The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to attend a diplomatic reception during the the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow
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Britain will ‘pull out all the stops’ at the upcoming Cop26 climate conference in Scotland.
The Queen and senior members of the royal family will attend a series of events during the UN Climate Change conference.
Glasgow is hosting the global summit and the Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will carry out royal engagements from November 1 to 5.
The Queen will reportedly attend a diplomatic reception, with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and son and daughter-in-law William and Kate set to join her.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles are expected to deliver speeches at the conference and hold discussions with world leaders, the Daily Telegraph reports.
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Bob Ward, spokesman for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, told the Daily Telegraph: “Prince Charles, and increasingly Prince William, have shown a particular interest in this area.
“Prince Charles is definitely recognised around the world as a deep thinker on these issues, and having a track record of having been interested in this for a long, long time.
“So it’s not just the symbolism – they are people of substance on these issues.”
Mr Ward added that he thought the ‘strong showing’ from the royal family was ‘entirely helpful’ as it showed the UK was serious about climate change.
Gareth Redmond-King, of the UK’s not-for-profit Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, said the presence of the royal family at the event showed the UK was ‘pulling out all the diplomatic stops’.
He added that Britain is doing everything it can to ensure countries leave the conference with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming to 1.5C within reach.
Prince Charles is a long-standing environmental campaigner and has been joined in recent years by his son William, who has established the Earthshot Prize – an award recognising innovations that “repair” the planet.
Winners of the award, a 10-year project with a total prize fund of £50 million, will be announced later this month.
The Glasgow conference has been billed as crucial to delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement which, when it was agreed in 2015, recognised countries needed to significantly increase action to cut greenhouse gases.
But the while the gap between meeting the temperature goals, intended to stave off the most dangerous impacts of global warming, and action has reduced since Paris, it is not set to be closed by next month’s summit.