Duke of Cambridge to Focus on the Environment

The future king heads up two new wildlife patronages as his career focus shifts towards the environment.


Earlier this week, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke had taken over a patronage from each of his grandparents, as he succeeded the Queen as figurehead for Fauna and Flora International and also taken over from the Duke of Edinburgh as patron of the British Trust for Ornithology.


This comes shortly after the Duke of Cambridge launched the Earthshot Prize, a £50 million global environmental award designed to harness optimism and encourage progress in a "crucial decade" for the planet. Five £1m prizes will be awarded each year for the next 10 years. It has already been likened to a green Nobel prize and is expected to be seen as the Duke's career-defining project. Like his father, who championed environmental and conservation causes long before most people started to think seriously about it, Prince William is a passionate advocate for the environment.


Dr Andy Clements, British Trust for Ornithology’s CEO, said: “I am delighted that the Duke of Cambridge has become our patron, following on from his grandfather who worked so tirelessly on our behalf. We hope that we will be able to support the Duke’s strong interest in protecting the environment through our evidence-based work around environmental issues in the UK.”


In a recent Ted talk, the future king said there is "no choice but to succeed" when tackling the problem of climate change over the next 10 years. If you would like to hear Prince William's Ted talk wrap-up (it's only 40 seconds), here it is: