Queen Elizabeth says world leaders have a 'shared responsibility' to tackle the 'challenges of climate change'

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Queen Elizabeth has called on business leaders and governments to work together “to avert the challenges of climate change”.

Her Majesty said those in power had a “shared responsibility to rise to this challenge”.

The comments are the monarch’s first major intervention on the climate crisis as she joins her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William in calling for a “sustainable future”.

© Getty Queen Elizabeth said governments must work together to

The Queen hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for the Global Investment Summit, which is being put on by the UK Government, meeting with international business and investment leaders.

They included billionaire Bill Gates and John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent.

For the reception inside St George’s Hall, the Queen wore the Cullinan V brooch, previously owned by her grandmother Queen Mary.

The event comes ahead of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) in Glasgow, an historic summit that will bring world leaders and public figures from around the world to commit to ambitious, but achievable, climate targets.

In a written foreword for the brochure of the Global Investment Summit, released ahead of the reception at Windsor Castle, the Queen shared her views about the threat facing the environment.

Referencing the “common goal of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic” the Queen said the global community had “achieved scientific breakthroughs faster than was ever expected”.

© Getty The Queen welcomes Bill Gates at a reception inside Windsor Castle on October 19.

“It has been a reminder that the diversity of thinking and experiences that this collaboration brings is not only of social benefit, but imperative for innovation and transformation,” Her Majesty said.

The Queen said it was “working together against seemingly insurmountable obstacles” that brought about “technologies that change the world”.

She pointed to “breaking the Enigma code” by the team at Bletchley Park during World War II as an example.

But, the Queen said, “the challenge of today is not in breaking a code. It is in working together across the globe to avert the challenges of climate change”.

© Getty Queen Elizabeth greets John Kerry during a reception for international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle.

“It is our shared responsibility, of those in government, business, and civil society, to rise to this challenge.

“I am proud of how the United Kingdom is seeking to secure a sustainable future, yet there is still much more to do.

“This summit is not just a showcase, but an opportunity to come together and, in the generous spirit of collaboration, forge new partnerships.”

Last week, Her Majesty was overheard in conversation speaking about COP26 saying it was “irritating” when people “talk but don’t do”.

© Getty Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive to greet guests for the Global Investment Summit.

It is widely believed the Queen was referring to world leaders who hadn’t yet committed to attending the conference.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison later confirmed his attendance after it was assumed the Queen had been speaking about him.

Days earlier Prince Charles had expressed his dismay about Mr Morrison’s failure to commit.

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