Queen Elizabeth II praised for heroic COP26 intervention: ‘When she speaks, world listens’ | Royal | News
On Monday evening, Her Majesty, 95, delivered a resounding speech at COP26 via video message to more than 120 world leaders, delegates and millions watching at home. The Queen called upon the audience to unite together to create a “safer, stabler future” for the planet.
Her virtual appearance came after she was ordered to rest for at least two weeks by doctors after her recent hospital visit.
As a result, she pre-recorded her video message last week at Windsor Castle.
Within her speech, Her Majesty spoke about how the impact of the environment on human progress was a cause “close to the heart of my dear late husband” Prince Philip.
She also praised her son Prince Charles, 72, and her grandson Prince William, 39, for their work on environmental issues.
The Queen said: “It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William.
“I could not be more proud of them.”
Despite not appearing in person, Her Majesty has been praised by a British journalist who called her an “exception” to the “out of touch” “great and good” who also delivered speeches at the summit.
According to the Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine, the Queen appeared with “a sense of decorum combined with quiet humility” at the crucial gathering.
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She said: “A monarch whose greatness comes not from the material trappings of royalty but from a long life dedicated to duty.
“When she speaks, the world listens.
“And not because she speaks loudly or forcefully, or because she surrounds herself with symbols of power.”
The columnist added that Her Majesty “remains so very human”, and despite the simplicity of her setting, her message “was as refreshing as a bright spring morning”.
The Queen delivered her message from the White Drawing Room in Windsor and she was dressed in green with a butterfly brooch on her shoulder for the occasion.
Her accessory mirrored the theme of a photograph appearing beside her of her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh in a cloud of butterflies, taken in Mexico in 1988.
Sarah Vine also praised the Queen for delivering a speech despite her recent health scare, which saw her spend a night in hospital for the first time in eight years.
She said: “At no point did she indulge in self-pity or ask for our sympathy.
“She was there, despite her poor health, to fulfil her duty.
“And that is what she did, with quiet grace.”
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