UK royals traveling to Boston with eye on environment prize


LONDON — The Prince and Princess of Wales’ first overseas trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth II begins on Wednesday, an occasion to show the world a lot about how they are not everyone. like who they are.

With a three-day visit to Boston, focusing on Prince William’s initiative to find new generation environmental entrepreneurs, complemented by trips to an anti-poverty program, the researchers local child development and flood prevention, the couple hope to prove that they are not the last remnants of a dying organization. Instead, Americans will see younger face about a monarchy addressing important issues as it seeks to remain relevant in modern, multicultural Britain.

The visit took place less than three months later Elizabeth’s deathPersonal celebrity has tempered criticism of the crown during her 70-year reign. King Charles IIIWilliam’s father, made it clear that he would be a reduced monarchy, less pompous and ceremonial than his predecessors.

Professor Arianne Chernock of Boston University, an expert on modern British history, said: “I think this is not about saving the Earth but about saving the royal family. “Honestly, we saw Charles as king and his first few months in that position were trying to get a feel for his way, finding a way to be a more appropriate, more modern king. And I think we see something similar happen with William and Kate as well.”

Part of that reset involves winning back the hearts and minds of the American people, where William’s younger brother Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan, has dominated the media since moving to California in 2020. Harry and Meghan have criticized the royal family for alleged racism and insensitive treatment, and built their own media profiles by making films and podcasts for Netflix and Spotify.

The trip got off to a rough start as a woman waited for the late Queen Elizabeth apologize and resign about allegations that she asked a prominent Black person to support domestic violence survivors where she “really comes from”, despite her insistence that she was a British citizen.

The British Press Association and several other media outlets in the UK have identified the woman who made the comments as Lady Susan Hussey, who has served the monarch for more than 60 years. She is also the godmother of the Prince of Wales.

Netflix series “Crown” also revived some of the more difficult times for the House of Windsor, including the breakdown of Charles’s marriage to the late Princess Diana, William’s mother, amid joint accusations of infidelity.

But William and Kate wanted to tell a different story, about their work on environmental issues, mental health and early childhood education.

During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee gala in June, William stated highlights her and his father’s pioneering work on the environment, as jungle and ocean images are projected on the walls of Buckingham Palace behind him.

Kate last week wrote an opinion piece on the need to improve the lives of young children for The Daily Telegraph, one of Britain’s most influential newspapers, alongside a photo of the princess sitting cross-legged in the middle of a garden. group of elementary school students.

“Over the past 10 years, talking to many experts about how we tackle social problems like poor physical and mental health, I am more and more certain of one thing: If we want to create a For a healthier and happier society for future generations, we must begin by understanding and acknowledging the special importance of the first 5 years of life,” she wrote.

William and Kate last visited the US in 2014, not long after their wedding. During that trip, the charming young couple was greeted as they toured the eastern United States

Eight years later, now in their 40s and with three young children, the prince and princess are finally getting engaged again.

Choosing Boston, the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy, as their destination is symbolic. Kennedy’s 1962 speech setting a goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of that decade inspired William’s Earthshot Awardaims to find solutions to climate change and other environmental problems at the end of this section.

The mission begins Wednesday, when William and Kate will meet with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and Museum with the late president’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy.

Over the weekend, they will visit Roca Inc., highlighting the racial justice group’s efforts to improve the lives of young people by addressing issues such as poverty, incarceration, and violent trauma urban force. They will also visit the Harvard Center for Child Development, a leading research center on the long-term impact of childhood experiences.

But during the trip, William will pay attention to the Earthshot Prize.

By focusing on the environment and climate change in particular, the royal family is likely to send shock waves through the US, where many people still are, said author, social commentator and Washington Post contributor Sally Quinn. deny the existence of human-caused global warming. The ability of the royals to shed light on matters and merge their fame with entertainers like Billie Eilish, who was chosen as the headliner for the awards show, is likely to take everyone’s attention.

If nothing else, it takes a problem head-on and makes it easier to grasp than scientists’ technical presentations, Quinn said.

“Obviously the media and attention will be good, not just because they’re celebrities and because they’re royalty, but because they’re serious people who care about issues,” Quinn said. “I mean, they’re not frivolous. They are not party people. They don’t go out dancing on the table every night. They really are hard-working royals, and they’re the issues they care about.”

Earthshot awards £1 million ($1.2 million) to winners in five separate categories: protecting nature, cleaning the air, revitalizing oceans, eliminating waste and transforming climate change. The winners and all 15 finalists also receive help in scaling their projects to meet global demand.

The winners will be announced Friday at MGM Music Hall in Boston as part of a flashy show led by Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Chloe x Halle. The show will also feature videos narrated by naturalist David Attenborough and actor Cate Blanchett.

BBC’s Clara Amfo and American actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim have been chosen as co-hosts. Presenters include actors Rami Malek, Catherine O’Hara and Shailene Woodley.

The ceremony is scheduled to air Sunday on BBC in the UK, PBS in the US and Multichoice across Africa.

“We’re at this point where there’s a lot of room for the royal family to imagine their future and people really feel that Kate and William are the future of this institution,” Chernock said. “And so we have to really pay careful attention to how, without Queen Elizabeth, they’re going to appear in public again.”


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