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King Charles III - COP 26, Glasgow, Scotland




As the King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Charles has elected not to attend COP27, which is to be held at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, between the 6th and 18th of November 2022.



Earlier this month, King Charles’s spokesman said he would not attend this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt by mutual decision with the British government. However, it has now been announced that he will host an event in the UK to mark the climate summit, inviting more than 200 people for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

“His Majesty The King will host a reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday, 4th November 2022, ahead of the COP27 Summit. The reception will bring together over 200 international business leaders, decision makers and NGOs to mark the end of the United Kingdom’s presidency of COP26 and look ahead to the COP27 Summit in Egypt,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Attendees will include the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, COP President Alok Sharma. and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. The King will make a speech.

The decision to host the reception is an indication of the King’s desire to support the event, despite not attending, following his decades of campaigning on the subject of climate change. When COP26 was held in Glasgow last year, Charles was centre stage at multiple events across several days and made frequent public remarks. The Sunday Times wrote at the start of this month that then UK Prime Minister Liz Truss had told him not to attend COP27 not long after he became king. In response, Buckingham Palace confirmed he will not go but emphasised that the decision was by mutual agreement, with sources indicating that it had been decided this was not the right occasion for him to make his first overseas visit as sovereign. Prince William will also not go to this year’s summit, which takes place from November 6 to 18.











As the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history, Charles made the environment a cornerstone of his work, founding and backing multiple organizations and initiatives to raise awareness of and tackle the climate crisis and encourage sustainable living. In his first speech as king, following the death of his mother on September 8, he chose to spell out the fact his new position will change how he spends his time. “My life will of course change as I take up my new responsibilities,” he said. “It will no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to the charities and issues for which I care so deeply. But I know this important work will go on in the trusted hands of others.”

As the Prince of Wales, he was a long time champion of climate awareness, also speaking out on plastic pollution.


The Prince of Wales, 73, is currently the third King of England named Charles III. His son, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is a King in waiting - as of 2022. 

Their mother and grandmother, respectively, Queen Elizabeth II, was the British Monarch, until passing aged 95 in 2022.


King Charles I lived from 1600 until 1649, when he was executed for treason.


The previous King, Charles II, ruled from 1630 until 1685, gave a Royal Charter to export captured native Africans as slaves to British colonies.


Queen Elizabeth I (Good Queen Bess), was famous for commissioning privateers to carry out acts of piracy on the high seas, to boost the coffers of her Treasury. As was Queen Anne 1665 - 1714. King George I carried on with privateers, then politics changed during his reign 1714 to 1727.





Prince Charles, on your bike!



The King riding a cycle as zero emission transport





Cop27, the annual United Nations’ global climate summit, will take place in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt over 10 days in November.

Following last year’s Cop26 gathering in Glasgow, the conference from the 6th to the 18th will again see world leaders and their teams of negotiators come together to thrash out deals to safeguard the future of the planet.

Cop27 is open to all parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the landmark treaty signed by many nations at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

That treaty was aimed at reining in “dangerous human interference with the climate system” - and later led to the emissions-cutting deals Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.

Observer organisations like environmental NGOs, think-tanks and faith-based groups, as well as members of the media and the general public, are also allowed to attend.

More than 200 governments have been invited to take part although not all world leaders have confirmed their attendance.

Despite Cop27 coinciding with the US Midterms elections, President Joe Biden will reportedly join climate envoy John Kerry in Egypt. The White House has been reluctant to discuss travel plans in detail, and whether the US leader will sit down with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping is not yet known.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a pariah due to the war in Ukraine, is not expected to show up although the Kremlin could still send delegates to the summit.

As host nation, Egypt has called on countries otherwise hostile to one another to put their differences aside and “show leadership” for the greater good of the planet.

Also missing out will be new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The decision to prioritise Britain’s Autumn Budget over the summit was blasted as a “massive failure of leadership” by Labour’s shadow climate secretary Ed Miliband.

“Britain showing up to work with world leaders is an opportunity to grasp. Not an event to shun,” said Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with Green MP Caroline Lucas and Greenpeace UK also expressing their condemnation.

A Tory spokesman insisted the UK remains committed to net-zero and leading the fight against climate change.

However the PM’s new environment secretary, Therese Coffey, subsequently made matters worse by attempting to justify the decision by saying it was “standard practice” and downplaying Cop27 as “just a gathering of people in Egypt”.

Alok Sharma MP, who was UK president of Cop26, will attend despite losing his Cabinet post in Mr Sunak’s first reshuffle. It is also possible that Ms Coffey, foreign secretary James Cleverly or business secretary Grant Shapps may attend.

Mr Sharma appeared before a number of parliamentary committees on Mr Sunak’s first day in office and said the government should “explain and demonstrate” how pivoting back towards fossil fuel exploitation is consistent with the fight against climate change.











Egyptian diplomat Mohamed Nasr has implored Britain to play a significant role at Cop27. “We know that there are challenges, economic challenges that are there, facing the UK and other countries, but we hope that those challenges does not lead to backsliding on the pledges,” he told Sky News.

Egypt’s ambassador also said that he hopes King Charles III will rethink skipping the summit, a decision held over from Liz Truss’s brief tenure as PM as part of a bid to keep the new monarch at one remove from “political” concerns.

The invitation is “still there, it’s an open invitation”, Mr Nasr said. “He has been a very strong advocate for climate action.

He has been a role model for... putting not only his political weight behind the climate change discussion, but also that he has been influencing and giving the right image for how royalty can push for the climate agenda.

“So we hope that he will be there, and we still hope that he can make it and come and come to Sharm El-Sheikh.”

Ms Coffey has since said that it is “up to” His Majesty “to decide how he chooses where to put his priorities in his reign as king”.

Earlier this month, Wael Aboulmagd, a special representative for the Cop27 presidency, told Reuters that around 90 nations had confirmed they would be in attendance, although he did not name specific countries.

“We’ve received a large number of confirmations from around the world, I think the last count was about 90 heads of state but the numbers keep coming in,” he said.

“What we’ve decided is that our heads of state section will not be a traditional plenary-only type of affair, but rather there will be six roundtables... for heads of state to actually engage in a discussion on the issue at hand.”

The guest list continues to grow as we get closer to the opening date, with Hollywood superstar and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio a possible attendee once again, the actor having clearly enjoyed his time in Scotland a year ago.








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