Queen Elizabeth II wasn't able to physically attend COP26 due to her health, but she still made a virtual appearance! A couple days before the event, the queen recorded a video message where she urged world leaders to take action during the climate change conference, which was broadcast in Glasgow on Monday evening and uploaded online.
Queen Elizabeth II praises royals' conservation efforts
Queen Elizabeth II wore a green dress with a bedazzled butterfly brooch as she delivered her message. She first spoke about how climate change was "a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband." As People suggests, it is possible her brooch may have been a special gift from Philip— presumably a wedding present.
The queen reflected on Philip's legacy and the imperative nature of addressing climate change. Prince Charles and Prince William have kept Philip's legacy alive with their own evironmental work, saying that she "could not be more proud of them." Charles and Duchess Camilla were seen watching the monarch's speech on a large screen at COP 26, along with William and Duchess Kate, who recently appeared at the Earthshot Awards.
The monarch went on to say that the conservation efforts of those both young and old have given her "great comfort and inspiration." She then expressed her hope that during, COP26, people would "rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship" by uniting over the issue for the benefit of generations to come. "I wish you every good fortune in this significant endeavour," she said at the end of her message.