The Prince and Princess of Wales just arrived in Boston, and have officially kicked off their three-day trip, with William paying a touching tribute to his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
The royal couple arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport following a long British Airways flight from London. They were officially greeted by Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker and Lt GovKarynPolito.
This is what Prince William said in his statement: “Catherine and I are delighted to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and The First Lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome into Boston.
“On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late Queen.
“She remembered her 1976 bicentennial visit with great fondness. My grandmother was one of life’s optimists. And so am I. That is why last year we launched the Earthshot Prize with the ambition to create a truly global platform to inspire hope and urgent optimism as we look to save the future of our planet.
“To the people of Boston, thank you. I’m so grateful to you for allowing us to host the second year of the Earthshot Prize in your great city. Catherine and I can’t wait to meet many of you in the days ahead.”
Keeping in with the environmentally-friendly theme of their visit for the Earthshot Prize, the royal couple travelled commercial and will be driven around in a hybrid Range Rover throughout their visit.
They are also joined by a modest entourage, including only two private secretaries, two assistant private secretaries and staff from their communications team.
The main focus of this trip will be on the Earthshot Prize and the ceremony itself will be green as possible. Guests have been asked to wear sustainable outfits, being encouraged to choose vintage, re-used or recycled outfits.
The green carpet and show set will be decorated with more than three acres of plants, among them two private secretaries, two assistant private secretaries and staff from their communications team.
All the flowers have been grown within 100 miles of the MGM music hall where the entire event will take place, with all the plants being donated to local community-based organizations afterwards.
The show lighting will be LED battery-operated and the same green carpet that was used for last Year’s ceremony at Alexandra Palace will be used this year in Boston. The makeup will be mostly vegan and certified cruelty-free, with all the food served being plant based and absolutely no single-use plastics in sight.