Prince William will host a star-studded ceremony for his first £ 50million Earthshot Prize at Alexandra Palace in London later this year.
The inaugural ceremony of The Duke of Cambridge’s decade-long Global Environmental Competition will air on BBC One in October, with a set of top judges joining the show which will see the winners receive £ 1million for an idea to protect the planet.
Sir David Attenborough, who has supported the project from the start, is a member of the Earthshot Prize board, which will choose the winners.
Other judges include actress Cate Blanchett, singer Shakira and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Organizers said the event, which will also be televised internationally, will feature “some of the world’s greatest artists, all determined to fix our planet.”
William, who hopes Earthshot will become “the Nobel Prize for the environment,” announced the Oct. 17 ceremony in a trailer filmed by a drone camera.
Prince William’s £ 50million Earthshot First Prize will be held at Alexandra Palace and aired internationally from London on October 17.
Images show the Duke wearing an open-necked blue shirt standing alone in front of the ornate rose window at Alexandra Palace.
It will be shown today at 8 a.m. in the London Piccadilly Lights Monument at Piccadilly Circus.
In the clip, he says, “Join me for the first-ever Earthshot Prize Awards, where we’ll unveil five global winners and their groundbreaking solutions to fix our planet on October 17th here in London. “
The award is inspired by the ambitious Moonshot lunar space program of the late US President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s, which helped advance humanity’s technological achievements.
William, who hopes Earthshot will become the world’s environmental Nobel Prize winner, announced the ceremony in a trailer filmed by a drone camera
The Duke met with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (left), who hailed the ceremony as a ‘momentous occasion’ for the city, at Kensington Palace last week.
It has five categories, or “Earthshots,” which organizers say if achieved by 2030 would improve everyone’s lives.
Each year from 2021 until the end of the decade, the winners of the five Earthshots will each receive £ 1million to use for their solutions.
To mark the venue announcement, William said: “By hosting the COP26 conference in Glasgow just weeks after our inaugural awards, the UK is helping lead the world in the fight against climate change.
“London is a fantastic place to showcase this leadership, spotlight the finalists and recognize our very first Earthshot Prize winners.”
The Duke also met with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who hailed the ceremony as a “momentous occasion” for the city, at Kensington Palace last week.