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Senior royals to attend Cop26 as UK ‘pulls out all the stops’ in climate change fight

Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, said: “The more the UK looks like it’s taking this seriously, the more other countries will want to be seen to match that. So yes, I think it’s entirely helpful to have such a strong showing from the Royal family.

“Prince Charles, and increasingly Prince William, have shown a particular interest in this area. Prince Charles is definitely recognised around the world as a deep thinker on these issues, and having a track record of having been interested in this for a long, long time. So it’s not just the symbolism – they are people of substance on these issues.

“It’s very difficult given all the other tensions with China at the moment. So again, I think if the Royal family are able to create a strong engagement with the Chinese leadership whilst they are here, that will help.”

Gareth Redmond-King, the Cop26 communication and engagement lead at independent environment adviser the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, said: “The rest of the world will know the high regard we have for the royal family here in the UK, and the Queen in particular is very well-respected around the world.

“As host of the UN climate summit in November, it demonstrates the seriousness with which the UK is taking its responsibility that the Queen and other senior members of the royal family will be there in Glasgow to welcome world leaders and show their commitment to the outcome of this, the biggest and most important diplomatic summit in the UK in living memory.

“It should indicate that the UK is pulling out all the diplomatic stops and is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that we leave Glasgow with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping warming to 1.5C within reach.”

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