Kate dazzles in a rented green dress at the Earthshot awards ceremony

The Princess of Wales showed her green credentials as her husband’s Earthshot prize honored environmental pioneers – by wearing a dress that was rented.

Kate shone on the green carpet in her matching shade dress as five innovative ideas that William hopes will help fix the planet were celebrated and awarded £1million prizes to expand their projects .

The event, taking place this year in the US city of Boston, is one of the highlights of the Prince of Wales’ official calendar and has been dubbed the future king’s “World Cup” moment by Hannah Jones, executive director of the Earthshot Prize.

Celebrities who walked the green carpet at the awards ceremony included Hollywood actor Rami Malek, former England soccer captain David Beckham, while the artists performing that night included Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce- Protégés Chloe x Halle were.

Explaining the environmental dilemma facing the planet before the ceremony, Malek, who presented the Fix Our Climate award, said: “This is the biggest crisis we face in our lives and it is likely to be be the biggest crisis that future generations will face as well.

“But hopefully we can lessen that challenge for them through the actions we are taking now.

“The innovation, the smart minds coming together to make change, and being rewarded tonight with the Earthshot award, will have a massive impact on how the world will look like.”

Earthshot organizers have implemented a range of eco-friendly guidelines, from asking guests to dress sustainably by wearing vintage clothing or recycling outfits for future use, to ensuring the plants and flowers on display are locally sourced to be grown.

Kate wore jewels worn by her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, and opted for an emerald green dress by Solace London, rented from platform HURR, and glittering heels.

The awards ceremony was the culmination of a three-day visit by the royal couple to Boston, which was marred by the racial row that saw Williams’ godmother Lady Susan Hussey resign as royal assistant after repeatedly questioning a prominent black British domestic violence charity boss about, where she “really comes from”.

A trailer promoting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix docu-series was released on Thursday, with the timing interpreted by some royal commentators as a snub to William and Kate.

Earlier, William met US President Joe Biden at the conclusion of the King’s visit to the Presidential Library and Museum of John F. Kennedy and engaged in a 30-minute discussion that a Kensington Palace spokesman described as “warm, friendly and substantive”.

The spokesperson said Mr. Biden was keen to learn about Earthshot and some of the stories from the finalists, including the Great Bubble Barrier, a 2022 finalist in the Revive Our Oceans category.

Kate presented the Clean Our Air Award to Mukuru Clean Stoves, Kenya – a start-up providing women in Kenya with clean-burning stoves to reduce unhealthy indoor air pollution and enable a safer way to cook.

She told Earthshot guests: “Breathing clean air is something that so many of us take for granted, but unfortunately for millions of people around the world, it’s not a given.

“From the smoke that blankets cities to its impact on nature, air pollution poses a threat that knows no borders.

“Heartbreakingly, over 250 million children under the age of five breathe polluted air every day. And that fact is even harder to hear because we know the profound impact pollution has on our lifelong development.”

Among the five finalists, the UK winner was Notpla, a circular solution that creates an alternative to plastic packaging made from seaweed, which won the Build A Waste-Free World Award.

William closed the event by taking the stage to tell the audience, “I believe the Earthshot solutions you saw tonight prove we can solve some of our planet’s greatest challenges.

“And by supporting and scaling them, we can transform our future.

“Besides tonight’s winners and finalists, and those to be discovered in the years to come, I hope Earthshot’s legacy will continue to grow and help our communities and our planet thrive.”

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