‘None of us will live forever!’ Queen makes stark admission

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'None of us will live forever!' Queen makes stark admission
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‘None of us will live forever!’ Queen makes stark admission as she appears virtually at the COP26 climate summit.

The Queen appeared virtually at the United Nations’ COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday, November 1. She seemed to accept her own mortality.

The Queen had intended to attend the summit in person. Due to recent health issues, she attended virtually instead. The 95-year-old Queen appeared in a pre-recorded video. The video had been recorded at Windsor Castle. The Queen warned the world that now is the time to act against climate change. She even seemed to admit her mortality.

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The video from Windsor’s White Drawing Room lasted 252 seconds. The Queen commented: “Of course, the benefits of such actions will not be there to enjoy for all of us here today.

“None of us will live forever.

“But we are doing this not for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children and those that will follow in their footsteps.”


The monarch added: “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 answered the call of those future generations.

“That you left this conference as a community of nations with a determination, a desire, and a plan, to address the impact of climate change; and to recognise that the time for words has now moved to the time for action.”


World leaders watched the video in Glasgow. During the video, the Queen also commented on the work of Prince Philip.

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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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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