The world’s attention will be on Scotland for next month’s climate summit, Queen Elizabeth told Scottish lawmakers on Saturday, adding that she will have a key role in building a better, healthier world.
The Queen opened the Scottish Parliament on Saturday, four months after an election that promised to hold a new referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom.
Next month, Britain will host the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, which British officials bill as the last opportunity for world leaders to reduce emissions and stop catastrophic global warming for the next decade.
“The eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom – and Scotland in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change,” Elizabeth said in a speech.
“The Scottish Parliament, like all parliaments, has a vital role to play in helping to build a better, healthier future for all of us and in connecting with the people they represent, especially our young people. “
Elizabeth will attend COP26 events. Her family, including son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, have long been outspoken campaigners on environmental issues.
The 95-year-old monarch, who has lived for a few years at her Scottish estate, spoke lovingly about her time with her husband of 70 years, Prince Philip, who died in April.
“I have spoken about my deep and lasting affection for this wonderful country, and about the many happy memories Prince Philip and I have always cherished our time here,” she said.
Although Scottish independence is considered a political issue over which the Queen should not take public office, her warm words to Scotland have sometimes been reported in the media as part of a lucrative offensive to help persuade Scots to stay. is depicted as.
Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for over 300 years. Since 1999, it has its own parliament and is the administration responsible for most domestic policies.
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