Wednesday, 13 October 2021

The Cambridges Visit Kew Gardens for Generation Earthshot Event

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out this afternoon for a visit to Kew Gardens, taking part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from the Heathlands School, Hounslow, generating thoughtful, bold ideas to repair the planet and foster a lasting enthusiasm for the natural world.

Today's event comes ahead of Sunday's Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony. The star-studded night, held at Alexandra Palace, will celebrate the natural world, focusing on "turning the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism by celebrating the people and places driving change – the first-ever Earthshot Prize Finalists and Winners". Launched by Prince William and the Royal Foundation in October 2020, the Earthshot Prize has been inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ programme in the 1960s, which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the Moon. Sunday's event will see the Duchess taking to the stage to present an award. It will air on BBC One at 8 pm and stream live via Discovery's Facebook Page.

Kensington Palace said, "The awards ceremony will celebrate the 15 incredible finalists from around the world before awarding the first five winners of The Earthshot Prize. These five solutions will have the potential to respond to the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet and will each receive £1 million to help them scale up. The first finalists of the prize include a 14-year-old inventor from India who is working to improve air quality across India, a tiny water treatment plant from Japan that turns 98% of wastewater into clean water and the country of Costa Rica for a pioneering scheme to restore the rainforest." 

The Palace added: "It comes just weeks before the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow from October 31st to November 12th. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. These actions include increasing the focus on climate and environmental education within school curriculums across the world." The Cambridges are slated to attend events during COP26 in Glasgow from 1-5 November.

At the Royal Botanic Gardens, William and Kate were joined by several well-known figures, including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; explorer, naturalist and presenter Steve Backshall MBE; and Olympian Helen Glover.

They joined a group of students for a series of engaging and thought-provoking activities.

It follows the results of a survey -- the Children’s Commissioner’s Big Ask -- which found 39% of children in the UK cited the environment as one of their primary worries about the future. 


Generation Earthshot encourages students alongside their teachers to focus on solutions and begin unlocking the potential of the next generation of inventors.

Kate and adventurer Steve Backshall chat with students about their ideas.

The Duke and Duchess and guests pose for a photo with students. 

The outtakes are always the most fun right? :)

Town & Country reports:

“Education is such an important part of protecting our planet,” William said in a statement released by Kensington Palace after the event today. “We must inspire in the next generation the optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to chase those solutions and to continue building a more sustainable future. We know that young children already identify the climate as one of their biggest worries, and Generation Earthshot aims to educate and encourage them that together we can find the answers.”

London major Sadiq Khan said it was “inspirational” to see William “lead on this really important agenda.” “The wonderful thing about today was how the Duke and Duchess treated young people with the respect, letting them come up with the ideas,” he said. Alison Bellwood, Director of World’s Largest Lesson in collaboration with the Earthshot Prize, said, “Education for climate and the environment has to be part of the solution.”

A wrap up video from the engagement.

Kew Gardens house the "largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world". Founded in 1840 on the incredible garden at Kew Park, the history of the area is sprinkled with royal connections. In 1759, Princess Augusta, mother of King George III and dowager Princess of Wales, founded a nine-acre botanic garden within the pleasure grounds at Kew. Augusta extended the garden and played an integral role in the origins. King George III united the Richmond and Kew estates in 1802. Less than four decades later, Kew transferred from the Crown to the government, and the gardens were opened to the public.

In 1987, Kew's third major conservatory, designed by architect Gordon Wilson, was officially opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in commemoration of her predecessor, Augusta's, links with Kew.

The conservatory received the Europa Nostra award for conservation. The history and associations will be of particular interest to Kate as a future princess of Wales.

An overview of the Palm House and Parterre.


The striking Heliconia rostrata (also known as Hanging Lobster Claw).


Vibrant bursts of yellow and orange (Tagetes erecta 'Marvel Yellow' and Tagetes erecta 'Marvel Orange') in the Waterlily House.

The Duchess sported the familiar green Erdem Allie coat today.

Kate debuted the piece during a tour of New Zealand in 2014 -- specifically, on a day in the Waikato region of the North Island. I remember the Duchess received several compliments from well-wishers, replying she "liked it", and adding William thought it a "bit bright". Kate wore it again for the start of the Tour de France in July 2014...

...and most recently for engagements in London focused on suicide prevention in 2016.


The flawlessly cut, bright grass-green, knee-length coat features a tab-detailed waist and, true to form, the designer used his love of floral prints -- this time on the silk lining. The wool crepe garment has a classic cut and sharp tailoring.

Kate's green knit top is a past season piece (a great spot by Innominate93). 


Middleton Maven shared the Boden Cashmere Knitted Top as a good Repli-Kate. The Duchess recently wore the piece in smoky quartz. 






Kate wore a pair of trousers I don't believe we've previously seen. 

A refresher on upcoming engagements announced for the Duchess.

17 October - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London. Kate will present an award.

19 October - The Duchess of Cambridge will deliver the keynote speech at an event hosted by the Forward Trust to launch the charity’s 'Taking Action on Addiction' campaign.

