The Prince of Wales makes first public statement since the Queen's passing

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The Prince of Wales has announced that he and the Princess of Wales will be heading to Boston in his first public statement following the Queen's passing.

The royal couple have taken a break from public engagements as they mourn the death of Her Majesty, who died on 8 September 2022.

In a new video on the Earthshot Prize YouTube page, William confirmed that they will be travelling to the US to attend the second Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on 2 December. The inaugural awards ceremony was held in October last year at the Royal Albert Hall.

In the message played at the Earthshot Prize innovation summit in New York, the royal said: "Though it is the saddest of circumstances that means I cannot join you in person today, I am pleased to be able to join you in video form as you gather in New York for the Earthshot Prize innovation summit."

Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

He continued: "During this time of grief, I take great comfort in your continued enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to the Earthshot Prize and what we are trying to achieve.

"Protecting the environment was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart. And I know she would have been delighted to hear about this event and the support you're all giving our Earthshot finalists, the next generation of environmental pioneers."

Prince William and and the Royal Foundation founded the environmental initiative in 2020, which aims to bring together experts to conceptualise concrete plans to tackle our world's most pressing environmental matters. The global prize will spend the next decade annually awarding five, one million-pound prizes to scientists, activists, and organisations around the world.

The royal couple had to delay their trip to Boston following the Queen's death. The last time William and the Duchess of Cambridge made a Stateside visit was in 2014 with a trip to New York, according to People.

The royal family are observing a mourning period of seven days since the monarch's funeral, which was held on Monday 19 September.

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