Queen pays tribute to Prince Philip in Cop26 video calling for action on climate


In a uncommon show of affection, the Queen has paid tribute to her “dear late husband”, the Duke of Edinburgh, in a pre-recorded video message performed to world leaders arriving at a Cop26 welcome reception.

The monarch mentioned she was pleased with the vital position Prince Philip – who died in April, aged 99 – performed in encouraging individuals to take care of the pure world, and that she “could not be more proud” of her son, the Prince of Wales, and grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, who’ve continued his work.

She additionally issued a name to action for presidents and prime ministers attending the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, urging them to work collectively in “common cause” to deal with climate change and “solve the most insurmountable problems”.

The 95-year-old was scheduled to attend the occasion alongside different senior members of the royal household, however was pressured to pull out upon receiving recommendation from docs to relaxation.

In an obvious nod to her personal mortality, Queen Elizabeth II mentioned in the message not everybody would profit from the leaders’ actions – as “none of us live forever” – however that any dedication to confront the climate emergency would definitely profit the lives of “our children’s children”.

Prince Charles, his spouse the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been on the occasion, and listened to the message, which Buckingham Palace mentioned was recorded on Friday at Windsor Castle.

Images of the Queen driving round her Windsor property have been launched earlier on Monday, simply three days after docs suggested her to relaxation and solely perform gentle duties. She is understood to drive to take her Corgi canines out for walks in the world.

During the one-and-a-half-minute video message, the pinnacle of state inspired politicians to make the most of the chance to create “a safer, stabler future for our people and for the planet on which we depend”.

“None of us underestimates the challenges ahead: but history has shown that when nations come together in common cause, there is always room for hope. Working side by side, we have the ability to solve the most insurmountable problems and to triumph over the greatest of adversities,” she mentioned.

Appealing to their sense of legacy, the Queen additionally took a second to stress that, if profitable, leaders concerned in making the “difficult” selections can be written about “in history books yet to be printed” and described because the individuals “who did not pass up the opportunity”.

She added: “That you left this conference as a community of nations with a determination, a desire, and a plan, to address the impact of climate change; and to recognise that the time for words has now moved to the time for action.”

It follows an incident final month in which the Queen was heard expressing annoyance at world leaders for each failing to commit to attending Cop26, and for speaking extra about climate change than appearing on it.

In dialog together with her daughter-in-law, Camilla, and Elin Jones, presiding officer of Wales’ Parliament, the monarch was filmed by a Daily Mail journalist saying she was “irritated” by individuals who “talk but don’t do”.

Prince Philip was a celebrated environmentalist, and loved a stint as president of the WWF – World Wildlife Fund – from 1981 to 1996.

He additionally famously drove an eco-friendly taxi across the streets of London, many years earlier than inexperienced autos have been used extra broadly.

In her message, the Queen recalled a time “in 1969” when Philip advised an instructional gathering that “if the world pollution situation is not critical at the moment, it is as certain as anything can be that the situation will become increasingly intolerable within a very short time”.

It was then that she paid tribute to the work of not simply her late husband, however of her son, Charles, and grandson, Prince William, too.

“It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William,” she mentioned.

“I could not be more proud of them.”

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