Queen's historical win 'meant so much to her'
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Later today, Prince William and his judges will give a £1 million prize to five different green entrepreneurs, inventors and project managers as part of the first-ever Earthshot Prize awards ceremony. Divided into five categories created for the occasion (the restoration and protection of nature, air cleanliness, ocean revival, waste-free living and climate action), the winners will inaugurate the competition.
The Earthshot Prize is expected to last until 2030 and will award £5m every year.
Showing support for the prize, Buckingham Palace literally turned green with new lighting on Saturday evening.
On Instagram, the official account of the Royal Family reminded its 10m followers that the prize was “created by The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation” and “has led a worldwide search for the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the environmental challenges facing us all.”
In a further sign of the royal family and the UK championing the green agenda, Prince William said there was “no better place” than London for the inaugural awards ceremony, to be staged at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
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Royals fans seemed to enjoy the new lighting with hundreds of comments praising the Queen’s initiative.
“Your palace looks as wonderful in green as you, Your Majesty,” wrote @mc_joosy.
“Brilliant, loving the royal family becoming more vocal on this urgent matter,” commented @alcocklaura.
@senzaleituttomienulla said: “Perfect initiative for the times we live in.”
“It’s so exciting! Good luck to the finalists. They are all winners by the way,” said @trinittianderson.
“I admire how Granny supports her grandson in this very urgent quest to repair the planet. See y’all tomorrow, and again, at COP26 in Scotland in November,” said @ade.b3nson.
“Fantastic project for everyone ALL over the world!” cheered @p_hello123.
The green Palace project comes as the Queen was heard earlier this week mentioning the lack of action in tackling the climate crisis from political leaders.
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Her Majesty will nonetheless be around the said leaders at the end of the month when she will attend the COP26 in Glasgow.
The summit will run from 31 October to 12 November and will gather world leaders including American President Joe Biden.
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