Prince William delivered a heartfelt speech in tribute to his grandmother, the Queen during the Platinum Party at the Palace celebration at Buckingham Palace. He praised the Royal Family's conservation and environmental work, in a speech introduced by Sir David Attenborough.
and Prince Charles each took the stage separately at Saturday's Platinum Party at the Palace to celebrate the work Queen Elizabeth has done to save the natural world...and how long she's been doing it!
William was joined by his wife Kate Middleton and their eldest children Princess Charlotte and Prince George at the star-studded concert. Earlier in the day, the family visited Wales in celebration of the Jubilee weekend.
The Duke of Cambridge appeared during the Our Green Planet segment of the show, which opened with pre-recorded words from Sir David Attenborough and spectacular imagery of the planet.
William took the stage, opening by stating, "Good evening everyone. It's so wonderful to be here with you on this incredible night. And great to see Buckingham Palace turned into an IMAX screen!"
After noting how "proud" he was of his father Prince Charles and late grandfather Prince Philip for their conservation work spanning decades, he turned his attention to his grandmother.
"While no one's grandmother thanks them for talking about their age, my own grandmother has been alive for nearly a century," he said. "In that time, mankind has benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific breakthroughs. And although those breakthroughs have increased our awareness of the impact humans have on our world, our planet has become more fragile. Today, in 2022 — as The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee — the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent."
He then added a shared quality between them: "But like her, I am an optimist."
said it was his "firm hope that my grandmother's words are as true in seventy years' time as they are tonight that as nations we come together in common cause because then there is always room for hope."
He added, "Tonight has been full of such optimism and joy – and there is hope. Together, if we harness the very best of humankind, and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren and for future generations to come."
As he concluded his speech, Kate, George and Charlotte waved their Union Jack flags enthusiastically and the children joined in the crowd's applause.