1-5 November - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Glasgow for COP26 events and the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The exact schedule is yet to be announced.

I'm looking forward to hearing the itinerary for COP26 in Glasgow and engagements focused on climate change.

31 comments:

  1. HRH in green like your eyes, happy together to support another great cause .lovely couple.

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  2. Didn't like it first time, now is much better, Kate is finally relaxed when it comes to her style. It took her too long to start wearing suits and pants to engagements.

    DP

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  3. Earthshot is absolutely impressive. The fact that they’re not only giving money but also mentoring and partnerships to all projects selected this year is truly impactful.

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  4. Looking like an earth goddess in that beautiful emerald green!

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  5. Also did not like the dress earlier but it's very pretty opened, with the collar showing more. I even like the two greens together. Looking forward to seeing what the winning contributions are.

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  6. Always liked this coat. Interested to see how she styled it this time.

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  7. Love the coat color but really don't like the wide trousers, especially paired with the length of the coat.Very lovely to be seeing more of these two though!

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    1. I agree. The long coat with the wide legged pants make it look dowdy. I think it's probably the lighting of the picture but the color of the sweater under the coat looks so different it makes it look odd. Great event!

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  8. Hi Charlotte, can you do a blog on the duchess’ favorite plants or garden-related in general? Would love to learn more about it. Thank you!

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    1. A lovely idea for a future Kate Loves post :)

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    2. Excellent idea Anon 19:04! As an avid gardener would love to know more about Kate's garden!!!

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  9. Rebecca - Sweden13 October 2021 at 20:38

    I like how this is an outfit with (what I think is) mostly repeated things styled in a new way. Perfect choice for an event focusing on the environment. And I must say I prefer the coat in this more casual way than the previous stylings.

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    1. Rebecca, seing your comments again feels like good old time!
      I agree, a repeat is appropriate.
      And I wouldn't have recognized the coat, a clever styling.

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  10. It’s a fun, versatile coat. I like it both ways. I also really like the green top underneath worn without the coat. The Earthshot has been such an interesting & inspiring project. Looking forward to seeing it all unfold this year and in the years to come!
    Sue

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  11. The Duchess always looks beautiful in green. Interesting both she and her late Mother in law wore green for Kew Gardens. Earthshot is just another example of this couple doing their very best for Queen and Country. Im looking forward to the awards Sunday night... And seeing the winners. S. ☺

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  12. Kew Garden what a beautiful place to be in. I like her outfit but the coat is fantastic and great color.

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  13. Yeah, those wide leg pants aren’t the best silhouette. Would love to see a simple boot cut on Kate.

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  14. Well love the outfit of course hmm I love the duke of Cambridge really launch the earthshot project is such good one a really approve and appreciate these one I love the fact taking control at environment for the future our kids. And I love that he supports her husband in the syse

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  15. I love the coat. It works great worn closed as a one piece and open. I wish she wouldn`t have worn the lighter green shirt. The lighter green is bit harsh on the eye (and her in my opinion) and both greens clash. Why not wear a nice black top? It would have created a nice black backdrop for the coat and let its green really shine. nothing good to say about the pants. I guess, I just have to wait it out like the frummy, granny's curtains and dust ruffle dress phase.
    C.

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    1. Zora from Prague14 October 2021 at 21:16

      If Kate had worn a black top, she would have been all in black for the indoor part of the engagement where she took off her coat for the activities with the kids. She wanted something green both for outside and inside.

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    2. I agree Zora, the green top without the coat was perfect for the inside event, and when paired with the jacket, it made the coat the standout for the outside photo ops. Kate knows how to use her colors and these beautiful repeats were appropriate for the occasion.

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    3. I agree totally agree! The coat paired with a black top & slimmer trousers would have been great.

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  16. Always dressed right. Classy and carries herself well

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  17. Hahaha. The royal dresser must have been busy matching Kate’s green to Diana’s green. It’s one of my favorite shade of green and one I’m wearing now as I look nowhere on trend as these two women in their greens. And William and Sadiq matched too. —Peas in a pod…..

    PS: I love Kate in wide trousers. The coat perhaps is a little stiff to offset the wide trousers??

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    1. Peas in a pod...how cute! It's a beautiful shade of green and it did match Diana's green dress at Kew's Garden years ago. The photo of the greens of the women next to the suits of the men was striking. The green of Kate's top stood out as she sat at the table next to the children. Loved the whole look!

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  18. I love that they are highlighting all of the finalists before announcing winners. Here's hoping that investors around the world decide that some of the finalist projects are also worthy and fund some additional projects. That would be wonderful.

    Border Terrier lover

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    1. Non winners will be given mentoring and partnerships so all of them will win. It’s an amazing project

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  19. Becca in Colorado15 October 2021 at 21:46

    Wide leg trousers are so on trend right now, as is that bright green. I just wish that she would've chosen a different colored sweater for underneath. The two greens work alright together, but they're a bit on the nose for me and make me think of St. Patrick's Day. A neutral would've been lovely underneath. Still, it's nice seeing Kate embrace separates.

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  20. Sarah from California16 October 2021 at 00:47

    Love it!!!! Well done William and Kate!

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