© Reuters. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers a speech in the debating hall of the Scottish Parliament to mark the official start of the sixth session of parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain, on October 2, 2021. Jane Barlow / Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s attention will be on Scotland for next month’s climate summit, Queen Elizabeth told Scottish lawmakers on Saturday, adding that they would play an important role in building a better and healthier world. .
The queen inaugurated the Scottish parliament on Saturday with affectionate remarks, four months after an election that produced a pro-independence majority pledging to hold a new referendum on the UK’s exit.
Next month, Britain will host the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, which British officials see as the last chance for world leaders to commit to firm targets to cut emissions over the next decade and prevent catastrophic global warming.
“The eyes of the world will be on the UK, and Scotland in particular, as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change,” Elizabeth said in a speech.
“There is a key role for the Scottish Parliament, as for all parliaments, to help create a better and healthier future for all of us, and to engage with the people they represent, especially our young people.”
Elizabeth will attend COP26 events. His family, including his son, Prince Charles, and his grandson, Prince William, have long been activists on a number of environmental issues.
The 95-year-old monarch, who lives part of the year on her Scottish estate, spoke fondly of her time there with Prince Philip, her 70-year-old husband who died in April.
“I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories that Prince Philip and I have always had of our time here,” he said.
Although Scottish independence is considered a political issue on which the Queen should not take a public position, her warm words for Scotland are sometimes portrayed in the media as part of a charm offensive to help persuade the Scots. to stay.
Scotland has been a part of the United Kingdom for over 300 years. Since 1999, it has had its own parliament and a delegated administration responsible for most national policies.
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