The Princess of Wales brought the theme of her husband’s eco-friendly Earthshot Prize to life in spectacularly stylish fashion this evening, when she arrived on the ‘green carpet’ wearing a rented neon green off-the-shoulder gown.
Kate, 40, certainly pulled out all the stops for the evening – which has been described as William’s ‘Super Bowl moment’ – taking a break from her normally-reserved sense of style in order to steal the spotlight in the eye-popping number.
In keeping with the theme of the evening, the Princess chose to don a rented design from a brand called Solace London, which the royal got from online designer rental platform HURR – which charges between $91 (£74) and $238 (£194) to loan the gown.
However, while Kate’s borrowed garment was a far cry cheaper than the high-fashion pieces she normally sports, she added plenty of bling to her look in the form of a stunning diamond-and-emerald choker that once belonged to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
The dazzling art deco choker – which is believed to be worth more than $15 million – was gifted to Diana by the Queen, who herself inherited it from her grandmother Queen Mary.
The Princess of Wales put on a dazzling display in a vibrant green off-the-shoulder gown as she and Prince William arrived at the Earthshot Prize gala in Boston Friday night – the final event in their whirlwind three-day US tour
Kate’s long brunette locks were styled in her signature waves – however she had her hair pulled back behind her ears to let the off-the-shoulder design really shine
Kate, 40, accessorized her neon green number – which she no doubt wore in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening – with a diamond-and-emerald choker necklace that used to belong to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana
William and Kate need this evening’s event to go off without a hitch. While much pressure was already being placed on the gala that weight increased tenfold in the wake of the controversies that have overshadowed the couple’s US tour
Diana wore the choker on a number of occasions, even pairing it with a green off-the-shoulder gown, just like Kate, when she attended a glittering event in London back in 1993.
The dazzling art deco choker – which is believed to be worth more than $15 million – was gifted to Diana (seen wearing it in 1993) by the Queen, who herself inherited it from her grandmother Queen Mary
However, the choker necklace is perhaps most famous for being worn by Diana on her head during her and then-Prince Charles’ tour of Australia in 1985.
At the time, images emerged of the then-Prince and Princess of Wales dancing at a gala in Melbourne – in which Diana could be seen wearing the pricey piece of jewelry around her forehead like a headband.
It was later revealed that the fashion-forward moment happened purely by chance, after the Princess got the necklace stuck on her head while putting it on – only to like the style so much, she chose to keep it that way for the rest of the evening.
Kate added some more sparkle to the look with a pair of matching diamond-emerald earrings – as well as some bedazzled Oscar de la Renta high heel shoes, which she recycled from her own closet.
Having encouraged guests at the Earthshot gala to wear vintage, re-used, or second-hand clothing in order to fit the event’s sustainable theme, Kate set a shining example by sporting the designer shoes, which she has worn on several occasions in the past – most recently at Ronald McDonald House in London back in February 2017.
She had her long brunette locks styled in her signature loose waves, however she pulled her hair back behind her ears in order to let the off-the-shoulder design, and her dazzling jewels, to really shine.
This evening’s event marks the second time that Kate has chosen to wear jewelry belonging to Diana; upon her and William’s arrival in the US on Wednesday, the Princess sported some diamond-and-sapphire earrings that her late mother-in-law once owned.
Meanwhile, William put on a dapper display in a black tuxedo, keeping things classic with a dark navy velvet jacket and a black bow tie, while also sporting an Omega watch.
