Prince William and Kate Middleton share cute PDA photos from the Earthshot Awards

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared some intimate black and white behind-the-scenes photos from Sunday night's (17 October) inaugural Earthshot prize.

Kate Middleton can be seen placing an affectionate arm around Prince William as they enjoy a private conversation in one of the images that the royal couple posted on their official Instagram page.

Taken by royal photographer Chris Jackson, the series of pictures also feature the duke and duchess laughing together as they enter the event from behind a curtain, and William having a quiet moment backstage before appearing to introduce the awards.

The duchess looked effortlessly elegant in her lilac goddess gown by Alexander McQueen, which she wore to a BAFTA black-tie event back in summer 2011.

The caption reads: 'Behind the scenes at the first ever @EarthshotPrize Awards.'

Prince William and The Royal Foundation co-founded the Earthshot Prize, to reward people who are trying to save the planet. The global prize will spend the next 10 years annually awarding five, one million-pound prizes to scientists, activists, and organisations around the world who are working on solutions to the world's biggest environmental problems.

The duchess was on hand at the ceremony to present the prestigious prizes alongside fellow presenters Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo, and Mo Salah.

In a message to the audience, Prince William said the next 10 years will be a 'decisive decade' for the planet.

'Time is running out,' he said. 'A decade doesn't seem long enough, but humankind has an outstanding record of being able to solve the unsolvable.'

The inaugural winners were chosen from five different categories, and were selected from a shortlist of 15 by judges including broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett and singer Shakira.

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