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Prince William and Kate will visit the United States for a climate change award.

In their first international trip since becoming Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine will visit the US this week for an environmental prize.

The royal couple will show their support for finding ways to tackle climate change, at the second annual Earth shot Prize awards in Boston.

Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding, and Chloe x Halle are among the performers taking part.

Environmental campaigner Sir David Attenborough will also be contributing.

The awards were launched by Prince William last year and the three-day trip to Boston will be his first big international appearance since becoming Prince of Wales.

Prince William and Kate will visit the United States for a climate change award.
Prince William and Kate will visit the United States for a climate change award.

As well as the prize ceremony on Friday, Prince William and Catherine will be on show in front of the US public, which in recent months will have seen much coverage of the Royal Family, ranging from the Queen’s funeral to the Netflix drama The Crown, to stories about Prince Harry and Meghan.

Prince William will be seen as taking on the environmental mantle from his father, King Charles. But he will also be setting out his own stall, showing how much he wants to engage in green issues.

He will want to move the US royal coverage away from the gossip pages and on to more serious matters, using the days before the award to visit projects for the disadvantaged in Boston and to see green technology schemes.

According to Prince William, the planet is at a “tipping point,” and the awards are meant to encourage creative approaches to minimizing environmental harm.

Presenters of the televised award presentation include Rami Malek, Catherine O’Hara, Shailene Woodley, Clara Amfo, and Daniel Dae Kim. It will be a blend of good causes and show business.

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Prince William and Kate will visit the United States for a climate change award.
Prince William and Kate will visit the United States for a climate change award.

The event will have an emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and a global perspective. There are five prizes for creative environmental projects, each award worth £1 million.

The Earth shot name for the rewards is a reference to US President John F. Kennedy’s “Moonshot” aspiration from a speech in 1962, and it aims to recreate some of the optimism of the young president’s time.

In this decade, President Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the Moon and achieve the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard because that aim will serve to organize and quantify the best of our energies and skills.”

The award will be presented this year in Boston, the home of President Kennedy, and in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation of the city.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are a second royal pair involved in a US competition involving the Kennedys.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation, established in memory of the former president’s brother, a US senator who was slain in 1968, will present them with a prize in New York the following week.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are reportedly entirely focused on their own awards this week, which makes it unlikely that the couples would really meet in the US.

source: summarybio.com