Queen makes touching tribute to Prince Philip in COP26 video after pulling out of appearance

The Queen has made a touching tribute to her late husband Prince Philip as she delivered a speech to the COP26 summit via a video.

Queen Elizabeth, 95, was due to attend the event in person but was forced to pull out on medical advice after her first hospital stay in eight years last month.

Despite concerns over her health, the monarch gave a speech via a video, which was then played at the event on Monday 1 November.

In the clip, she told viewers: "I am delighted to welcome you all to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference; and it is perhaps fitting that you have come together in Glasgow, once a heartland of the industrial revolution, but now a place to address climate change.

"This is a duty I am especially happy to discharge, as the impact of the environment on human progress was a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh."

She used her address to pay tribute to her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in April this year, and his efforts in raising the profile of the issue of climate change.

The Queen quoted her beloved husband in a speech he gave in 1969. She said: "The impact of the environment on human progress was a subject close to the heart of my dear late husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

"I remember well that in 1969, he told an academic gathering: 'If the world pollution situation is not critical at the moment, it is as certain as anything can be, that the situation will become increasingly intolerable within a very short time … If we fail to cope with this challenge, all the other problems will pale into insignificance'."


Queen Elizabeth also had a photograph of her husband placed on a table behind her, showing the Duke of Edinburgh stood amongst dozens of orange butterflies.

The image was captured in Mexico in 1988, when Philip visited the threatened winter habitat of the Monarch butterfly.

Her Majesty added that Philip's passion for fighting against climate change lives on in Prince Charles and Prince William, who hosted a reception during the summit on Monday.

She 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."


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She then urged the summit's attendees to think carefully when making any decisions on the future of the globe as she said: "I, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship.

"It is the hope of many that the legacy of this summit – written in history books yet to be printed – will describe you as the leaders who did not pass up the opportunity and that you answer the call of those future generations."

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