The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the first-ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony at the Alexandra Palace in London on October 17th. An exciting and star-studded group of internationally recognised performers, presenters and Earthshot Prize guests joined the Duke and Duchess, with the event a celebration of the natural world, focussed on turning the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism by celebrating the people and places driving change – the first-ever Earthshot Prize Finalists and Winners. The stars of the show were the five inaugural winners of The Earthshot Prize who were announced during the ceremony, which celebrates the ingenuity of all 15 Earthshot Prize finalists and their extraordinary work to tackle the challenges posed by climate change and the threats to our oceans, air, and land.
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her Alexander McQueen Gown from the BAFTA Gala in LA in 2011 with Kiki McDonough Earrings.
Created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, The Earthshot Prize has led an unprecedented global search for the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet. The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious environmental prize in history and the inaugural ceremony reflects this. A truly global event, anchored in London and connecting with finalists and winners all over the world, it will showcase the incredible global community working to repair our planet.
Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize has been inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ programme in the 1960s, which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon. The Earthshot Prize aims to incentivise change and inspire collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and ultimately repair our planet over the next ten years. The Earthshot Prize is based on five ‘Earthshot’ goals: Protect and restore nature; Fix our climate; Clean our air; Revive our oceans; Build a waste free world. Five £1 million prizes will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.
The Prince of Wales said:
“I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize. As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.”