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‘I saw you on the telly!’ Queen recognises John Kerry from Prince ‘William’s Earthshot prize thing’

The Queen was in high spirits last night as she told US climate envoy John Kerry she ‘saw him on the telly’ during Prince William’s ‘Earthshot Prize thing’ at a reception last night.

The monarch, 95,  welcomed billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle for a lavish reception following a Government investment summit on Tuesday.

Among the guests invited to the Queen’s Berkshire home after the day-long conference in London was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who could be seen leaning forward to shake the monarch’s hand, as well as Kerry.

During a line-up, Her Majesty could be heard telling the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate: ‘I saw you on the telly the other night doing William’s Earthshot Prize thing.’ 

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, hosted his first ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on Sunday night, with Kerry appearing in a video message during the event.  

The Queen was in high spirits last night as she told US climate envoy John Kerry she ‘saw him on the telly’ during Prince William’s ‘Earthshot Prize thing’ at a reception last night

Prince William hosted his first ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on Sunday night, with Kerry appearing in a video message during the event

Prince William hosted his first ever Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on Sunday night, with Kerry appearing in a video message during the event 

Prince William’s first Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony was televised to viewers across the UK on BBC1 on Sunday night. 

William, who created the Earthshot Prize with the Royal Foundation, closed the event by announcing that the following year’s Earthshot event would be held in the United States – where his brother Prince Harry lives with Meghan Markle.

The Prince then introduced Kerry, who appeared by video message, saying: ‘The finalists and winners that we recognize this evening remind us that we do have an incredible ability to turn the improbable into reality if we work together.’ 

During last night’s event, the Queen, who looked effortlessly chic in a matching turquoise co-ord with floral detail, completed her outfit with a pair of trusted patent black shoes, dangling pearl earrings and three-strand pearl necklace.

During a line-up, Her Majesty could be heard telling the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate she had seen him 'doing William's Earthshot Prize thing'

During a line-up, Her Majesty could be heard telling the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate she had seen him 'doing William's Earthshot Prize thing'

During a line-up, Her Majesty could be heard telling the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate she had seen him ‘doing William’s Earthshot Prize thing’

Among the guests invited to the Queen's Berkshire home after the day-long conference in London was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates , who could be seen leaning forward to shake the monarch's hand, as well as Kerry

Among the guests invited to the Queen’s Berkshire home after the day-long conference in London was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates , who could be seen leaning forward to shake the monarch’s hand, as well as Kerry

The monarch also sported the historic Cullinan V brooch which features a heart-shaped central stone – and is the same silver diamond brooch she wore in a photograph released to mark late Prince Philip’s 99th birthday in 2020. 

She could be seen beaming up at Kerry after shaking his hand during the event, before the two exchanged a few words about the Earthshot Prize.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, who were also in attendance, were suited and booted as they met some of the leading figures in the castle’s green drawing room before mingling more widely.

US climate envoy Kerry, Poppy Gustafsson, chief executive officer of cyber security firm Darktrace, and Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, were among those who met the senior royals.

The Queen put on a stylish display as she welcomed billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle for a lavish reception following a Government investment summit. Pictured, greeting Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates

The Queen put on a stylish display as she welcomed billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle for a lavish reception following a Government investment summit. Pictured, greeting Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates

The Prime Minister and the Queen exchanged a few words as she met the guests at the lavish reception, pictured

The Prime Minister and the Queen exchanged a few words as she met the guests at the lavish reception, pictured 

The Queen, Charles and Prince William warmly welcomed the business leaders and members of the Government including Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who donned a cobalt blue ensemble, and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to be introduced first, but he appeared after the Queen began welcoming her guests and took his place at the end of the line. 

The senior royals were also joined by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Prince Michael of Kent.  

As guests mingled amongst themselves at the reception, the Queen could be seen grinning from ear-to-ear

As guests mingled amongst themselves at the reception, the Queen could be seen grinning from ear-to-ear 

In a foreword for the Global Investment Summit’s official brochure, the Queen said she was ‘proud’ of how the UK is moving towards a sustainable future but ‘there is still much more to do’.

The head of state also urged nations to ‘rise to the challenge’ and avert the problems associated with climate change. 

Her Majesty described how tackling the pandemic had inspired scientific breakthroughs and how innovation in the UK often comes from ‘teamwork against adversity’ like the Second World War efforts of Alan Turing and colleagues in breaking the Nazi regime’s Enigma Code. 

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