Queen Elizabeth on climate change: HM appears to criticize global inaction in off-mic comments

The 95-year-old British monarch was filmed on a phone as she visited Cardiff to open the Welsh parliament.

在一个点上, speaking to her daughter-in-law Camilla, 康沃尔公爵夫人, and parliament presiding officer Elin Jones, 她说 “I’ve been hearing all about COP … I still don’t know who’s coming.

On the recording, parts of which are inaudible, the queen also appears to say it isirritating” 什么时候 “they talk, but they don’t do.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Charles and Camilla, 康沃尔公爵夫人, second right, attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff, 威尔士, Thursday Oct. 14.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Charles and Camilla, 康沃尔公爵夫人, second right, attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff, 威尔士, Thursday Oct. 14. (Jacob King/PA )

The queen is due to welcome leaders from around the world to COP26, a United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, 苏格兰, at the end of the month. Several heads of state or government, including China’s Xi Jinping, have not said whether they will attend.

A government minister, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, said the queen’s comments had not been intended for broadcast.

I think comments made in private should stay private, but we all share the desire to see progress made and we know there will be hundreds of leaders coming to Glasgow for COP,” he told Sky News.

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In Britain’s constitutional monarchy the queen is meant to be above politics, and she rarely expresses opinions in public.

Her son and heir, 查尔斯王子, 虽然, has long been outspoken on environmental issues. And Charles’ son Prince William has also taken up the cause, backing the Earthshot Prize for environmental innovation that will be awarded on Sunday.

In an interview with the BBC broadcast Thursday, William criticized space tourism, saying the world’s greatest minds should focus on fixing the Earth instead.

His comments were aired a day after the 90-year-old “星际迷航” actor William Shatner became the oldest person to fly to space, in a rocket funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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