G7: Queen to travel to Cornwall for leaders’ reception at the Eden Project
Written by Hitmix News on 11 June 2021
The Queen will travel to Cornwall on Friday to attend the G7 leaders’ reception at the Eden Project.
Her Majesty will be joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the evening gathering.
It will be the Queen’s first meeting with any foreign leader since the start of the pandemic, and a display of the Royal Family’s important diplomatic role and their influential soft power in promoting “Brand Britain”.
The evening reception for the Queen will mark the start of a busy weekend for the 95-year-old.
Image: William and Kate on a previous visit to the Eden Project in September 2016
On Saturday she will attend her official birthday parade at Windsor Castle, and on Sunday will host President Biden and the first lady for tea.
While in Cornwall the royals will also attend other events.
Kate will meet Dr Jill Biden during the day, although details of where they’ll visit are still to be released.
In a rare joint engagement, the Queen will be joined by Camilla and Kate for an event to celebrate The Big Lunch initiative. Last week, it was announced The Big Jubilee Lunch will form part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022.
Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses will meet local volunteers and thank them for their hard work during the pandemic.
And in what will be a major moment for the Prince of Wales, and a first for a G7 summit, Charles will on Friday host a reception for the G7 leaders and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency.
In a meeting with the CEOs ahead of attending the summit, the prince described it as a “potentially game-changing opportunity”.
Image: America’s special envoy for climate, John Kerry, joined Prince Charles at St James’s Palace
Prince William, who is also a passionate campaigner on environmental issues, will join his father for the reception.
It will be the first time government leaders and global business figures have met in this way to discuss how they can jointly push ahead together to encourage sustainable investment and innovation.
Ahead of the meeting, the prince met the CEOs at St James’s Palace, joined by the US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, and Alok Sharma, president of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The prince wanted to meet the business leaders ahead of the meeting to make sure they were all aligned in the concepts they want to discuss with the political leaders.
Opening the discussion, Charles said: “We do have a potentially game-changing opportunity to drive forward the partnerships between government, business and private sector finance that are of course absolutely vital if we are to win the battle to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.”
He added: “So working together, and in the closest possible partnership with governments, we can move – and actually are moving or beginning to – mountains.
“As I’m afraid I’ve been trying to say for several decades, unless we actually unlock private sector resources, innovation and finance, with the public sector setting a framework of incentives and regulation we just don’t stand a chance of solving the existential crisis we have engineered over the years.”
The CEOs have all signed up to the Prince of Wales’s Terra Carta, or Earth Charter, a set of principles designed to provide a roadmap for a green future.
Image: The prince spoke on Thursday to a group of chief executives and business leaders, including fashion designer Stella McCartney
The bosses represent sectors such as transport, banking, pharmaceuticals and fashion, and include the CEOs of Bank of America, HSBC, NatWest, AstraZeneca, and Heathrow Airport
In the past 18 months, the Prince of Wales has convened groups of business leaders to talk about what practical changes can be put in place to accelerate the push for net-zero emissions.
It includes more targeted investment in innovative green technology and more joined-up thinking between countries when it comes to setting targets in areas such as electric vehicles.
It’s hoped the ideas will make it more attractive for businesses and investors to commit to a sustainable business plan and in areas such as fashion make buying “green” products less costly for shoppers.
Sky News has launched the first daily prime time news show dedicated to climate change.
The Daily Climate Show is broadcast at 6.30pm and 9.30pm Monday to Friday on Sky News, the Sky News website and app, on YouTube and Twitter.
Hosted by Anna Jones, it follows Sky News correspondents as they investigate how global warming is changing our landscape and how we all live our lives.