The Prince and Princess of Wales are slowly approaching their big Earthshot Awards night this Friday in Boston. Arriving in the United States on Wednesday, this Thursday, December 1, the couple continued their visits and gave time to local organizations and associations.
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Sightseeing around Boston on Day 2 in Massachusetts
Prince William and Catherine arrived in Boston on Wednesday, November 30. They were greeted by the city’s mayor and together they lit up the facade of Boston’s City Hall in honor of the Earthshort Awards ceremony on Friday. This environmental prize was recently created by Prince William. The first edition took place in London last year.
Prince William and his wife ended the day on Wednesday by attending a Boston Celtics basketball game. On Thursday 1 December, the Prince and Princess of Wales started their day by visiting the startup Greentown Labs. A little boy first stole the show when he approached, dressed like an English bobby, with the famous bear hair hat.
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The couple’s visits are linked to the theme of the environmental prize that William will present on Friday. Greentown Labs is a startup incubator that works on “The solution to the climate crisis through entrepreneurship and cooperation”as explained by the company located in Somerville, Greater Boston.
Greentown bills itself as a community for startup entrepreneurs where members pay a monthly fee to access the lab and offices. The company says it has participated in the creation of more than 9,000 jobs and the incubation of more than 500 companies.
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Walk along Boston Harbor for William and Kate
After this visit, the Prince and Princess of Wales traveled to Chelsea, another place in the suburbs of Boston. They have Roca Inc. visit, an organization that takes care of “Finding Hope and Leading Change” for people who live “an incarceration, in poverty or racism”. The organization achieves this “by engaging young adults, police and the systems at the center of urban violence in relationships to deal with trauma”.
Founder Molly Baldwin was surprised by news of the visit, despite the group’s focus on mental health, which is a priority topic for William and Kate. The founder of the organization warmly thanked the heir couple for emphasizing the work of their organization. Roca Inc. focuses on adolescents and young adults at the center of violence. They work with the police, judges, child protective services and other stakeholders to reduce trauma. The Prince and Princess of Wales spoke in particular to struggling mothers who were present on site.
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Finally, the last leg of the day Thursday in Massachusetts, the Prince and Princess of Wales returned to East Boston where the offices of Living Seawells are located. This company was among the finalists for last year’s Earthshot award.
Living Seawalls installs panels that replicate the ecosystem of a natural coastline. The Port of Boston is installing signs at two port sites. Onlookers quickly gathered around the harbor as rumors spread that the heir to the British throne was there with his wife. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu accompanied them.
The royal couple, led by Michelle Wu along Boston Harbor against the setting sun, wanted to learn more about Boston’s challenges with climate change, rising sea levels and the measures the city has put in place to deal with environmental problems. The city is frequently battered by storms. Thus ends the second day of the Welsh couple in Boston.