William pays tribute to Queen’s optimism in Jubilee concert speech
The Duke of Cambridge hailed the Platinum Jubilee concert as full of “optimism and joy” as he praised the Queen for her “hope” for the future of the planet.
William paid tribute to his grandmother’s positive attitude during a Platinum Party segment at the Palace dedicated to the environment and featuring Sir David Attenborough.
He echoed the Queen’s words during her speech at the UN’s Cop26 summit on climate change, when she said working together for a ‘common cause’ always gave hope.
The Duke highlighted the efforts of ‘visionary conservationists’ and then named broadcaster and naturalist Sir David and spoke of the pride he felt for ‘my grandfather and my father’, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, who defended nature. world.
Speaking on stage to thousands gathered in the mall, William said: “I sincerely hope that my grandmother’s words will be as true in 70 years as they are tonight, as in As nations, we come together for a common cause, because there will always be room for hope.
“Tonight has been full of optimism and joy – and there is hope. Together, if we harness the best in humanity and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren. and for future generations.
Before the Duke spoke, a pre-recorded message from Sir David was played featuring spectacular images of the planet with the Hans Zimmer Orchestra playing a version of the Planet Earth II suite while dancers from the Royal Ballet performed.
Crowds heard archival recordings of the Queen speaking about the future of the planet in 1989 during her Christmas message: “The future of all life on earth depends on how we treat each other others and how we treat the plants and animals that share our world. with us.”
And an excerpt from the monarch’s video message speech to Cop26: “None of us underestimate the challenge ahead, but history has shown that when nations come together for a common cause, there is always room for hope”.
William said it was ‘great to see Buckingham Palace transformed into a giant Imax screen’ after video and audio of the Cop26 message was projected onto the London landmark alongside images of Philip and Charles .
He went on to say, “Although no one’s grandmother thanks them for talking about their age, my own grandmother has been alive for almost a century. In this era, mankind has benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific breakthroughs.
“And while these breakthroughs have increased our awareness of the impact humans are having on our world, our planet has become more fragile.”
He added that the need to protect the planet had “never been more urgent”, but like the Queen “I am an optimist”.