The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to the Queen – and environmental activists around the world – in speeches at a concert at Buckingham Palace.
Speaking on the third day of the four-day celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee on the BBC Platinum Party at the PalacePrince Charles began his address, “Your Majesty, Mom.”
Thanking the queen for “life’s selfless service”, he told her during the television concert: “You continue to make history.”
Commenting on her absence from the celebration, after it was said that she experienced “some discomfort” during the paint poisoning on Thursday, he said: “Maybe we celebrated that derby winner tonight … next year maybe?”
“But,” he added, addressing the audience, “I know that what excites my mother in the morning is all of you – watching at home. Represented here tonight in this great audience. ”
The late Prince Philip, the Queen’s “strength and stay”, said he missed it a lot tonight, but I’m sure he’s here in spirit… My dad would enjoy the show and join us wholeheartedly in celebrating everything you continue to do for their country and their people. ”
“Your Majesty, you have been with us in our difficult times. And you bring us together to celebrate moments of pride, joy and happiness, “he added.
“You met us and talked to us. You laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us, these 70 years. You promised to serve your whole life – you keep giving. That’s why we’re here. “
He spoke about the background to the screenings, supposedly chosen by Charles himself, about a queen from historical moments – including Nelson Mandela’s 1996 state visit and a handshake with Martin McGuinness, a former 2012 Northern Ireland Deputy Prime Minister.
Earlier in the night, William called for urgent action to save the planet.
He paid tribute to the work of his father and grandfather in the field of environmental protection, broadcaster David Attenborough, environmentalists Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathai and Sunita Narain, and “an amazing and united generation of young people around the world.”
“I congratulate all of them – they will not accept the status quo, they will not accept that change is too difficult to achieve. “We have never had so much power to change big things before,” he said.
His grandmother, as he said, has been alive for almost a century. “At that time, humanity benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific discoveries,” he added.
“And although these discoveries have increased our awareness of the impact people have on our world, our planet has become more fragile.
“Today, 2022 – as the Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee – the urgent need to protect and rebuild our planet has never been more urgent.”
But, like the Queen, he said, “I am an optimist.”
“There was a lot of optimism and joy tonight – and there is hope. Together, if we make the most of humanity and rebuild our planet, we will protect it for our children, our grandchildren and future generations. ”
His speech followed a performance by Hans Zimmer and an orchestra of a revamped version of Planet Earth II, a performance of the Royal Ballet and a recording of the Queen talking about the planet during her 1989 Christmas message and at Cop26 last year.
This was followed by Celeste’s performance with Zimmer from What a Wonderful World.