During the grand finale of the Prince and Princess of Wale's trip to Boston, The Princess of Wales showed off her green credentials as her husband’s Earthshot Prize honoured environmental pioneers – by wearing a rented gown.
Kate dazzled on the green carpet with her dress of the same hue as five innovative ideas that William hopes will help repair the planet were celebrated and awarded £1 million in prize money to scale up their projects.
The event first started last year but is becoming one of the highlights of the Prince of Wales’s official calendar, this year taking place in the US city of Boston. So much so it has been dubbed the future King’s “World Cup” moment by Hannah Jones, the Earthshot Prize’s chief executive officer.
Celebrities joined the royal couple to walk the green carpet at the awards ceremony. The list of A-listers included Hollywood actor Rami Malek, former England football captain David Beckham while artists performing on the night included Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce proteges Chloe x Halle.
Malek, who presented the Fix Our Climate award, took a moment to share his own thoughts about the current crisis facing the planet while walking the carpet, saying: “This is the greatest crisis that we are facing in our lifetime and it will probably be the greatest crisis that future generations are facing as well.
“But hopefully we can lessen that challenge for them by the actions we take right now.
“The innovation, the intelligent minds that are coming together to make changes and are being rewarded by the Earthshot Prize tonight will have a massive impact on what the world will look like.”
In keeping with the message being conveyed by the award ceremony, Organisers of Earthshot implemented a number of green policies, including encouraging guests to dress sustainably by wearing vintage clothing or recycling outfits for future use and ensuring plants and flowers that had been grown locally.
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Princess Diana was even made a part of the night, as Kate choose to wear jewels originally belonging to her late mother-in-law. As for the gown, the Princess of Wales chose an emerald green Solace London dress, which was rented from the platform HURR, and glittering heels.
The awards ceremony was the last stop on the couples three-day visit to the US city. The trip did not come without drama however, as the couple were overshadowed by a race row at the Palace that saw William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey resign as a royal aide after she repeatedly questioned a prominent black British-born domestic abuse charity boss about where she “really came from”.
On top of this controversy, a trailer promoting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix docu-series was released on Thursday with royal commentators commenting on how coincidental (or not) the timing may have been.
Despite the noise surrounding the trip, the Royal couple continued on delivering their promised engagements in style.
The Prince and Princess of Wales during the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway, in Boston, Massachusetts, during which the 2022 winners will be unveiled. Picture date: Friday December 2, 2022. Kirsty O'Connor