On the last day of his trip to Singapore for the Earthshot Awards, Prince William got candid about how he perceives his role in the royal family. "Previously the family have been very much spotlighting brilliantly and going round and highlighting lots," he told reporters. "I want to go a step further—I want to actually bring change."
His desire to make an impact was evident during his visit to Singapore, where he was celebrating the third annual Earthshot Awards. The Prince of Wales spent time meeting local Singaporeans and learning about how local organizations "are working to protect and restore our planet – from tackling the illegal wildlife trade and protecting the rainforest to incubating and scaling cutting edge innovations," per Kensington Palace.
During the awards ceremony, which took place last night, William gave a speech. "The last year has been one of great change and even greater challenge," he said. "A year in which the effects of the climate crisis have become too visible to be ignored. And a year that has left so many feeling defeated, their hope dwindling. However, as we have seen tonight, hope does remain"
Here, see the best photos from Prince William's four-day trip to Singapore:
Prince William at Gardens by the Bay on the third day of his trip, where he was set to meet the Earthshot Prize finalists.
William, center, poses for a photo with 2023 Earthshot Prize Finalists at Gardens by the Bay. "We are coming [with the support] of thousands of people. Those thousands of people are full of hope," Constantino Aucca, the president and co-founder of Acción Andina, a winner, told T&C. "We are trying to the best that we can do to try to fill that hope. We want to continue doing more for this Mother Earth—and this Earthshot Prize can help us. We are planting millions of trees; and to plant millions of trees, we need a lot of help. "
Upon his arrival at Jewel Changi Airport, there was an adorable moment where an 8-month-old name Albane held onto the Prince's finger.
At the awards ceremony, Prince William spoke with actress Hannah Waddingham, one of the co-hosts of the evening.
The Prince posed for a photo with Cate Blanchett, a member of the Earthshot Prize council.
Prince William wore a recycled outfit: a green velvet blazer he wore to the awards in 2021, which the Palace says has been in his closet for a decade.
On the final day, the Prince joined Lawrence Wong, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister, at the TreeTop Walk in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
There were long-tailed Macaque monkeys looking on during the TreeTop Walk.
On the second day of his visit, Prince William (center, in a black baseball cap), joined members of the British Dragons for dragon boating on the Kallang River.
He chatted with the club, looking casual in a white polo and a black baseball cap.
Even princes are caught making funny faces, as pictured during his visit to EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy at Nanyang Technological University, "to highlight the importance of incubators to environmental innovators," on the third day of his visit.
He greeted members of the public upon his arrival in Singapore.
Prince William and Sim Ann, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Senior Minister of State for National Development look out at the scene at Jewel Changi Airport.
Prince William looks focused as he uses forensic equipment to learn how to perform DNA sequencing tests at the Centre for Wildlife Forensics at Lim Chu Kang.
Singapore's famous skyway at Gardens by the Bay is lit green for the Earthshot Awards.
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