Queen will urge world leaders to do more to protect the planet

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Queen will urge world leaders to do more to protect the planet: Her Majesty is set to open COP26 with landmark intervention in climate change debate

  • Her Majesty will open the UN climate change conference in Scotland
  • She will make a speech that acknowledges the scale of the environmental crisis 
  • Around 120 past and present world leaders are expected to attend COP26


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The Queen is to make a landmark intervention in the climate change debate, urging world leaders to do more to protect the planet. 

Her Majesty will open the UN climate change conference in Scotland later this month with a speech that acknowledges the scale of the environmental crisis and makes it clear she shares the profound concerns already voiced by members of her family.

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Around 120 past and present world leaders are expected to attend COP26 in Glasgow including President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The Queen’s involvement means that the most senior members of the Royal Family are now united in their wish to address climate change, commonly accepted as the most pressing issue facing the planet.

Her laughter says it all. If there's one thing guaranteed to put a smile on the Queen's face, it's racing at Ascot. Wearing a royal blue coat with black fur trim , the monarch presented the trophy to the winner in the Elizabeth II stakes on British Champions' Day

Her laughter says it all. If there’s one thing guaranteed to put a smile on the Queen’s face, it’s racing at Ascot. Wearing a royal blue coat with black fur trim , the monarch presented the trophy to the winner in the Elizabeth II stakes on British Champions’ Day

Buckingham Palace turned green in a light show to support the first award ceremony of Prince William's decade-long Earthshot Prize

Buckingham Palace turned green in a light show to support the first award ceremony of Prince William’s decade-long Earthshot Prize 

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Winner by a smile 

Her laughter says it all. If there’s one thing guaranteed to put a smile on the Queen’s face, it’s racing at Ascot.

Wearing a royal blue coat with black fur trim yesterday, the monarch presented the trophy to the winner in the Elizabeth II stakes on British Champions’ Day. 

The Queen, pictured above at Ascot, walked without the stick she used at the opening of the Welsh Parliament last week.

Sir Francis Brooke, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, presented her with a memento marking her induction into the flat racing Hall of Fame.

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October has been the busiest month for the Queen since the death of Prince Philip in April.

On Tuesday, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will join Prime Minister Boris Johnson to host a Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle.

Guests will be greeted at the castle before attending a reception with speakers including leaders from politics, industry and academia. The event, which closes with a speech by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, will champion environmental initiatives in big business.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: ‘These titans of enterprise showcase how the UK is using investment to cement itself as a science and tech superpower, and a pioneer of green technology.’

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A source said that the 95-year-old monarch’s views were ‘very much aligned’ with her son Prince Charles and her grandson Prince William, who have been campaigning on green issues for decades.

The source said: ‘You can’t fit a piece of paper between the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Prince William when it comes to the big issues like this. They are all in agreement.’

Buckingham Palace turned green in a light show last night to support the first award ceremony of Prince William’s decade-long Earthshot Prize, which rewards pioneering environmental entrepreneurs. The Queen has been a staunch supporter of her grandson’s campaign.

Last week, a microphone picked up Her Majesty’s unguarded comments at the opening of the Welsh parliament, at which the Queen was heard to say: ‘I’ve been hearing all about COP… Still don’t know who is coming… no idea.’

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She added: ‘We only know about people who are not coming… and it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.’

Her comments are thought to relate to the suggestion that China’s President Xi Jinping might not attend COP26.

Palace aides and Government sources have been discussing the details of the two-week long conference. While the Queen’s opinions on a range of issues are a closely guarded secret, she is said to be keen to support the mission of her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who spoke passionately about biodiversity loss long before it was a mainstream concern.

In 2018 the Queen granted a rare television interview to veteran wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough. In the programme, The Queen’s Green Planet, the monarch spoke of her dream of creating a global network of forests.

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‘It might change the climate again,’ she said of the initiative.

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