Prince and Princess of Wales to Visit Boston This Week for 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards

Kensington Palace announced Sunday that the couple will visit from Wednesday through the awards ceremony on Friday

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Britain's Prince and Princess of Wales will be visiting Boston this week to film the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony and attend other events.

The Earthshot Prize was founded by Prince William to honor groundbreaking solutions to environmental issues.

Kensington Palace announced Sunday that the couple will visit from Wednesday through the awards ceremony on Friday. During the visit they will attend other events around the city, including a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. The itinerary will also include, a visit with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu to discuss climate change and the work the city is doing to combat the crisis and a visit to Greentown Labs in Somerville, the largest climate technology startup incubator in North America, where they will learn more about the work being done there.

Other events on the schedule include visiting Roca Inc., a nonprofit in Chelsea that works with at-risk young people to combat urban violence and create stronger public systems of support, and a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, where the Princess will hear more about the advances in science that might help us create better futures as part of a child's early development. The Harvard Center has a long relationship with The Royal Foundation and The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

Prince William and Kate Middleton had announced last summer that they would be coming to Boston in December for the Earthshot ceremony, and confirmed the date earlier this month. The original announcement included a video from Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, standing in the outfield at Fenway Park.

This will be the royal couple's first visit to the U.S. since 2014.

The Earthshot prize was founded by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2020. It was inspired by and with a name echoing President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 challenge to America to land a man on the moon by that decade’s end, and aims to “discover and scale the best solutions to help repair our planet within the next decade,” according to a release.

The second annual awards ceremony will celebrate this year’s cohort of 15 global finalists before awarding the five winners of The Earthshot Prize.  Last year’s first-ever awards ceremony took place in London.

Each of this year’s five winners will receive $1 million to accelerate their projects aimed at the prize’s 2030 goals: protecting and restoring nature; cleaning the air; reviving the oceans; building a waste-free world, and fixing the climate.

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