King Charles to host Buckingham Palace reception after decision not to attend Cop27 – The Telegraph

King Charles to host Buckingham Palace reception after decision not to attend Cop27 – The Telegraph

The monarch is said to be accepting of government advice not to fly to event
The King is to host a reception for international leaders at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Cop27 summit, as he finds a way to support the environment conference despite not attending in person.
The King is said to have “mutually agreed” not to fly to the conference in person on the advice of the Government, in a decision upheld by the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
He will instead host an event for business leaders, NGOs, experts and decision-makers at the palace, shortly before Cop27 gets underway in Sharm El Sheikh.
Among the guests expected to attend are Mr Sunak, Alok Sharma, the president for last year’s UN Climate Change Conference, and members of the Cabinet.
International guests will also be invited, brought together by the King’s long-standing efforts to convene experts to find solutions to climate change.
While Prince of Wales, he had originally planned to attend the conference in person and was expected to speak.
After he became King, The Telegraph revealed he would no longer be going. It later emerged he had been advised against it by former prime minister Liz Truss.
Downing Street confirmed the same advice had been offered by Mr Sunak’s regime, with a “unanimous” decision between the Government and Buckingham Palace that it “would not be the right occasion for the King to visit in person”.
On Friday, The Telegraph reported that the King would find other ways to support Cop27.
It can now be revealed that this will be in the form of hosting a daytime reception for key figures ahead of the summit to discuss the issues they face.
It will be seen as something of a truce after the Government’s advice appeared at odds with the King’s decades-old willingness to address the most pressing issues facing the environment.
Denying that the King was disappointed not to go to Egypt himself, a source added: “He is entirely accepting of his role, and a way has been found to engage with the work of Cop27 in mutual agreement with the Government."
The Buckingham Palace reception, due to be held in the daytime later this week, will include politicians travelling to Cop27.
The King is not likely to give a formal speech, although his own initiatives including the Sustainable Markets Initiative – his project to bring together the private sector in support of sustainability – will feature.
No member of the Royal Family will travel to Cop27, including the new Prince of Wales who has also made saving the planet one of his key campaigning issues including his Earthshot Prize.
It is a marked contrast to Cop26 in Glasgow last year, where senior members of the family attended en masse and the late Queen Elizabeth II delivered a powerful opening message urging world leaders to find solutions to save the planet.
On Friday, Therese Coffey, the Environment Secretary, said it was "up to him" whether the King attended the summit.
Downing Street later clarified that advice about the King’s travel had been “sought and provided” under Liz Truss’s government, and had not changed with Mr Sunak.
After it was claimed the King would be “personally disappointed” to miss the event and was “all lined up to go”, a palace source previously insisted the King was mindful of his changed role following the death of his mother, and his new constitutional role.
Speaking separately in a new ITV programme entitled "Charles: Our New King", former prime minister David Cameron said he believed the King had always understood how his role must change.
“The King is the sovereign but Parliament is sovereign,” Mr Cameron told the programme, which is to be aired on Wednesday November 2.
“He understands that. I remember him saying to me: ‘I understand the difference between being the heir to the throne, where you’re perfectly entitled to get involved in issues and push for issues, and being monarch in that important constitutional role’."
He also described how the then-Prince of Wales was a sought-after dinner companion, saying: "My wife always used to say that if she was going to one of those State events, please let me sit next to Prince Charles.
“He’s the most charming, most talkative, most intelligent person she’s ever sat next to."
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