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Queen and Prince Philip hand William vital new role after impressive work

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have handed their grandson, Prince William, two vital new roles following his inspiring work on wildlife conservation.

The Duke of Cambridge has taken on two new patronages – Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) – in line with his longstanding commitment to supporting communities protecting their natural environment for future generations.

The Queen has been patron of Fauna & Flora for almost seven decades, and has worked closely with them to follow their incredible work.

The organisation is committed to protecting biodiversity and threatened species around the world.

FFI is also a founding member of United for Wildlife, and was recently announced as Global Alliance Partner of The Earthshot Prize.

The other patronage William has taken on is one of his grandfather’s former positions.

Philip took on the role with the British Trust for Ornithology more than 30 years ago, after becoming interested in the cause while travelling in the Royal Yacht Britannia between New Zealand and Antarctica.

It aims to empower communities to protect local bird species and their natural habitats in order to ensure they are preserved for generations to come.

Their staff and volunteers also gather vital data to build our understanding of the natural world, providing information and evidence for conservation action.

The new appointments come after Prince William, who has been passionate about the environment his entire life, launched his new Earthshot Prize – the most prestigious global environment award in history. It will offer five, one million-pound prizes to be awarded each year for the next 10 years.

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It has been set up to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years, which experts claim is a critical decade for the Earth.

As he launched the award, he spoke about how his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis had made him even more determined to protect our planet.

During a pooled interview with UK broadcasters, William was asked about the importance of optimism and whether he tried to bring it into discussions with his family.

He replied: “I think to be perfectly honest I’m struggling to keep the optimism levels going with my own children, and that’s really kind of like a self… an understanding moment where you kind of look at yourself and go ‘am I doing enough on this?’

“Are we really at this stage in life when I can’t be hugely optimistic and pleased that my children are getting so into nature, because you kind of worry and dread they’re soon going to realise that we are in a very, very dangerous and difficult time in the environment and that as a parent, you feel you’re letting them down immediately.

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“So, having watched so many David Attenborough documentaries recently with my children, they absolutely love them, the most recent one – the extinction one – actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through.

“He said to me you know I don’t want to watch this anymore, why has it come to this and you know he’s seven years old and he’s asking me these questions already, he really feels, it and I think every 7-year-old out there can relate to that.

“So, I really feel from an emotional point of view as well I think every parent, everyone wants to do the best for their children, and I think we have to have a decade of change, a decade of repairing the planet so that we can hand it on to the next generation and future generations and sustain the prosperity for their lives too.”

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