Biden to meet with William and Kate in boost for Earthshot

Prince William discusses The Earthshot Prize in Boston

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are set to meet with President Biden during their three day trip to the US. The royal couple are in Boston for the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday, after touching down at the city’s Logan Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams described the meeting as a “great boost for the wonderful work the Prince and Princess of Wales are doing and a special show of support for the Earthshot Prize”.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “We’re still finalizing and working through the details.

“We don’t have any more specifics to share on that.”

It is the first overseas trip for the Prince and Princess since the Queen passed away in September at the age of 96.

In a statement on their arrival the Prince said: “On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late Queen.

“She remembered her 1976 bicentennial visit with great fondness. My grandmother was one of life’s optimists. And so am I.

“That is why last year we launched the Earthshot Prize with the ambition to create a truly global platform to inspire hope and urgent optimism as we look to save the future of our planet.”

Friday will also mark a historical first meeting between the President and the future King and Queen, although he met with Prince William at last year’s COP26 in Glasgow.

In September, President Biden travelled to the UK to attend Her Majesty’s state funeral and offered his condolences to King Charles.

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He said: “In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort.”

Friday’s prizegiving will be hosted by presenter and broadcaster Clara Amfo alongside actor Daniel Dae Kim, with the winners being announced by the Princess of Wales, actor Rami Malek, comedic actor Catherine O’Hara and actor and advocate Shailene Woodley.

Musical performers at the event will include Ellie Goulding, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Chloe x Halle and Annie Lennox.

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