Kate, whose rented gown featured a daring split up the back, allowing her to show off her dazzling heels, held hands with her husband as they made their way inside the MGM Music Hall
The choker necklace worn by Kate – which was gifted to Queen Mary during a trip to India – is perhaps most famous for being worn by Diana on her head during her and then-Prince Charles’ tour of Australia in 1985
Kate, 40, certainly pulled out all the stops for the evening – which has been described as William’s ‘Super Bowl moment’ – taking a break from her normally-reserved sense of style in order to steal the spotlight in the eye-popping number
The pair have been in the US since Wednesday, when they touched down at Boston Logan International Airport on a commercial flight
Crowds of well-wishers turned up to show their support for the royals, who have been swarmed by fans throughout their trip
Kate added some more sparkle to the look with a pair of matching diamond-emerald earrings – as well as some bedazzled Oscar de la Renta high heel shoes, which she recycled from her own closet
The Prince and Princess of Wales were given a Hollywood-style welcome as they arrived at the event, with cheering crowds offering up cries of support as they exited their hybrid Range Rover – a vehicle that was specially chosen to fit the eco-friendly focus of their trip.
Kate and Wills made their way down the ‘green carpet’, pausing a few times to speak to other guests, before making their way into the venue, where they were greeted with a standing ovation from the other attendees.
Once inside, they were joined by Earthshot council members, John Kerry, Ms Naomi Yamazaki, Hindou Ibrahim and Indra Nooyi, as well as the program’s CEO Hannah Jones.
The ceremony kicked off with a reference to the ‘colonists’ who came to Boston 400 years ago and settled on indigenous lands – a similar theme that was raised at the Earthshot launch on Wednesday, when Reverend Mariama White-Hammond urged attendees to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’.
At the Earthshot Prize gala tonight, it was Elizabeth Solomon, a member of the Massachusetts tribe at Ponkapoag who brought to light indigenous interests during her opening speech.
‘We are gathered today in Native space and on the traditional lands of the Massachusetts Tribe,’ she began. ‘Please treat our lands and waters as precious because they are.
‘10,000 years ago Boston Harbor was dry land and we were here. 1,000 years ago much of what is now known as the city of Boston was not land but water and we were here. 400 years ago colonists came to occupy our land and we were here.’
The show continued with a performance by singing sister duo Chloe x Halle – the latter of whom is set to star in the upcoming live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid. The siblings performed Nina Simone’s Feeling Good in front of the star-studded crowd, which included the likes of Annie Lennox, David Beckham, Shailene Woodley, and Rami Malek.
Several of the event’s A-list guests were seen arriving at the venue ahead of the Prince and Princess, including Shailene, Ellie Goulding, Halle and Chloe Bailey, Rami, and Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara.
The evening was also given some political cache in the form of former Presidential candidate and Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who arrived at the gala event with his wife – whose arrival at the MGM Music Hall came just an hour after Prince William met with President Joe Biden.
Former England soccer star David Beckham was given a police escort to the venue, to which he traveled in a hybrid vehicle, as did the other talent invited to attend the evening.
Malek,41, who presented one of the awards, said he had been inspired to support Earthshot after meeting William at the premiere of Bond movie No Time to Die in September last year.
‘I applaud him, Prince William, and everyone who can come together to find innovative solutions to help resolve this global crisis because it can be resolved when we all put our minds together,’ he said.
Malek also revealed how he first got involved in the Earthshot initiative, after William asked him to support the program at the Bond premiere at the Royal Albert Hall – and adding that he was particularly motivated to get on board after hearing that the Prize was inspired by late President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot challenge.
‘We first broached the subject at the Bond premiere,’ the actor continued. I was just so impressed with the spirit he put forward. And speaking with Sir David Attenborough and [William’s] affinity to the Moonshot and what President Kennedy did.
‘I grew up being very inspired by President Kennedy so we had a discussion about that. There were, of course, some great quotes that came from that man — the one that stuck with me was ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.’”
The actor said he and William chatted again a ‘few weeks ago’ when they ‘had a long discussion’ about climate change.
Malek said: ‘[The event] means the world to me. It means the world to all of us. It’s the greatest crisis of our lifetime.
‘I appreciate what Prince William’s doing. In the next 10 years I think the impact will be staggering. We can really affect change in the greatest way with these innovators who are being awarded this evening.
‘It could easily be thought of as something that’s pessimistic, gloom and doom, and Earthshot’s taken a way to flip it on its head and say, “Let’s inspire people to come up with the greatest solutions we can to save this planet.”
