In tribute to Prince Philip, “my dear late husband,” the Queen said she was happy to welcome the delegates as the environment was a matter close to her heart. In a rare public display of emotion, she said she “couldn’t be prouder” that Philip’s environmental efforts are carried on through the work of their eldest son Prince Charles and son Prince William .
The monarch, who has reigned for 70 years, closed with a poignant speech on future generations.
“Of course, the benefits of such actions will not be there for all of us here today: none of us will live forever,” she said. “But we are not doing it for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children, and those who will follow in their footsteps.”
The Queen has long enjoyed solid health, but her health recently made headlines after reluctantly accepting medical advice to reduce her busy schedule and stick to ‘office duties’ and court hearings. virtual for two weeks.
At the end of October, she canceled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland, but palace officials said it was her “firm intention” to attend Remembrance Sunday ceremonies on November 14, a major event on the calendar. of the sovereign.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen spent the night in a central London hospital last week for “preliminary inquiries”, during her first hospital stay in eight years.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday the Queen “is in very good shape” at their regular weekly meeting.
Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press