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‘Ideal couple’ William and Kate’s ‘tremendous popularity’ enhanced with Earthshot Prize

Prince William: Lorraine and Russell Myers praise Earthshot prize

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, shone yesterday as they stepped out onto the green carpet for the award of the first ever Earthshot Prizes in London. William looked dapper in a green velvet blazer, while Kate dazzled in a recycled silver-white Alexander McQueen gown. Guests had been asked to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit”. The star-studded awards ceremony, held at Alexandra Palace, recognises the achievements of people battling against the world’s environmental problems.

In a pre-recorded message for the ceremony, William said the next decade would be “decisive” for the planet.

Kate was among those to hand out the five £1 million awards, alongside celebrities including Emma Watson and Emma Thompson. 

Royal historian Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that William and Kate’s popularity is in part down to them championing issues they care about, such as with the Earthshot Prize.

The royal commentator and film critic said: “There is a tremendous popularity that he has with Catherine.

“The two are an ideal couple, and also they’ve taken on certain specific charities.

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“William, I’m thinking of the Earthshot Prize for the environment, I’m thinking of mental health.

“Catherine too, her work for young children and so forth has been most impressive, her studies that really are significant.”

The Cambridges have managed to remain in the public consciousness throughout the pandemic as they have conducted a string of engagements over the last 18 months.

Their visits have included meeting with various charities, frontline workers and those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Their consistent presence in public also appears to have kept them among the public’s favourite senior members of the Royal Family.

William and Kate are the third and fourth most popular members of the Firm respectively, according to the YouGov popularity rankings for the third quarter of 2021.

The poll of millions of adults in Britain puts William’s grandparents – the Queen and the late Prince Philip – as the first and second most popular royals.

Through the Earthshot Prize, William is continuing Philip’s recognised legacy of caring for the environment.

The Duke of Cambridge launched the prize last year, and it will now be awarded annually over the next decade.

Among the winners on Sunday were the Republic of Costa Rica for its tree conservation efforts and a project run by two friends to restore coral reefs in the Bahamas.

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In his pre-recorded video, William said: “We are alive in the most consequential time in human history.

“The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.

“A decade doesn’t seem long, but humankind has an outstanding record of being able to solve the unsolvable.

“The future is ours to determine. And if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible.”

Mr Fitzwilliams has been among those to hail the manner with which William carries himself in public.

He said: “He seems in his public appearances to have a perfect balance, he’s got the gravitas as she has as well.”

The Royal historian heaped praise on Kate, while acknowledging it may have taken her longer to settle into her position.

He said: “It’s taken her some time obviously, but I think there’s no question she’s achieved tremendous confidence in her role.

“And also, both of them have a sense of fun, certain trips you see them play games and so forth, it’s an all-round picture.”
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