The queen says ‘none of us will live forever’, praises Prince Philip in COP26 video message

The Queen has called on world leaders at the COP26 climate summit to “rise above” politics and “recognize that the time for words has now moved to the time for action.”

In a video message, the 95-year-old politician called for creating a “safer, more stable future” for the planet and paid tribute to his “dear deceased husband, Prince Philip.”

“It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William.

“I could not be more proud of them.”

The queen paid tribute to her
The Queen paid tribute to her “dear deceased husband” in the surprisingly personal speech. Credit: The Royal family

The 95-year-old said “the impact of the environment on human progress was an issue close to the heart” of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The royal died in April at the age of 99 after more than 70 years married to the queen.

Her Majesty had been scheduled to attend the UN conference in Glasgow, but had to resign at the last minute due to a health scare.

She instead recorded her address last week at Windsor Castle after being advised to rest for fourteen days by royal doctors.

Prince Philip was a big supporter of environmental causes before his death.
Prince Philip was a big supporter of environmental causes before his death. Credit: Getty pictures

In the clip, the queen said she drew “great comfort and inspiration from the relentless enthusiasm of people of all ages – especially the young – by encouraging everyone to play their part”.

“In the coming days, the world has the chance to join the common goal of creating a more secure and stable future for our people and for the planet on which we depend.

“None of us underestimates the challenges ahead: but history has shown that when nations meet in common cause, there is always room for hope.”

Participants see a video message from Queen Elizabeth on the opening day of COP26.
Participants see a video message from Queen Elizabeth on the opening day of COP26. Credit: Getty pictures

She added: “It is the hope of many that the legacy of this summit – written in history books not yet printed – will describe you as the leaders who did not leave the opportunity; and that you responded to the call of these future generations.

“That you left this conference as a community of nations with a determination, a desire and a plan to address the impact of climate change; and to recognize that the time for words has now moved to the time for action.”

“Of course, the benefits of such actions will not be there for all of us here today: none of us will live forever. But we do not do it for ourselves, but for our children and our children’s children and those who will follow in their footsteps. “

Prince Charles, Camilla and William all attend the COP26 event on behalf of the Royal Family.

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