Kate Middleton: Australian presenters discuss Earthshot dress
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The couple arrived in an electric Audi, Kate in a lilac Alexander McQueen dress she wore to a Bafta event in Los Angeles in 2011 and William in a green velvet jacket and polo-neck jumper. Only guests already in the UK, including Ed Sheeran and Mo Salah, were welcome at Prince William’s Earthshot Prize awards – launched to encourage innovation to combat climate change. Even the red carpet at Alexandra Palace in north London was green.
Harry Potter star Emma Watson wore a gown made of 10 dresses from Oxfam, while Emma Thompson recycled the outfit she wore when she received her damehood in 2018.
During the show, which was broadcast on BBC One, William and Kate clapped along with the music – the electricity for Coldplay’s set was powered by people on bicycles – and the duke gave a thumbs-up to footballer Dani Alves.
William, who revealed next year’s awards will be in the US, said: “This is the decisive decade. Time is running out.”
With the help of backers, he will hand out five prizes of £1million in each of the next 10 years to the best ideas on saving the planet.
Last night the first five went to Costa Rica’s project to pay people to protect forests; Takachar, an Indian venture that converts crop residues into fuel and fertiliser; Coral Vita, a Bahamas-based scheme to grow coral reef; Milan’s project to collect waste food from supermarkets and distribute it to charities; and the AEM Electrolyser, a green hydrogen enterprise developed in Thailand, Germany and Italy that dramatically cuts use of fossil fuels.
Presenting the award to Costa Rica, Kate said: “If we don’t act now, we will destabilise our planet and we will rob our children of the future they deserve.”
William said: “I want to say something to the young… for too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future, the Earthshot is for you. Please keep demanding change, don’t give up hope.”
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