Prince William’s Earthshot Prize will be held in Boston this year in honour of President John F Kennedy’s Moon Shot challenge, Kensington Palace has announced.
The annual ceremony, first launched in London in 2021, will take place in early December and has raised the odds that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, may travel to the US for a short trip.
Inspired by Kennedy’s Moon Shot proposal in the 1960s, which put the first man on the moon and led to the development of new technology, the Earthshot Prize is set to award £50 million in rewards over 10 years.
The Duke’s environmental initiative aims to find solutions to repair and protect the planet – with five winners in 2021 being awarded £1million to support their schemes – such as projects to restore coral reefs and combat air pollution in India.
Prince William appeared in a short social media video today to announce Boston as this year’s host. Kennedy was born just outside the city.
Prince William’s Earthshot Prize will be held in Boston this year in honour of President John F Kennedy’s Moon Shot challenge, Kensington Palace has announced
The annual ceremony, first launched in London in 2021 (pictured, William and Kate at the event), will take place in early December and has raised the odds that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, may travel to the US for a short trip
Fittingly, the announcement comes on the anniversary of the moon landing, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation will serve as host partner alongside Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Boston.
On 12 September, 1962, in a landmark speech at Rice University, President Kennedy issued a soaring challenge to the country: to land a man on the moon within a decade and bring them safely back to Earth.
In July 1969, the Apollo 11 mission successfully landed the first two human beings on the moon. Sixty years later, that ‘spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and service’ continues in Boston, said the palace.
‘There is no more important Moonshot today than repairing the planet and no better place to harness the Moonshot spirit than the City of Boston,’ said Caroline Kennedy, the former president’s daughter and a US ambassador to Australia.
‘It is a great tribute to President Kennedy that The Earthshot Prize will partner with the JFK Library Foundation to host the 2022 ceremony in Boston and inspire a new generation with the possibility of a sustainable future.’
Mayor Wu said: ‘In Boston, we’re not just aiming to improve Boston’s ability to tackle climate change – we’re setting an example for how imaginative, community-driven climate leadership can reshape what’s possible.
Inspired by Kennedy’s Moon Shot proposal in the 1960s, which put the first man on the moon and led to the development of new technology, the Earthshot Prize is set to award £50 million in rewards over 10 years
Prince William appeared in a short social media video today to announce Boston as this year’s host
‘We are honoured and excited that Boston has been selected to host the 2022 Earthshot Awards.
‘This is an opportunity to shine a global spotlight on our efforts to combat climate change and demonstrate that, together, we can meet the urgency this moment demands with innovative solutions that protect our planet and future generations.’
Each year, the Earthshot Prize aims to find and reward solutions to five ‘Earthshot’ goals – Protect and restore nature; Clean our air; Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate.
Each winner will receive £1 million to scale their solutions.
In 2021, sources claimed William and wife Kate are ‘very focused on having a high profile in US’ after ‘their popularity took a dive because of the Oprah interview’.
Insiders told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are highly likely to make a high profile visit across the pond in an effort to boost their popularity.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Earthshot awards ceremony in London, on October 17, 2021
The source added: ‘[They] are aware that their popularity took a bit of a dive post the Oprah interview, and that the focus now is on getting that support back.’
During the explosive interview in March last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves through the Royal Family when Meghan said that Kate had made her cry, and alleged one royal insider had questioned what colour their son Archie’s skin would be.
The insider added that the couple were highly sensitive about the impact the explosive interview had on their profile.
The Duke and Duchess’ last official visit to the US was to New York in December 2014 when Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte. They previously visited California at the end of a tour to Canada in 2011.
It is unknown if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would visit California to meet with Meghan and Harry if they were in the US.
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