The Prince and Princess of Wales touched down in the capital of Massachusetts on Wednesday for their three-day visit to the U.S. For their first official event of the trip, the royal couple appeared at Boston City Hall alongside Mayor Michelle Wu to start the countdown to the second annual Prêmio Earthshot Awards ceremony on Friday by lighting Boston City Hall and landmarks across the city green.
Príncipe William, Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond each gave short remarks ahead of the lighting ceremony.
As he took the stage, William told the excited crowd gathered outside Boston City Hall, “Thank you to Mayor Wu and thank you to all the hardy Bostonians braving the rain!”
“There are two reasons why Boston was the obvious choice to be the home of the Earthshot Prize in its second year,” Ele continuou. “Sixty years ago, Presidente John F. Kennedy’s “Moonshot” speech laid down a challenge to American innovation and ingenuity. ‘We choose to go to the moon,’ ele disse, ‘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. And where better to hold this year’s Awards Ceremony than in President Kennedy’s hometown, in partnership with his daughter and the Foundation that continues his legacy.
“Boston was also the obvious choice because your universities, research centers and vibrant start-up scene make you a global leader in science, innovation and boundless ambition. Mayor Wu, you have also been a leader in putting climate policies at the heart of your Administration. Obrigado.
“Like President Kennedy, Catherine and I firmly believe that we all have it in ourselves to achieve great things, and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.”
Earlier in the visit, William and Kate met Mayor Wu’s husband Connor Pewarski and their sons Blaise and Cass during a brief audience in the mayor’s office.
The heir to the throne thanked Wu and the people of Boston for supporting the Earthshot Prize Awards.
“Thank you so much for your help,” ele disse. “I think people are excited about the awards.”
Kate e Príncipe William‘s visit to Boston is significant for a number of reasons: not only is it the first time Príncipe William has brought his Earthshot Prize Awards overseas, but it marks their first international royal visit since becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales Segue rainha Elizabeth‘s death in September.
It is also their first visit to the U.S. Desde a 2014 when they spent time in New York City. The couple also visited Los Angeles shortly after their 2011 Casamento.
Príncipe William refers to the Earthshot Prize Awards as his attempt to provide some urgent optimism about tackling environmental issues and climate change. William e Kate, Ambas 40, estão “excited to be able to bring that to the United States and inspire people stateside and around the world through the incredible stories we are going to tell,” uma fonte disse à PEOPLE.
Enquanto os membros das forças armadas e outros funcionários públicos os recebem, “The prize has become the Prince’s Superbowl moment of the year, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform each year to shine a light on some of the most impactful projects doing amazing things around the world to save our planet’s future.”
Príncipe William revealed they would be heading to the city of Boston back in July — fittingly, on the 53rd anniversary of the moon landing. Inspirado por Presidente John F. KennedyO famoso objetivo de 10 anos de pousar na lua (conhecido como Moonshot), o Prêmio Earthshot visa promover abordagens impactantes para os desafios ambientais mais prementes do mundo.
To promote their environmental mission, the couple will travel in a hybrid Range Rover during their visit. They will also be keeping sustainability in mind when it comes to their style and the details around the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony.
“We have asked everyone who is coming [to the Earthshot Prize Awards] to think about their clothing and think about how it can be reused, recycled or have a sustainable element to it,” says Hannah Jones, CEO of the Earthshot Prize.
“Considerable amount of attention has gone into the show,” Jones says, adding that the ceremony will feature three acres of plants, including New England-grown mixed evergreen and deciduous trees, on the green carpet and at the show.
All the flowers have been grown within 100 miles of the MGM Music Hall and will be donated to local community-based organizations after the show. The green carpet is the same one that was used at last year’s show 2021 and will be recycled after the event. All energy use is being monitored and there is no single-use plastics.
Ahead of Friday’s glamorous awards ceremony, Príncipe William and Kate will also visit organizations working to support causes close to their hearts. Na quinta feira, they’ll tour Greentown Labs to learn more about the climate-related challenges that Boston faces, followed by a visit to Roca, a non-profit organization working to bring public systems together in a cohesive approach to change the trajectory of the lives of high-risk young people.
Na sexta, Kate will visit Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child to learn about the scientific advances that can inform her work tied to improving the early years of a child’s life. Enquanto isso, Príncipe William will tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, sua filha.