Prince Charles joins Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau and Zac Goldsmith for drinks reception


Prince Charles joined US businessman Bill Gates and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a reception for world leaders on day three of the COP26 summit tonight. 

The Prince of Wales, 72, appeared in high spirits as he spoke with the congregation of delegates and leaders at an evening gathering inside Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

Also joining the future king for the reception was former US Vice President Al Gore, Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

The evening reception comes after the royal used his COP26 address to demand a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’.

The Duke of Cornwall said the pandemic had taught the world ‘timelines can be sped up dramatically’ when everyone ‘agrees on the urgency and the direction’.

He said top CEOs and businesses he had spoken to confirmed they were ready to do their part to protect the globe from climate change.

Prince Charles, 72, speaks with US businessman Bill Gates and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a reception for world leaders inside Glasgow's Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Prince Charles, 72, speaks with US businessman Bill Gates and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a reception for world leaders inside Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

The Prince of Wales was joined by Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng for the evening

The Prince of Wales was joined by Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng for the evening 

During the evening the congregation of representatives and leaders listened to a speech by Environment minister Zac Goldsmith

During the evening the congregation of representatives and leaders listened to a speech by Environment minister Zac Goldsmith

During the evening reception tonight leaders were listened to a speech by Environment minister Zac Goldsmith who this week described how saving the world’s forests would be one of the cornerstone achievements of the Cop26 climate summit. 

The scenes come after Prince Charles, who joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for a lavish royal reception at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum last night, issued a rallying call to nations in the fight against climate change.

In his speech on Monday the royal said: ‘So ladies and gentlemen, my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required.

‘We know this will take trillions, not billions of dollars. We also know that countries, many which are burdened by heavy levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green.

‘Here we need a vast, military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector.

‘With trillions at its disposal, far beyond global GDP and with the greatest respects beyond even the government’s of the world’s leaders it offers the only real prospect of achieving a fundamental economic transition.

‘So how do we do it? First how do we get the private sector all pulling in the same direction?

‘After nearly two years now of consultation, CEOs have told me we need to bring together global industries to map out in very practical terms what it will take to make the transition.

‘We know from the pandemic the private sector can speed up timelines dramatically when everyone agrees on the urgency and the direction.

‘So each sector needs a clear strategy of getting innovations to mark it. Second, who pays and how?

‘We need to align private investment behind these industry strategies to help finance the transition effort, which means building the confidence of investors so the financial risk is reduced.

‘Investment is needed to transfer from coal to clean energy. If we can develop a pipeline of more sustainable and bankable projects at a sufficient scale it will attract sufficient investment.

‘Third which switches do we flick to enable these objectives? More than 300 of the world’s leading CEOs and and investors have told me that along side the promises countries have made… they need clear market signals, agreed globally so they have the confidence to invest without the goalposts suddenly moving.

‘This is the framework I’ve offered on a Terracarter roadmap created by my stable markets initiative with nearly 100 specific actions for acceleration.

‘Together we’re working to drive trillions of dollars into support transition across ten of the most emitting and polluting industries.

‘They include energy, agriculture, transportation, health systems and fashion. The reality of today’s global supply chains means industry transition will effect every country and every producer in the world.

‘There is absolutely not doubt in my mind that the private sector is ready to play its part and to work with governments to find a way forward.’

The future king, who used his COP26 address to demand a 'military-style campaign' to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to 'save our precious planet', spoke with former US Vice President Al Gore during the night

The future king, who used his COP26 address to demand a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’, spoke with former US Vice President Al Gore during the night

The royal appeared in high spirits as he spoke with world leaders and delegates at the reception on day three of the  COP26 summit

The royal appeared in high spirits as he spoke with world leaders and delegates at the reception on day three of the  COP26 summit

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed he and the Microsoft founder Bill Gates had agreed to spend £400million to try and solve problems of low carbon aviation

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed he and the Microsoft founder Bill Gates had agreed to spend £400million to try and solve problems of low carbon aviation

The Prince also said the world has been put on ‘war footing’ due to the impact of climate change and loss of biodiversity.

He continued: ‘The pandemic has shown us just how devastating a global cross border threat can be.

‘Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different. in fact they pose an even greater existential threat.’

He went on: ‘To the extent we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing.

‘Having the opportunity of consulting many of you myself over these past few months I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders and you do not need me to tell you that the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you to act decisively because time has literally run out.’

Earlier today, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was seen mingling with world leaders including the Prime Minister of India at a ‘clean technology’ event at the Cop26 climate summit. 

The US businessman-turned-philanthropist met with Narendra Modi, Israeli premier Naftali Bennett, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today and yesterday, during the UN-run conference in Glasgow.

He also met President Joe Biden on the sidelines, and could be seen grinning as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the pair had agreed to spend £400million in a bid to solve the ‘problems of low-carbon aviation’ during the Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment event this afternoon.   

It came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed he and the Microsoft founder had agreed to spend £400million to try and solve problems of low carbon aviation.

He said: ‘Bill Gates and I agreed jointly to spend £400 million trying to solve problems of low carbon aviation, zero guilt free aviation and we’ve got to fix it.

‘I’m going to be flying in a plane quite soon I think that has 35 per cent sustainable aviation fuel, the target at the moment is to get to 10 per cent sustainable aviation fuel for the whole world by 2030, how pathetic is that?

‘We can do better than that folks. It was 100 years ago that Alcock and Brown flew the Atlantic for the first time with about 865 imperial gallons of petrol.

‘We’ve made virtually no progress technologically since then in our approach since sending a plane up over the Atlantic. 

‘I want to see Alok, never mind Alcock, I want to see Alok as the skipper of the next net zero plane that will not rely on fossil fuels at all and I think we should be far far more ambitious.’

Last night world leaders including Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau engaged in a spot of dinner-time diplomacy as they joined hundreds for the biggest gathering of Government representatives since the birth of the United Nations.

World leaders pose for a group photo during an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday

World leaders pose for a group photo during an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday

Boris Johnson, who hosted the event at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, hailed Prince Charles for his efforts in tackling climate change

Boris Johnson, who hosted the event at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, hailed Prince Charles for his efforts in tackling climate change

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets  Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive for an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 on Monday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets  Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive for an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 on Monday

The congregation of leaders appeared in high spirits as they put disagreements on hold and capped off the first day at the COP26 climate conference with a lavish royal reception at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall.

During the night the Prime Minister, who hosted the evening at the recently renovated gallery, told leaders the summit was ‘quite an extraordinary historic event’ and it was even more important because ‘we face nothing less than a mortal threat to our planet and to our civilisation’.

He also hailed Prince Charles as ‘the man to defuse the bomb at the world’s moment of danger’ and described him as a ‘prophet without honour’. 

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