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Kate Middleton and Prince William promote ‘Generation Earthshot’ at Kew Gardens

Kate Middleton looked elegant in green as she joined Prince William at Kew Gardens for an educational event tied to his Earthshot Prize initiative.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, dusted off an emerald Erdem coat last worn in 2016 for the outing, pairing the statement piece with a short-sleeve fitted lime green jumper and wide-leg black trousers. 

Keeping things simple, Kate wore her brunette locks loose around her shoulders and keep her accessories to a minimum. Meanwhile William looked smart in a navy suit with light blue open collar shirt.  

The couple were joined by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, TV presenter Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover as they took part in activities alongside children from The Heathlands School, Hounslow. 

The Generation Earthshot event, which takes place ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards on Sunday, was designed to encourage children to ‘generate big, bold ideas to repair the planet’. 

The duchess paired the statement piece with a fitted lime green jumper and wide-leg black trousers

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, dusted off an emerald Erdem coat last worn in 2016 for the outing, pairing the statement piece with a fitted lime green jumper and wide-leg black trousers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside children from The Heathlands School, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (right), TV presenter Steve Backshall MBE (2nd left) and Olympian Helen Glover (3rd left) during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside children from The Heathlands School, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (right), TV presenter Steve Backshall MBE (2nd left) and Olympian Helen Glover (3rd left) during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens

Taking part! The Duke Cambridge with children from The Heathlands School during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens

Taking part! The Duke Cambridge with children from The Heathlands School during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Duke and Duchess appeared in excellent spirits as they mingled with children and VIPs at the event, taking it in turns to sit down activity tables with smaller groups. 

Prince William said: ‘Education is such an important part of protecting our planet. We must inspire in the next generation the optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to chase those solutions and to continue building a more sustainable future.

‘We know that young children already identify the climate as one of their biggest worries, and Generation Earthshot aims to educate and encourage them that together we can find the answers. Children can be uniquely creative and I can’t wait to see some of the ideas that are shared with us.’

Mr Khan said: ‘It’s been great to work with the bright young leaders of our future today to develop ideas on how to address the climate and environmental crisis. 

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in south London, to take part in a Generation Earthshot event

 The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in south London, to take part in a Generation Earthshot event

Kate Middleton looked elegant in green as she joined Prince William at Kew Gardens for an educational event tied to his Earthshot Prize environmental initiative

Kate Middleton looked elegant in green as she joined Prince William at Kew Gardens for an educational event tied to his Earthshot Prize environmental initiative

‘I want London to be a zero-pollution city so that no child has to grow up in our city breathing toxic air and I’m determined that we continue to tackle the twin dangers of air pollution and the climate emergency so that we can deliver a future that’s greener, fairer and more prosperous for everyone.’ 

It is an important week for the couple, with both William and Kate expected at the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace on Sunday. 

Broadcast to a global audience via the BBC and Discovery+, the awards ceremony will celebrate the 15 incredible Finalists from around the world before awarding the first five Winners of The Earthshot Prize.

These five solutions will have the potential to respond to the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet and will each receive £1 million to help them scale up. 

The Duke and Duchess appeared in excellent spirits as they mingled with children and VIPs at the event, taking it in turns to sit down activity tables with smaller groups

The Duke and Duchess appeared in excellent spirits as they mingled with children and VIPs at the event, taking it in turns to sit down activity tables with smaller groups

The Duchess of Cambridge joined schoolchildren for activities encouraging them to think about environmental issues

The Duchess of Cambridge joined schoolchildren for activities encouraging them to think about environmental issues

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) strolled through Kew Gardens on their visit for the Generation Earthshot event

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) strolled through Kew Gardens on their visit for the Generation Earthshot event

The first Finalists of the Prize include a 14-year-old inventor from India who is working to improve air quality across India, a tiny water treatment plant from Japan that turns 98 per cent of wastewater into clean water and the country of Costa Rica for a pioneering scheme to restore the rainforest.

Recent findings from The Children’s Commissioner’s Big Ask shows that young people are concerned about the future of the planet, with 39 per cent of children asked in the UK identifying the environment as one of their main worries about the future. 

Generation Earthshot informs that interest and encourages students and their teachers around the world to generate ideas to solve the world’s greatest environmental challenges. 

It aims to unlock the potential of the next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders who will inherit our world and inspire in them the enthusiasm to develop new solutions and protect our planet.

It comes just weeks before the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow from October 31st to November 12th. 

The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. These actions include increasing the focus on climate and environmental education within school curriculums across the world.

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