Queen welcomes billionaires and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle
The Queen hosted billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs at Windsor Castle for a reception following a government investment summit.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was among the guests at the Queen’s Berkshire home after the one-day conference in London aimed at encouraging foreign funding by showcasing the best of British innovation.
The Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge at the reception and met some of the most important figures in the castle’s leafy living room before the royal family more widely mingled.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was supposed to be introduced first, but he appeared after the Queen started welcoming her guests and took his place at the end of the line.
In a foreword to the official Global Investment Summit brochure, the Queen said she was “proud” of the way the UK is heading towards a sustainable future, but “there is still a long way to go”.
The head of state also urged nations to “rise to the challenge” and avoid problems related to climate change.
US climate envoy John Kerry, Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of cybersecurity firm Darktrace, and Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, were among those who met with senior royals. .
The Queen, Charles and William warmly greeted business leaders and members of the government, including Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
The royals were joined by The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent.
Glass in hand, Charles and William chatted with guests in the lavish surroundings of St George’s Hall in the castle.
In her foreword, the Queen described how the fight against the pandemic had inspired scientific breakthroughs and how innovation in the UK often stems from ‘teamwork against adversity’ such as Alan Turing’s efforts. and his colleagues during WWII to break the Enigma Code of the Nazi regime.
She added: “The challenge today, however, is not to break a code. It is working together across the world to avoid the challenges of climate change. It is our shared responsibility, with those of government, business and civil society, to rise to this challenge.
“I am proud of the way the UK seeks to secure a sustainable future, but there is still a long way to go.
“This summit is not only a showcase, but an opportunity to come together and, in a generous spirit of collaboration, to forge new partnerships.
The Queen’s comments and come after the monarch appeared to suggest last week that she was irritated by the lack of action in the fight against climate change.
In an exchange overheard after the opening of Welsh Senedd, she appeared to express her exasperation just weeks before world leaders gathered in Glasgow for the UN climate change conference Cop26.