Kate, Princess of Wales, and Prince William were greeted with huge cheers as they arrived at Boston City Hall to light the building up in green. The royal couple are in the American city for the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on Friday.
As the pair approached the podium for the Prince’s speech, the crowd cheered and whooped in excitement, in spite of the rain and cold temperatures.
In his address William thanked Mayor Michelle Wu of Boston and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond for their support for the Earthshot Prize.
He went on to explain why he had chosen the capital of Massachusetts for the ceremony, saying: “There are two reasons why Boston was the obvious choice to be the home of the Earthshot Prize in its second year.
“Sixty years ago, President Kennedy’s Moonshot speech laid down a challenge to American innovation and ingenuity.
“‘We choose to go to the Moon’, he said, ‘not because it is easy, but because it is hard’.
“It was that Moonshot speech that inspired me to launch the Earthshot Prize, with the aim of doing the same for climate change as President Kennedy did for the space race.”
President John F Kennedy was born in Massachusetts and served as junior senator for the state from 1953 until 1960.
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Royal editor for ITV Chris Ship shared news of the speech in Twitter, writing: “Late. And raining. But William and Kate arrive in front of Boston City Hall with
@MayorWu and will light this building green ahead of Friday’s @EarthshotPrize – the second ceremony of the ten year plan.”
The five winners of this year’s Earthshot Prize will be announced on Friday by a line-up of presenters including the Princess of Wales, Oscar winner Rami Malek, actor and comedian Catherine O’Hara and actor and advocate Shailene Woodley.
Broadcaster and radio host Clara Amfo will once again be co-hosting the awards alongside actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim.
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Each winning solution will be awarded £1million in prize funding to help support and scale their innovations to help protect our planet and reduce the impact of climate change.
Natural history icon and Member of The Earthshot Prize Council, Sir David Attenborough will also be making an appearance, with Prince William giving closing remarks.
Annie Lennox, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Chloe x Halle and Ellie Goulding are scheduled to perform on the night.