COP26: Prince Charles stumbles as he walks onto stage
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Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Glasgow together, where they were joined by world leaders such as Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Nicola Sturgeon. Environmental activists like Sir David Attenborough were also in attendance, in what was an event full of A-list political figures. Prince Charles’ speech was criticised by some who accused him of being too overly political, as he is supposed to remain politically neutral as a member of the Royal Family.
The Queen was due to attend the COP26 Conference, however, under doctor’s orders, the 95-year-old was advised to rest following an overnight stay in hospital for preliminary tests on October 20.
Therefore, Camilla stepped in amid the Queen’s absence to accompany her husband, the future King, Prince Charles.
Prince Charles took a tumble on his way to make a speech at the COP26 on Monday afternoon, before pleading with world leaders to come together to tackle climate change.
The Prince of Wales was invited to speak at the United Nations climate change summit, currently being held in Glasgow, as he has long been an ambassador for environmental issues.
But as he made his way up to the podium the prince tripped, before recovering to continue the walk to make the speech.
After recovering from his slight wobble, Prince Charles told delegates at the Cop26 global climate conference in Glasgow: “The scale and scope of the threat we face call for a global, systems-level solution based on radically transforming our current fossil fuel-based economy to one that is genuinely renewable and sustainable.
“So ladies and gentlemen my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required.”
Judi James, a body language expert, analysed the Prince of Wales’s speech for Express.co.uk.
Judi said: “Charles’s use of words in this speech appeared to position him at the highest level of authority and leadership when it comes to rescuing the planet.
“Far from using some references to explain his presence at the summit he went several steps further, hinting or even pitching himself as someone in a unique position in terms of activating solutions.
“Tripping on the steps on the way up to the stage must have been something of a nightmare for the man about to flex his intellectual, military and interventionist credentials.
“His angry stare at the steps suggested he was blaming them and there was a moment of pause at the lectern as he pulled at his nose and looked down, perhaps to re-compose himself.
“Unlike the Prime Minister, Charles then peppered his speech with terms that implied expert knowledge about his subject, talking of bio-diversity, ‘Billions of years of evolution’ and ‘circular bio-economy’.
“He also repeated his cry to arms in military terms, referencing a ‘War-like footing’ and a ‘Military-style campaign’.
“Mirroring a verbal trait used by his son Harry though, he was also keen to reference his position of power that he might see as unique.
“Like Harry, he told of ‘…having myself had the opportunity of consulting you over the past 18 months’ and ‘Nearly two years of consultation with CEOs have told me…’ with an added ‘More than 300 of CEOs and investors have told me…’
“Charles adds in the fact that ‘I have offered in the Terra Carta roadmap…’ suggesting that he can bring something unique and special to the party.
“He even mentions that the challenges are ‘beyond the government of world leaders’, sounding suspiciously like an offer of help in terms of leadership.”
The UN summit is aiming to “keep 1.5 alive” – limit global temperature rises to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
However, it could currently hit 2.7 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.
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