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Prince William and Kate Middleton travel to Boston.
After previously announcing that the second Earthshot Prize ceremony would take place in the United States, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge confirmed on Wednesday that they would be visiting the Massachusetts capital in December.
“In 2022, we’re back and bringing Earthshot to the United States, where we’ll be honoring the next five award winners,” William said in a video on Twitter.
The video then cuts to Xander Bogaerts All-Star of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
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“And we’ll do it right here in Boston,” added the 29-year-old.
In a statement, the royal couple revealed they would celebrate the “inspiring” city for its work in tackling the impacts of climate change and building a resilient future. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation will serve as host partner alongside Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston.
The couple were last seen in the United States in 2014 when they visited New York. Their first visit together came shortly after their royal wedding in 2011, when they traveled to Los Angeles.
William, 40, created the Global Environment Awards in 2020 after being inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 10-year goal of landing on the moon, also known as Moonshot. The awards aim to highlight impactful approaches to global environmental challenges. This year’s ceremony also coincides with the anniversary of the moon landing.
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“There is no Moonshot more important today than fixing the planet and no better place to harness the Moonshot spirit than the city of Boston,” Caroline Kennedy said in a press release, quoted by People magazine. “It is a great tribute to President Kennedy that the Earthshot Prize is partnering with the JFK Library Foundation to host the 2022 ceremony in Boston and inspire a new generation with the possibility of a sustainable future.”
According to the outlet, the Earthshot Prize is an independent charity outside of the couple’s Royal Foundation. William is president.
“The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated,” William told the outlet in October. “But through the Earthshot Prize, I want to show people around the world why there is reason for hope.”
“Seeing the incredible solutions that have been developed by the first award winners – and all of our finalists – shows us that the answers are out there,” he shared. “By recognizing these efforts and supporting and evolving them to be the best they can be, we can inspire confidence that a healthier, more sustainable future is within our reach.”
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For the first Earthshot Awards in October, five winners were announced, each in five different categories: Protecting and Restoring Nature, Purifying Our Air, Reviving Our Oceans, Building a Waste-Free World, and Fixing Our Climate.
William is second in line to the British throne. Her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, gradually gave her and her father, Prince Charles, more responsibility. William and Middleton, 40, are known to support charities that raise awareness about mental health, homelessness and childhood development, among others.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.