The Earthshot Prize Ceremony Preceded by Prince William’s Participation in Dragon Boating

by Ethan Kim
Earthshot Prize Ceremony

Prior to the commencement of the Earthshot Prize award events, Prince William joined an invigorating session of dragon boating in Singapore on Monday, demonstrating a commitment to environmental innovation.

Equipped with a life jacket and sporting a black cap, the Prince took his place in the slender vessel alongside members of the British Dragons team to navigate the waters of the Kallang River. With determined strokes, he and 19 fellow rowers propelled the boat, keeping time with the rhythm set by a drummer positioned at the front.

In a friendly competition, the Prince’s team emerged victorious against another team led by the British High Commissioner Kara Owen. The Prince is no stranger to the sport, having previously partaken in dragon boating during a Canadian tour in 2011 with his wife, Kate, the Princess of Wales.

The roots of dragon boat racing stretch back two millennia to China, and it was officially recognized as an international sport in 1976.

Laura Greenwood, a British expatriate and member of the British Dragons, expressed her delight at paddling alongside the Prince, praising his amiable nature and noting his previous experience with the sport that enabled him to comfortably keep pace with the team’s swift movements.

At the age of 41, William arrived in Singapore on Sunday for the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, marking the first occasion it is hosted in Asia. The global environmental competition was initiated in 2020 by William and his Royal Foundation to encourage groundbreaking approaches to addressing climate change and restoring ecological balance.

During the gala on Tuesday, the Prince will deliver a speech, and the winners will be announced across five categories: nature conservation, air purification, ocean restoration, waste reduction, and climate action.

Each of the five winners will receive 1 million pounds (approximately $1.2 million) to advance their initiatives for broader international application. Support will also be provided to all 15 finalists, who have been chosen from a pool of 1,300 nominations across six continents this year.

The event will feature Hannah Waddingham and Sterling K. Brown as co-hosts and will see the attendance of distinguished guests such as wildlife conservationist Robert Irwin, Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, and actors Lana Condor and Nomzamo Mbatha.

The Earthshot Prize draws its name from President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “moonshot” address, which set an ambitious goal for the American people. This historical reference fuels the Prince’s vision to achieve a similar scale of environmental solutions by the year 2030.

The ceremony was first held in London in 2021, followed by Boston in the subsequent year.

The choice of Singapore as this year’s venue by the Prince’s team at Kensington Palace highlights the city-state’s reputation as a nexus for innovation in the Southeast Asian region.

In his first visit to Singapore since 2012, over a four-day period, Prince William is scheduled to meet President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The Prince’s agenda also includes participation in the United for Wildlife summit, which gathers law enforcement, conservation groups, and business leaders to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, a market valued at $20 billion a year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Earthshot Prize Ceremony

What is the Earthshot Prize that Prince William is involved with?

The Earthshot Prize is an annual global competition launched by Prince William and his Royal Foundation in 2020. It aims to encourage and promote innovative solutions to environmental problems, with a focus on repairing the planet and combating global warming. Winners in five categories receive substantial financial support to help scale their projects globally.

Did Prince William participate in any activities prior to the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Singapore?

Yes, Prince William participated in a dragon boat racing event with the British Dragons club on the Kallang River in Singapore. This activity was part of the lead-up to the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.

How does dragon boating fit into Prince William’s visit to Singapore?

Dragon boating was a sporting event that Prince William took part in during his visit. It served as a precursor to the more formal Earthshot Prize ceremony and highlighted his personal interest in sport and teamwork.

Who will be hosting the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony and which celebrities are expected to attend?

The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will be co-hosted by actors Hannah Waddingham and Sterling K. Brown. Celebrities expected to attend include wildlife conservationist Robert Irwin, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, and actors Lana Condor and Nomzamo Mbatha.

What is the significance of the Earthshot Prize’s name?

The Earthshot Prize’s name is inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “moonshot” speech, which set an ambitious goal for the U.S. to reach the moon. In a similar vein, the Earthshot Prize sets a goal to find solutions to environmental issues by 2030.

What was the reason behind choosing Singapore as the venue for this year’s Earthshot Prize ceremony?

Singapore was selected to host the Earthshot Prize ceremony due to its role as a “hub for innovation” in Southeast Asia, according to the Prince’s office at Kensington Palace.

What other events is Prince William expected to attend during his visit to Singapore?

Apart from the Earthshot Prize ceremony, Prince William is expected to meet Singapore President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and attend the United for Wildlife summit, which aims to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.

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GreenSolutions November 6, 2023 - 10:42 am

Great to see leaders n celebs getting serious about climate change, gives hope for the future ya know

Sandra91 November 6, 2023 - 3:40 pm

wow just read about Prince William going dragon boating thats pretty cool. he’s really into the environment huh

HistoryBuff November 6, 2023 - 4:46 pm

dragon boating goes way back, cool to see traditions kept alive and used for a good cause like the earthshot prize, also good job on the win

TommyG November 6, 2023 - 7:58 pm

i saw the pics, he’s got good form for a royal, not often u see that. dragon boating is harder than it looks!

LeeInSingapore November 6, 2023 - 8:33 pm

As a Singaporean, it’s amazing to have such a high profile event here, puts us on the map for innovation, also the prince meeting our leaders is big news!

EcoWarrior November 7, 2023 - 12:13 am

Love what the Earthshot prize is about, it’s what we need more of, big names pushing for change, go William!

RachelM November 7, 2023 - 5:10 am

He always seems to do interesting stuff, last time he was playing soccer now its boats, Prince of Action right there


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