Prince William pays tribute to the Queen’s love for nature with a moving speech at the eco-summit

PRINCE William paid tribute to the Green Queen for her love of the environment, recounting the “saddest circumstances” that prevented him from attending an eco-summit.

The new Prince of Wales canceled a visit to New York yesterday for his £ 50 million project to end climate change, but spoke on video for the first time since Monday’s funeral.

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Prince William paid tribute to the Green Queen for her love of the environment

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The prince said the environment was a cause that was “close to my grandmother’s heart”Credit: AFP

William, 40, recorded the message in Windsor on Tuesday for the innovation summit, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg.

He described his difficult “time of mourning” and hailed the queen’s ecological credentials, saying that protecting the environment was “a cause that is dear to my grandmother.”

Kate and William are expected to return to work this week, despite the official royal mourning period which will last until next Monday.

It comes when Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, returned to Montecito, California yesterday to reunite with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.

Prince Edward, 58, is also returning to work and has flown to Estonia and Germany to see British troops deployed to strengthen defenses against Putin’s Russian aggression.

And Princess Royal, 72, will be in Portsmouth and Aldershot today to thank the military and women who ensured the Queen’s funeral on Monday ran smoothly.

The king, 73, remains in Balmoral, in private mourning until the weekend.

William missed his Earthshot innovation summit in the Big Apple yesterday, but revealed that he will travel with Kate for the star-studded awards ceremony in Boston later this year.

In his video message, he celebrated the late queen’s green achievements.

Wearing a black tie, he said, “Even though it is the saddest circumstance which means I cannot reach you in person today, I am delighted to be able to join you in video form as you gather in New York for the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit. . ”

He added: “During this time of pain, I take great comfort from your continued enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to the Earthshot Prize and what we are trying to achieve.

“Protecting the environment was a cause that was dear to my grandmother and I know she would have been delighted to hear about this event and the support you are all giving to our Earthshot finalists, the next generation of environmental pioneers.”

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William celebrated the late queen’s green achievementsCredit: Check copyright

William established his £ 50 million award last year and has already given out the first £ 5 million to a number of projects from around the world at a ceremony in London.

Grieving Kate has also shelved plans for a charity with retired tennis champion Roger Federer, 41, to raise charitable funds.

William added: “I know the world is an uncertain place right now. That many families and communities around the world are facing unimaginable challenges, from conflicts to energy crises and food shortages.

“As we address these short-term issues, we must also remain resolutely focused on addressing the greater challenges that threaten our tomorrow.

“Because if we don’t, climate change will only serve to root these immediate challenges in fundamental global issues, with a serious impact on the lives of each of us. This is why our collective mission is so urgent ”.

It comes when it was revealed that the queen’s 70 years on the throne will be honored with an “Avenue of Trees”.

He died at the age of 96 at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands, which was one of his favorite places.

Now the villagers in nearby Ballater will meet on 10 October to decide on an appropriate memorial.

‘Time of Mourning’

James Anderson, president of the Ballater and the Crathie Community Council, said, “We are open to ideas. It will be a difficult request to mark his great contribution to the area.

“One suggestion before the queen’s death was a tree-lined avenue to celebrate her platinum jubilee, so maybe that’s something that could now take on a different meaning. It’s about finding the right balance and it will be a difficult job ”.

One million trees have been planted for the Queen’s Green Canopy program to mark its Platinum Jubilee.

Visitors will be able to see the Queen’s burial site from next week when Windsor Castle reopens to the public.

People can pay their respects at St George’s Chapel from September 29, just over a week after the late monarch was buried.

The Queen’s name was engraved alongside that of her mother, father and husband on the log stone in the George VI Memorial Chapel.

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All four royalty were members of the Order of the Garter, which has the chapel as its spiritual home.

The chapel will be open every day when the castle is open to the public, excluding Sundays when it is open only to the faithful.

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