As Prince WilliamWhile his family continues to mourn Queen Elizabeth II’s death, he will not be making his planned trip across the pond for the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.
The address that the Prince of Wales, 40 years old, had previously been scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st in New York City was a kickoff to this year’s annual awards ceremony. The event falls within the country’s extended period of mourning, which William’s father, King Charles III, had expanded for an additional week after the queen’s death.
While the newly appointed Duke of Cornwall has yet to further address his absence from the summit, the Earthshot PrizeAnd Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the summit’s confirmed speakers on Tuesday, September 13. William’s name was not included on the list. The event — which will be held at New York’s Plaza Hotel — will feature speeches from the likes of Michael R. Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Bill Gates and Matt Damon.
The former RAF pilot, underneath the leadership of the Royal Foundation, launched the environmental honors last year to help find the “most inspiring solutions to the world’s greatest challenges” for the next decade. William and Mary were present at the ceremony, which was held in London on October 20, 2021. Princess KateTogether.
William is an avid environmentalist, but he is currently mourning the death his grandmother, the long-reigning queen, after her September 8th death. She was 96.
“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” the duke wrote in an Instagram statement several days later. “So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.”
William continued: “I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of the queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. … She was by my side at my happiest moments and she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”
The Duke of Cambridge joined other members of the royal family on Wednesday, September 14, as he walked behind the queen’s casket from her previous residence at Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she is lying in state for four days ahead of her funeral. William marched with his father, aged 73, and his brother. Prince Harry. Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince EdwardAnd Peter PhillipsThe Duchess of Cornwall, 40, joined the group on foot. Queen Consort Camilla, Meghan Markle, Sophie, Countess Of Wessex, then followed the procession in a car.
William, Kate and the rest of their royal family members will further honor the queen’s legacy during her state funeral on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey.