Queen ElizabethShe spoke affectionately about her husband. Prince Philip, his concern for the planet, while he delivered a virtual address to a reception at Monday’s United Nations climate conference, COP26.
The pre-recorded speech marked the queen’s first address since her hospitalization two weeks ago.
“The impact of the environment on human progress was a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband,” she said, referencing a comment the Duke of Edinburgh made about climate change in 1969.
“It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William,” the sovereign added. “I could not be more proud of them.”
“Indeed, I have drawn great comfort and inspiration from the relentless enthusiasm of people of all ages ― especially the young ― in calling for everyone to play their part,” she said.
The queen added, “None of us underestimates the challenges ahead: but history has shown that when nations come together in common cause, there is always room for hope. Working side by side, we have the ability to solve the most insurmountable problems and to triumph over the greatest of adversities.”
“I, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship.”
The original plan was for the queen to make her remarks live, but she changed her mind. was canceledAfter a two-week-old health crisis that saw her admitted to the hospital, she was released from bed. “preliminary investigations.”
“Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement announcing the queen’s decision not to travel.
Later, the palace stated that the 95-year old had died. would continue to restThe next two week will be her last virtual appearance before attending her first public engagement, which is scheduled for Nov. 14, at the National Service of Remembrance.
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