Prince William’s Earthshot Award will be presented in Boston this year in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s Moon Shot Challenge, Kensington Palace has announced.
The annual ceremony, which was first held 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, could 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 will reward £50 million over 10 years.
The Duke’s environmental initiative aims to find solutions to repair and protect the planet – with five winners receiving £1million in 2021 to support their projects – such as projects to restore coral reefs and tackle 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 of town.
Prince William’s Earthshot Award will be presented in Boston this year in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s Moon Shot Challenge, Kensington Palace has announced
The annual ceremony, which was first held 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, could travel to the US a short trip
Appropriately, the announcement comes on the anniversary of the moon landing, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation will serve as a hosting partner alongside Mayor Michelle Wu and the city of Boston.
On September 12, 1962, in a landmark speech at Rice University, President Kennedy presented the country with an enormous challenge: to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely to Earth within a decade.
In July 1969, the Apollo 11 mission successfully landed the first two humans on the moon. Sixty years later, that “spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and service” continues in Boston, the palace said.
“There is no moonshot more important today than repairing the planet, and no better place to harness the moonshot spirit than the city of Boston,” said Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former president and 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 combat climate change — we’re setting an example of 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 will reward £50 million over 10 years
Prince William appeared in a short social media video today to announce Boston as this year’s host
“We are honored 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 tackle climate change and show 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 – protecting and restoring nature; Clean our air; Enliven 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 his wife Kate were “very anxious to have a high profile in the US” after “their popularity plummeted because of the Oprah interview.”
Insiders have told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will most likely make a high-profile visit across the pond 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] We are aware that their popularity has waned a little since the Oprah interview and the focus now is on winning back that support.
During the explosive interview in March last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves through the royal family when Meghan said Kate made her cry and claimed a royal insider wondered what color her son Archie would be .
The insider added that the pair were very sensitive to the impact the explosive interview had on their profile.
The Duke and Duchess Her last official visit to the US was in 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 not known if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would visit California to meet Meghan and Harry if they were in the US.