Charles III – Britain’s First Green King

As Queen Elizabeth is laid to rest, the new monarch King Charles III is likely to continue lobbying for the environment, sustainability, mental health and well-being as he takes over British royalty’s top job. 

He has championed the environment, and green causes, long before it became fashionable to do so. Britain’s new king made his first public speech about safeguarding the environment in 1970. Today he’s involved in projects that span agriculture, fashion, textiles and skills training for underprivileged at-risk youths.

The Prince’s Trust is the charity founded by Charles in 1976 to help vulnerable young people with job training and education. 

In 1990, Charles founded Duchy Organics to sell organic food products from his estate in Cornwall. Since then it has become a leading organic and natural food brand, which is now operated in partnership with the British supermarket Waitrose. Its aim is to help small and medium sized producers, and all profits go to charitable causes.

In 2020, he launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) at the World Economic Forum at Davos. The aim of which is to encourage economies to operate “in favour of people and planet.” It committed to being “leaders and exemplars” to the global fashion, textile and apparel sectors, working to accelerate the transition toward a more sustainable future.

Charles inherited his father’s passion for environmental causes. Prince Philip was the first president of the World Wildlife Fund U.K. from its foundation in 1961 to 1982, and president of WWF-International from 1981 to 1996.  Prince William also shares this commitment to the environment and founded the Earthshot Prize, an annual award to five winners for their contributions to environmentalism. Queen Elizabeth was proud that Charles and Prince William had inherited her late husband’s passion for conservation.


Author: Sylvia Jacobs

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