William and Kate meet schoolchildren at Kew Gardens for Generation Earthshot event

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Kate alongside children from The Heathlands School during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens (AP)
Kate alongside children from The Heathlands School during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens (AP)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Kew Gardens to inspire local schoolchildren to come up with bold ideas to help repair the planet.

Kate looked elegant in an emerald green ensemble as she joined Prince William on Wednesday for the educational event tied to his Earthshot Prize environmental initiative.

The royal couple were joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, television presenter and explorer Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover on the day.

Guests and students from The Heathland School in Hounslow took part in a series of fun and thought-provoking activities developed as part of the initiative.

Kate and William mingled with young people and VIPs, taking it in turns to join schoolchildren at activity tables and encourage them to discuss environmental issues.

Later this week, they are expected to appear at Alexandra Palace for the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.

Singers, actors and athletes are to attend the glitzy event on Sunday which will see performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Yemi Alade.

The prince’s new award, dubbed the most prestigious environmental prize in history, focuses on repairing our planet in the next 10 years.

The Duke of Cambridge alongside children from The Heathlands School during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (PA)
The Duke of Cambridge alongside children from The Heathlands School during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (PA)

Writing in the introduction of Earthshot, William said: “The science tells us that if we do not act to restore our planet by 2030, the damage will be irreversible, and the effects will be felt not just by future generations but by all of us alive today.”

The five prize winners will be announced by presenters including The Duchess of Cambridge, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo and Mo Salah.

Each winning solution will be awarded £1million in funding to help support and scale their innovations.

Every year from 2021 until 2030, the project will find and reward solutions to the five ‘Earthshot’ goals, to protect and restore nature, revive our oceans, to clean our air, build a waste-free world and fix our climate.

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