‘This is the greatest crisis we will ever love with and hopefully we can find a way to beat it.’
Malek also expressed admiration for the way in which William and Kate encouraged all attendees at the event to wear re-used outfits, noting that he felt it was just one of many indications that the Earthshot Prize gala had been ‘well considered’.
‘[The sustainability theme] makes you think about every thing we’re doing,’ she said. ‘We’re all re-using our outfits in our line of work. I appreciate that. It’s been extremely well considered and well thought of and hopefully influences the way we continue through our day to day.’
He added: ‘It sounds like a cliche but it is the only time we’re going to have to make this possible.’
Guests were all asked to wear environmentally-conscious clothing as well as limiting their travel and offsetting their carbon emissions.
Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo wore a long black dress by environmental campaigner and designer Vivienne Westwood, whom she praised on the green carpet, saying: ‘She has been very, very vocal about protecting the planet over the years.’
Sisters Chloe and Halle also praised William and Kate for their support for green causes, with Chloe saying: ‘We’re just so pleased this is about the environment.’
All of the attendees were met with rising excitement from the crowds of people gathered outside the event – some of whom brandished welcome signs for William and Kate, another indication of the couple’s enduring popularity in the US, even amid ongoing royal controversy.
Certainly, William and Kate need this evening’s event to go off without a hitch. While much pressure was already being placed on the gala that weight increased tenfold in the wake of the controversies that have overshadowed the couple’s US tour.
Before the couple had even touched down in the US, a furious race row had erupted in the UK after the Prince’s own godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace event.
The couple took a minute to smile and wave at the crowds who had gathered in the cold in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the royals
As well as pulling out all the stops with her style, Kate also opted to model a glamorous makeup look that featured dark eyeliner, smoky eyeshadow and a sharp contour on her cheeks
The pair spent a few minutes speaking with people outside of the event while walking the green carpet
Ever the gentleman, William put a reassuring hand on Kate’s back as they made their way into the event
Then on Thursday, the first full day of their tour, Prince Harry and Meghan dropped a trailer for the bombshell Netflix documentary, which hinted at fresh attacks on the Monarchy – and was described by insiders as a ‘declaration of war’ on the Waleses and the royal family.
As William and Kate entered the event, they were greeted with a standing ovation
While the Prince and Princess of Wales have not faltered in their engagements thus far, remaining cool, calm and collected, at least on the surface, behind-the-scenes, the Monarchy is grappling with two large scandals, both of which have unfolded during the couple’s first US trip in eight years.
On Tuesday night, hours before William and Kate touched down at Boston Logan International Airport, the Prince’s own godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, sparked a furious race row when she was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace event.
As William and Kate were mid-flight, their Kensington Palace spokesperson issued a statement condemning the ‘unacceptable’ comments made by Lady Hussey – who resigned from her role in the royal household – however the controversy has already cast a bleak shadow over what was meant to be a ‘Super Bowl’ moment for the Prince.
Then, on Wednesday morning – the first full day of engagements for the pair – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped the trailer for their bombshell Netflix documentary in a move that has been described as a ‘declaration of war’ by Palace insiders.
The teaser trailer dispelled any hopes that the Sussexes are willing to work towards a ceasefire in their acrimonious battle with the Royal Family.
William put on a dapper display in a black tuxedo, keeping things classic with a dark navy velvet jacket and a black bow tie, while also sporting an Omega watch
The final addition to the Princess’ look for the evening was a slick of peachy pink lipstick
The pair were seen sneaking loving glances at one another as they made their way along the green carpet
The Princess also flashed her sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring – another jewelry piece that once belonged to Diana
As well as including dozens of supposedly private pictures from their family album, the footage includes a voiceover from Harry saying gravely, ‘no-one sees what’s happening behind closed doors’ over a black and white picture of his wife on an armchair, apparently crying.
The film then immediately cuts away to a shot focusing on a pinched-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Service in London, with the Sussexes sitting meekly behind them.
