Prince William surprises students with visit to Cardiff Met for environmental event

Prince William surprises students with visit to Cardiff Met for environmental event

The Prince of Wales was attending an event at the university organised by his charity, the Earthshot Prize

Prince William surprised students at Cardiff Met when he visited the university for an environmental event.

The Prince of Wales attended the university for an event celebrating the Welsh seaweed industry on June 11, organised by his charity, The Earthshot Prize.

In 2020, Prince William created The Earthshot Prize to encourage environmental innovation around the world, encouraging breakthroughs that will help restore the planet.

To this end, five people are selected each year to receive £1 million in recognition of their contributions to environmental goals.

The award was described by Kensington Palace as “hugely successful” and the most prestigious global environmental prize in history.

During his time at university, he toured Cardiff Met’s ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, which is world renowned for providing comprehensive support to food businesses using the university’s expertise in areas such as food science, nutrition, dietetics, food law and other related fields.

His Royal Highness also spent time talking to students, members of the public and staff, who came to meet the future King.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor Professor Rachael Langford welcomed Prince William on Tuesday, saying: “We were delighted to welcome The Prince of Wales to the university and to have the opportunity to discuss some of the significant innovations in food science and sustainability happening through the university’s partnerships here in Wales.

“This visit underscored Cardiff Metropolitan University’s commitment to working with our partners to pioneer sustainable practices and research with real-world impact that benefits both the environment and the economy.”

Derek Walker, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, co-hosted the seaweed event alongside environmental charity Prince Williams. Mr Walker said: “With a coastline of 1,680 miles and being surrounded by water on three sides, it seems obvious that Wales should be exploring the benefits of seaweed.

“Having seen the results of some of the work already being done in Wales, I am excited about the possibility of seaweed becoming Wales’ new superpower.”

Featured image credit: Cardiff Metropolitan University

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