Prince Charles visited Kew Gardens today where he met the President of Gabon on a visit on the topic of sustainable business and biodiversity.
The heir to the throne, 72, looked in good spirits as he visited the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Jordell Laboratory in west London.
The Prince of Wales has witnessed first-hand the efforts of the Royal Botanic Garden to promote biodiversity around the world and in particular in relation to the effort.
He was joined by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, with whom he met CEOs who participated in his Sustainable Markets Initiative.
The program was presented by Prince Charles at the World Economic Forum 2020 annual meeting in Davos and involves a 10-point action plan to launch sustainable business ideas into the 2020s.
Prince Charles, 72, today visited the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, southwest London, alongside President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba
The future ruler had a warm chat with Chairman of the Trustees Amelia Fawcett and a staff member during her visit, pictured
The Prince of Wales took a tour of the gardens by Amelia Fawcett and learned about the garden’s biodiversity efforts
Prince Charles looked in high spirits during the visit, where he was greeted by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Trustee Chair Amelia Fawcett.
Wearing an elegant navy blue pinstripe suit, crisp white shirt and light blue scarf, he greeted President Bongo Ondimba, who wore a similar navy suit with a pink and blue tie.
The duo first visited the Herbarium, followed respectfully by the CEOs of SMI who participated in the visit.
Charles, led by Amelia Fawcett and an anonymous staff member, dressed in an elegant navy velvet jacket over a floral dress, was shown in the Gardens, where he learned about the biodiversity efforts that Kew pursues around the world .
Surprised visitors who had paused on one of the garden benches greeted Prince Charles and the cohort of CEOs
The future monarch and a select group of visitors made their way to the Jodrell Lab, where he learned more about the connection between Kew Gardens’ diversity efforts and business.
Prince Charles appeared in good spirits as he greeted Ali Bongo Ondimba at Kew Herbatorium today, pictured
The Prince of Wales chatted with Kew staff members with his usual warmth during the visit.
Surprised visitors casually greeted the future ruler during the tour, to which he responded with good humor.
The group then went to the Jodrell laboratory, where a specialist explained in more detail the sustainability efforts undertaken at Kew, particularly in relations with companies.
The presentation seemed to focus on bouquets of lavender, which were wedged in a tube in front of visitors.
A handful of CEOs selected from the larger group were allowed to tour the lab with Charles.
Charles and President Ali waited solemnly with Alicia Fawcett before the visit began in earnest
The first in line to the throne appeared relaxed and ready to seize the day as he exited his car, pictured
Something caught Prince Charles’ attention when he visited the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew with the CEOs of his Sustainable Markets initiative, pictured
Charles’s Sustainable Markets Council aims to advocate for sustainable markets around the world with the help of businesses, financial institutions and governments.
His initiative hopes to “find ways to quickly decarbonize the global economy and transition to sustainable markets,” Clarence House said today.
A spokesperson for Charles added at the launch of the program that it “also brings together leading international figures from the private, public and philanthropic sectors.”
Charles is the Royal Family’s best-known and most passionate environmental activist and recently spoke about how he believes climate change is reaching a ‘point of no return’.
Speaking in November 2019 during his tour of New Zealand, Charles said he fears for the future of his grandchildren as the world faces “an urgent global crisis”.
He added that humans have been in a “centuries-old dizzying spending frenzy” with the planet’s resources and that we are facing a “climate and biodiversity emergency.”
Charles has been speaking openly about climate change for years – and last year it was revealed that he tried to convince US President Donald Trump that he was serious.
Speaking at Clarence House in July 2019, Charles warned that the next 18 months were essential for humanity to survive the impact of climate change.
The prince said the future of our species – as well as the world’s wildlife – could be decided in a series of crucial United Nations meetings between world leaders.
Charles led the group at the start of the tour, listening intently to Amelia Fawcett as she discussed Kew’s foray into biodiversity
The Prince of Wales looked elegant in a pinstripe suit and crisp white shirt. His tie was a delicate light blue, and he had chosen a gray pocket square
Charles presented an animation during his visit today as a specialist gave a presentation in the lab, pictured