning from home.

‘It was a little difficult with all the glitches,’ one girl said. ‘I definitely prefer it this way though.’

One boy chimed in: ‘I didn’t like virtual. It was terrible.’ 

And another noted: ‘If we were really tired we could take a little nap.’

Next up: The Bidens then took a tour of Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth

Next up: The Bidens then took a tour of Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth 

Speech: Dr. Biden spoke about her husband's American Families Plan at the college. President Biden wants to offer two years free community college tuition to all Americans

Speech: Dr. Biden spoke about her husband’s American Families Plan at the college. President Biden wants to offer two years free community college tuition to all Americans

Statement piece: Dr. Biden's ring was on display as she animatedly spoke with her hands while addressing the crowd

Statement piece: Dr. Biden’s ring was on display as she animatedly spoke with her hands while addressing the crowd

Dr. Biden, who teaches at a Northern Virginia Community College, laughed and said her students do the same.

‘You just turn off the camera. I’ve seen that,’ she said. 

The Bidens then visited Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth. As part of his American Families Plan, President Biden wants to offer two years free community college tuition to all Americans.

Both of the Bidens gave speeches about the American Families Plan after their tour of the school, with the First Lady telling the audience that she feels ‘most at home at community colleges’ as a writing professor. 

‘Community college graduates provide more security for their families,’ she said. ‘They invest in their local schools and businesses, and they bring needed skills to our workforce, helping us to meet the challenges of the 21st century. That’s why we need two years of free community college. Thank you, Mr. President.’

She also gushed a bit about her husband, saying he knows first hand that ‘there is no greater investment that we can make than in education.’  

On display:The ring could also be seen as she stepped off of Air Force one upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on their way back to the White House

On display:The ring could also be seen as she stepped off of Air Force one upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on their way back to the White House

Careful: The wind whipped through Dr. Biden's hair as she held onto the railing while stepping off of the aircraft

Careful: The wind whipped through Dr. Biden’s hair as she held onto the railing while stepping off of the aircraft 

Look of love: The first couple held as they made their way to Marine One for their helicopter ride back home

Look of love: The first couple held as they made their way to Marine One for their helicopter ride back home 

Hand in hand: They continued to hold hands as they walked across the South Lawn of the White House

Hand in hand: They continued to hold hands as they walked across the South Lawn of the White House 

Saying hi! Dr. Biden gave a wave and flashed her ring one last time before stepping inside

Saying hi! Dr. Biden gave a wave and flashed her ring one last time before stepping inside 

‘Joe knows that. He saw it in his classes when he taught law school. And he’s heard it from me every single day when I finished teaching my classes,’ she said. ‘But it’s not enough to know it takes action. And what drew me to Joe all those many years ago was his strength. 

‘And beneath his kindness, and his charm, and his good humor, is a man who keeps his promises,’ she continued. ‘He does the necessary work and shows up when it matters. And today the American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan, and the American Families Plan, will work together to deliver the future we need. 

‘He’s going to deliver on our promise for an opportunity for all Americans, with universal preschool quality, public schools, and free community college. Our country is going to rise together.’  

Both of President Biden’s $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan feature heavy education components, including everything from money to fix school buildings and replace old pipes to funds for free universal pre-K and more teachers.

He plans to pay for his jobs plan with a hike on corporate tax rates from 21 percent to 28 percent and impose a global minimum tax on corporations. To pay for his families plan, he would hike the tax rate on capital gains to 39.6 percent and raise the rate for the top 1 percent of income earners to 38.6 percent.

When President Biden took the stage at the community college, he told America’s wealthy and corporations that it is time to start paying their ‘fair share’ in taxes in his speech pushing his ambitious infrastructure and social spending sprees.

‘Is it more important to shield millionaires from paying their fair share, or is it more important that every child gets a real opportunity to succeed from an early age and ease the burden on working families,’ he said.   


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