Kate & Wills grin as they arrive for games with kids for Earthshot event at Kew

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Prince William and Kate Middleton meet school children in London today.

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The couple is visiting Kew Gardens to inspire students to come up with bold new ideas to save the planet.

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Kate and Wills meeting local school children on a tour of Kew Gardens this afternooncredits: PA
The royals are promoting William's Earthshot initiative

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The royals are promoting William’s Earthshot initiativecredits: PA

Kate looked gorgeous in green as she shook hands with the youth and teachers.

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The Duchess of Cambridge last dusted off an emerald Erdem coat she wore for an outing in 2016.

She paired it with a short sleeve green jumper and wide leg black trousers.

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William wore a dark blue suit and light blue shirt for the event, but left a formal tie at home.

The Royals were joined today by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, TV presenter and explorer Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover.

Youth from The Heathland School in Hounslow are participating in a series of challenges with dignitaries this afternoon.

The event is part of William’s environmental initiative Generation Earthshot.

He told TODAY: “Education is an important part of protecting our planet – we must inspire optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to pursue these solutions in the next generation and continue to build a more sustainable future.”

The trip is taking place in the middle of a big week for Cambridge.

Both William and Kate were expected to attend the Earthshot Awards ceremony later this week at the Alexandra Palace, which will be broadcast to a global audience via the BBC and Discovery+.

The prize is a £50 million fund to develop ideas to tackle global warming.

It has been dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize for the Environment’ – and William says it is “the most ambitious environmental prize in history”.

‘Environmental Nobel Prize’

The finalists include a 14-year-old inventor from India working to improve air quality across India and the country of Costa Rica for a pioneering plan to restore the rainforest.

William first dreamed up the idea during a visit to Nairobi in 2018 – and decided to introduce the prize after being intimidated by “predicted by cliff edge scientists, yet determined not to give up”.

The prince said he was inspired by the work done by his father Charles and his grandfather Philip.

“Following in his footsteps, I have seen people around the world face challenges that seem insurmountable, yet come together with collective ambition and a sense of finding solutions to them,” he said.

Philip, who died earlier this year, was a passionate conservationist.

He served as President of WWF-UK between 1961 and 1982, and was President Emeritus of WWF International until his death.

During his time in charity supporting environmental issues, he visited more than 50 countries to promote his work.

royal nature lovers

Meanwhile, Charles is a noted conservationist – and this week he revealed that his Aston Martin DB6 Volante, which he’s owned since 1970, runs on eco-friendly byproducts of wine and cheese.

Richard Attenborough is also among those who contributed to the Earthshot scheme.

The National Treasure has penned parts of William’s new book Earthshot: How to Save the Planet.

The 95-year-old said: “Nature can heal – sometimes with our help and sometimes when just left alone.”

William and Kate are known to share their love of nature with their three children.

In August, Princess Charlotte was photographed by her mother gently clutching a red admiral in her hands as she attended the Big Butterfly Count in Norfolk.

Wills was seen listening intently while talking to the school children

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Wills was seen listening intently while talking to the school children

Kate Middleton stuns in gray as she heads back to school to visit University College

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