The message, say royal sources, is unmistakable. ‘I don’t see how anyone could view it as anything other than a declaration of war,’ said one.
However, William and Kate have pushed on with their tour through it all, seemingly remaining steadfastly cool and calm – and all the while with wide smiles on their faces whenever they have been in front of the cameras.
Yesterday afternoon, their composure was put to the test once again when they came face-to-face with an African-American Reverend who gave a lecture about the ‘legacy of colonialism’ at their Earthshot launch on Wednesday – just hours after news of the Buckingham Palace race row emerged.
The Prince and Princess of Wales came together with Reverend Mariama White-Hammond for their third official engagement on Thursday, which saw them visiting Boston Harbor Defenses despite the biting cold to learn about the impact of rising sea levels on the city’s shoreline.
Shailene Woodley and Ellie Goulding pulled out all the style stops as they attended Prince William and Kate’s Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening
David Beckham was announced as a last-minute addition to the presenting line-up today
Annie Lennox put on a very dynamic display on the ‘green carpet’ at the event – where guests were encouraged to wear outfits that were re-used, recycled, vintage, or second-hand in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening
A host of celebrities turned out to support the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Earthshot Prize gala this evening, with Halle Bailey – star of Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid – and her sister Chloe among the first to arrive
Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara was one of the first stars to arrive at Prince William and Kate’s glitzy Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening
Rami Malek was also among the earliest arrivals at the gala, where he is due to present an award
Marvel star Simu Liu – star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – brought some superhero fire power to the event
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney added some political cache to the evening as he arrived with his wife Ann – just one hour after Prince William met with President Joe Biden
If the couple felt any awkwardness at being reunited with Reverend White-Hammond – who urged the crowds at their Earthshot Prize launch on Wednesday to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’ as the Prince and Princess watched on from the wings – they did not allow it to show on their faces.
Although insiders insisted that Kate and William were ‘determined’ not to get side-tracked from their mission to launch the Prince’s Earthshot Prize awards in the US, the issues of race and equality were quickly brought to the forefront of the event by Reverend White-Hammond’s speech.
Just minutes before William and Kate took to the podium at the launch event, the Reverend, who serves as the city’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, gave a strong speech in which she told the crowd to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’, particularly when it comes to their impact on climate change.
She continued: ‘The ways it has impacted people across the world and its connection, its deep connection to the degradation of land and our planet that we are all seeking to reverse.
‘The stories lost, the species made extinct, but also the persistence of people in the face of oppression and the fundamental dignity of all of our relations.’
Although no mention was made about Lady Susan, who was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace event on Tuesday night, few could fail to connect the controversy with Reverend White-Hammond’s remarks.
Vegan makeup, BURLAP decor… and recycled outfits for the royal hosts: Inside Prince William and Kate’s VERY eco-friendly plans for glitzy Earthshot Prize gala – as they share behind-the-scenes glimpse at their prep for the star-studded event
- The Prince of Wales will host his second inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston tonight
- His glitzy, star-studded event will be attended by the likes of Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, and Rami Malek
- The Earthshot Prize is meant to highlight some of the leading climate change innovations and solutions
- In keeping with that theme, William and Kate have implemented several eco-friendly steps in their planning of the event – from using largely vegan makeup to recycling the ‘green carpet’ at the end of the night
- Ahead of the event, the couple shared a series of black-and-white photos from their preparations for the gala
- It marks the final engagement in the Prince and Princess of Wales’ three-day US tour – which has been marred by controversy amid the Buckingham Palace race row and Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailer release
BY REBECCA ENGLISH, ROYAL EDITOR IN BOSTON FOR MAILONLINE AND CHARLIE LANKSTON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
It has been hailed as Prince William’s ‘Super Bowl’ moment – and the royal seems determined to ensure that his glitzy, eco-friendly Earthshot Prize gala is nothing short of a triumphant touchdown.
On the surface, the star-studded event has all the trappings of a glamorous Hollywood awards show, from its very well-publicized build-up to its list of celebrity guests, which includes the likes of Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox and Rami Malek.
