Sunday, February 5, 2023

Prince William and Kate visit the US for the first time in eight years

BOSTON (CNN) — William and Kate, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, arrived in Boston on Wednesday ahead of the second Earthshot Awards later this week.

The couple arrived in the city on a commercial flight after their home country sparked controversy after an attendee resigned following “unacceptable and deeply regrettable” comments made to a black executive who visited Buckingham Palace earlier this week.

This is the couple’s first visit to the United States since visiting the Big Apple eight years ago. The couple also previously embarked on a whirlwind tour of California a few months after their 2011 wedding.

The visit is a chance for William to show how he intends to adjust to his predecessor’s new role as Prince of Wales, while Catherine hopes to attract onlookers, as the former holder of her title Ease of doing it, but now, on my own terms.

Prince William created this climate change prize in 2020 in the hope of harnessing the world’s smartest minds to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing humanity. Each year for the next decade, five winners will receive £1 million (about US$1.12 million) to finance their creative solutions to the climate crisis.

The heir to the British throne was inspired to start the project by President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Launch” speech in 1962, when he accused the US of promoting space exploration.

Despite torrential rain and high temperatures, hundreds of people gathered at Speaker’s Corner outside City Hall to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. The crowd booed and applauded as the couple walked outside, accompanied by Boston city officials.

Some royal supporters await the arrival of William and Kate at City Hall Plaza in Boston. (Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking the podium, Prince William told well-wishers that he and his wife, Catherine, were “delighted to be with you today for our first engagement in the great city of Boston as we begin the countdown to the Earthshot Awards.” Awards Awards This Friday”.

The 40-year-old royal said Boston was the “obvious choice” for this year’s ceremony as former President Kennedy’s hometown and “because its universities, research centers and vibrant start-up scene make it a world leader in science, innovation and technology.” Ambition without limits.

William continued, “Like President Kennedy, Catherine and I firmly believe that we all have the potential to accomplish great things and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and solve problems.”

“We can’t wait to honor the Earthshot Prize finalists this weekend, and we both look forward to spending the next few days learning about the innovative ways Massachusetts people are tackling climate change.” “

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Haley joined the couple to help formally open the city’s Earthshot event, lighting the Civic Building and other landmarks green at the push of a button.

Before the lighting ceremony, the senior royal met with Mayor Wu inside City Hall. (Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Despite their busy schedules on Wednesday, the couple attended the Boston Celtics game against the Miami Heat in downtown Boston. He sat in the court for the game with Heli.

Restoring real perceptions after a series of controversies

While William and Kate’s trip to the United States isn’t an official royal tour, the high-ranking royals won’t just parachute in for a glitzy ceremony on Friday night. Instead, he has a three-day visit, during which he will focus on initiatives in some of Boston’s most needy communities and meet with local Indigenous leaders.

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace told CNN the couple were looking forward to spending more time in Boston to get to know the communities and the climate challenges facing the seaside city.

The couple’s visit is also seen by some as an opportunity to reset perceptions in America after a few years of loss. The new season of Netflix’s “The Crown” has revived old criticism of the monarchy, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey tarnished the family’s reputation.

They claimed family members had made racist comments and the institution had left Meghan after she admitted she contemplated suicide while pregnant with their first child, Archie. Subsequently, William defended the monarchy, saying “we are not a racist family”.

On Wednesday, a female honorary member of Buckingham Palace resigned and apologized after the founder of a Black charity said she was asked at a royal reception on Tuesday whether she was really British.

Kensington Palace condemned the incident, saying the comments were “unacceptable” and that it was “right that the person concerned should step down with immediate effect.”

By the way, a few days after this tour, Harry and Meghan will receive an award for their work on race, mental health and social impact through their Archewell Foundation. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were recently named by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Organization (RFKHR) as recipients of the 2022 Ripple of Hope Award. They are among others, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who will be honored this year.

Announcing the award last month, RFKHR President Kerry Kennedy said the couple “have always been known for their willingness to speak out and change the narrative on racial justice and mental health around the world.”

“They epitomize the kind of moral courage that my father once called ‘a necessary and important quality for those seeking to change the world’, willing to change through pain,” he said.

There are no plans for siblings and their spouses to live in the same country. Their priority is the Earthshot event and they are smart enough to know that a family gathering will override their goals.

Instead, the senior royals hope their stay in America will focus public attention on the causes they champion and the work they do.

“The awards have become like Prince’s Super Bowl of the year, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform every year to highlight some of the most impactful projects doing incredible things around the world to save the future of our planet.” Huh.” said a spokesperson for Kensington Palace.

One meeting that is scheduled, according to the White House, is to catch up with US President Joe Biden, who will greet the couple during his visit to Boston this Friday.

Earthshot Awards will be star-studded

America’s journey comes to an end this Friday with the grand finale of the star-studded Earthshot Awards ceremony, which will combine innovation with entertainment.

Singers Annie Lennox, Billie Eilish and Ellie Goulding will perform, and five winners will be announced by presenters including Oscar winner Rami Malek, actress Shailene Woodley and Catherine O’Hara of “Schitt’s Creek” fame.

British broadcaster Clara Amphoe will once again co-host the awards with actor Daniel Dae Kim. Veteran British broadcaster, naturalist, and all-around national treasure, David Attenborough will also take part in the spectacular show.

The awards will be broadcast in the UK on the BBC on Sunday at 5:30pm GMT. It is scheduled to air on PBS on December 14, but will begin streaming on the station’s website and app on Monday. Viewers across Africa will also be able to watch the ceremony on Monday when it premieres on Multichoice channels at 5pm.

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