New York Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Queen Rania of Jordan paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at Prince William’s Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit on Wednesday, two days after attending the late monarch’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Ardern said at the kickoff event for this year’s Earthshot Prize Awards, which took place on December 2 in Boston, Queen was “somebody who was focused, committed and demonstrated that when you have patience. and show longevity, what can be achieved.”
“We need those same characteristics to meet all the environmental challenges we face,” Ardern said.
The Prince of Wales launched the Environment Awards in 2020, which aim to promote and fund solutions to help the planet over the next decade.
He did not attend this year’s summit following the death of his grandmother, as the royal period of mourning extends until next week.
Ardern said she was “humbled” to be asked to speak on the prince’s behalf.
“I am an exceptionally poor substitute” for the prince, Ardern said, adding that he would attend the summit via a virtual message. “But we all understand the need for His Royal Highness to be with his family at this time.”
Queen Rania, a member of the Earthshot Prize Council, began her speech on Wednesday by thanking William “for his leadership and vision, which he is determined to always look up to as his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.”
“She set the bar incredibly high with her deep sense of duty and resilience,” said the Queen of Jordan. “May she rest in eternal peace.”
The Prince of Wales will travel to Boston later this year for the 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards. Earthshot Awards CEO Hannah Jones told HuffPost that people can expect entertainment and inspiration from the December awards show. Last year, the show featured performances by Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, Nigerian singer Yumi Alade and English rapper KSI.
“Above all, you’re going to see solutions that will spark your imagination and give you a really sense of urgency and optimism that we have access to to drive change,” Jones said in an interview at the Plaza Hotel. In fact “climate is becoming the antidote to anxiety”.
“We want people to feel, yes, we all need to be concerned. There is a climate crisis and there are a lot of challenging issues happening in the world right now,” she said. “But there is a whole movement that we Yet don’t see people dedicating their lives and their thinking and their talents to fix the world’s problems and come up with solutions.”
Jones said he hopes this year’s awards show “inspires everyone and it rekindles the American mindset of making the impossible possible.”
Jones said the initiative “couldn’t be more thrilled” for the awards show in Boston this year, noting a “great source of inspiration” derived from Earthshot President John F. Kennedy, who was born in the Boston area.
“It’s the 60th anniversary, as you know, of ‘Moonshot’,” she said. “And that was really a great source of inspiration for Prince William when he established the Earthshot Prize, to try to inspire President Kennedy to be among the American people.”
The former president “started a wave of innovation that would not only take a man to the moon and bring them home safely, but would actually change economic and social progress for good, but also change the mindset that Went with it,” Jones said.