But while William and Kate are no doubt hoping that the A-list crowd will help to draw positive attention to their event – which is taking place under the shadow of Buckingham Palace’s race row and in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix trailer drop – they are also very eager to ensure that not a single foot is put out of line as far as the gala’s eco-friendly theme is concerned.
To that end, the couple – who today amplified the hype surrounding the event by releasing a series of artsy black-and-white images of themselves preparing for it – has implemented a host of very ‘green’ measures for the evening’s soiree, from wearing ‘recycled’ outfits on the red carpet to using burlap decor and a re-used green carpet.
Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a glimpse at some of their last-minute preparations for the gala on Instagram today
In the artsy black-and-white photos, the Princess of Wales is seen strutting across a lit-up stage surrounded by greenery, while her husband is pictured chatting with organizers
Eco-friendly Earthshot! William and Kate go all-out for environmental gala
- Three acres of locally-grown plants will be displayed at the event – and will be donated to community organizations after the gala
- Pots will be ‘wrapped in burlap’ to ensure they are as green as possible
- Guests are encouraged to ‘consider their clothing’ and wear re-used, vintage, or second-hand outfits
- Vegan and cruelty-free makeup is being used
- Any catering provided will be vegetarian or vegan and locally sourced
- Attendees will walk down a ‘green carpet’, which has been re-used from last year’s event – and will recycled after tonight’s gala
- All lighting fixtures will be LED Battery-operated and no gasoline will be used
- Any unavoidable flights have been recorded and the CO2e impacts were calculated and balanced via a ‘book & claim’ scheme using Sustainable Aviation Fuel
- All talent transportation in Boston is electric/hybrid
- Single use plastics have been banned across all elements of the production
In short, the Earthshot Prize – and its accompanying TV broadcast – are intended to be one of the greenest televised events in history.
Even before the guests arrive at the gala they will have been given a very green dose of eco-friendly advice and rules to follow, with attendees encouraged to ‘consider their clothing’ for the occasion and opt for ensembles that can be re-used, or have already been purchased second-hand.
Travel plans for guests have also been given environmental updates: all transportation being used with Boston is electric or hybrid and any ‘unavoidable’ flights that were taken have been ‘recorded and the CO2e impacts were calculated and balanced’.
Even William and Kate jetted into the US on a commercial British Airways flight – no doubt hoping to avoid the controversy that has plagued the Sussexes over their repeated use of private jets, despite the couple professing themselves to be environmentalists.
Then, upon their arrival at the event, guests will be treated to a host of ecologically-minded measures, from the plant-focused decor to the vegan and vegetarian-only catering options.
Instead of a red carpet for the stars to walk down, last year’s green carpet is being re-used – and it will be recycled afterwards.
The entryway and the event itself will feature over three acres of plants, including New England-grown evergreen and deciduous trees- ‘all native and grown locally,’ explained Earthshot’s new CEO Hannah Jones, formerly Nike’s first chief sustainability officer.
All the flowers are also grown locally within a 100 mile radius of the MGM Music Hall in Boston. Most are ‘root ball’ plants, wrapped in burlap, to stay as green as possible and will be donated to local community-based organization after the show.
BBC Studios, who are staging the event and won a BAFTA for last year’s show, have flown over just 10 members of staff out of a crew of 150, hiring local firms instead.
No gas lighting will be used with all fixtures being LED battery-operated and charged locally in Massachusetts.
The stars’ hotel is walking distance from the venue and everyone is being encouraged to either use the tram or take a fleet of electrically-powered and hybrid taxis.
Even the make-up being used is largely vegan and certified cruelty-free, while the food being served to stars and crew is plant-based – and there is a ban on single-used plastics.
Ms Jones said: ‘We are an environmental organization and will assiduously strive to think about our own environmental impact with everything we do.’
‘We are encouraging everyone that is coming to the awards to take the lowest carbon impact option possible. What isn’t will be offset.’