Queen Rania pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s ‘sense of duty’ and ‘resilience’


NEW YORK – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Queen Rania of Jordan paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at Prince William’s Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit on Wednesday, two days after attending the late state funeral monarch at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen was “someone who was focused, committed and demonstrated what can be achieved when you show courage and longevity,” Ardern said at the launch event for this year’s Earthshot Prize Awards, which will take held on December 2 in Boston.

“We need all of these same characteristics to meet all the environmental challenges ahead of us,” Ardern added.

The Prince of Wales launched the Environmental Awards in 2020, aiming to promote and fund solutions to help the planet over the next decade.

He did not attend this year’s summit following the death of his grandmother, as the period of royal mourning extends until next week.

Ardern said she was “humbled” to be asked to speak on behalf of the prince.

“I am an exceptionally poor replacement” for the prince, Ardern said, adding that he would join the summit via virtual message. “But we all understand the need for His Royal Highness to be with his family at this time.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her husband Clarke Gayford attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19.

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Queen Rania, a member of the Earthshot Prize Council, began her speech on Wednesday by thanking William “for his leadership and vision, which he was always committed to carrying out, as did his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth “.

“She has set the bar incredibly high with her deep sense of duty and resilience,” the Queen of Jordan said. “May she rest in eternal peace.”

Queen Elizabeth II, Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan, Queen Rania and King Abdullah II, and Princess Anne during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in 2019.
Queen Elizabeth II, Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan, Queen Rania and King Abdullah II, and Princess Anne during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in 2019.

The Prince of Wales will travel to Boston later this year for the 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards. Earthshot Prize CEO Hannah Jones told HuffPost that people can expect entertainment and inspiration at the award ceremony. December prices. Last year, the show featured performances from Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, Nigerian singer Yemi Alade and English rapper KSI.

“Above all, you’re going to see solutions that will fire your imagination and really make you feel the urgency and optimism that we have within our reach for change to happen,” Jones said in an interview at the Plaza Hotel. , adding that Earthshot really aims to “be the antidote to climate anxiety”.

“We want people to realize that yes, we all have to be worried. There is a climate crisis and there are so many really difficult issues happening in the world right now,” she said. “But there’s a whole movement out there that we don’t see yet of people who are dedicating their lives, their thinking and their talent to solving the world’s problems and finding solutions.”

Jones said she hopes this year’s awards program “inspires everyone and rekindles that American spirit of making the seemingly impossible possible.”

Earthshot Prize CEO Hannah Jones speaks on stage at the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.  The summit was co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Earthshot Prize CEO Hannah Jones speaks on stage at the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit. The summit was co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Jones said the initiative “couldn’t be more thrilled” to have the awards ceremony in Boston this year, given the “great inspiration” Earthshot drew from President John F. Kennedy. , born in the Boston area.

“It’s the 60th anniversary, as you know, of ‘Moonshot,'” she said. “And that was really a big inspiration to Prince William when he founded the Earthshot Prize, which was to try to inspire what President Kennedy inspired in the American people.”

The former president unleashed “a wave of innovation that would not only land a man on the moon and bring him safely home, but would actually change economic and social progress for good, but also the state of spirit that went with it,” Jones said.




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