Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. Her family was reunited at her Scottish estate after concerns about her health increased on Thursday. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.
Queen Elizabeth’s contribution to environment
According to official information from the British monarchy, “the Queen sponsorships and charities cover a wide range of topics, from opportunities for young people to preserving wildlife and the environment. Having Her Majesty as Patron or Royal President provides vital publicity for the work of these organizations and allows her enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised.
In her duties, Queen Elizabeth II is the president or royal patron of more than 600 charities, covering areas such as the arts and culture, the health sector, the financing of science and technology and multiple causes that support the preservation of the environment and wildlife.
Elizabeth II has a direct relationship with the Prime Minister of England, and also maintains visits to crown charities and schools. The Queen is the Royal Patron or President of more than 600 charities within the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, ranging from supporting young people to preserving the environment and wildlife.
When Queen Elizabeth II welcomed billionaire business leaders, presidential envoys and tech entrepreneurs to Windsor Castle this month, she took the opportunity to drive home a message close to her heart: climate change must be combated.
She told industry titans gathered for a reception after a government investment summit that she was “proud” of how the UK is moving towards a sustainable future, but “there is still so much more to do”. The head of state, who has been resting after a short stay in hospital following the event, also urged nations to “rise to the challenge” and avoid the problems associated with climate change.
Her eco friendly life
Her family is doing her part. From electric cars running on alternative fuels and international awards for environmentally friendly initiatives, to pioneering hydroelectric systems or the simple approach of planting trees, they are taking a stand against climate change.
Since 1994, the queen has been using a combined heat and power system in the palace to increase efficiency, helping to reduce the royal household’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy costs and reliance on the National Grid.
Energy consumption is controlled through a network of more than 60 smart meters installed throughout the estate, which allows areas for improvement to be identified and targeted.
- Outside, her gardens have not been forgotten and are now home to four beehives and a wildlife scheme that has 320 different types of wildflowers and attracts more than 40 species of birds. The queen is currently testing energy-efficient LED lighting, which uses 86 per cent less electricity and has a longer lifespan throughout the property.
- The hives are kept on an island in the middle of the garden’s lake, which is covered with grasses, giving them immediate access to approximately 350 types of wildflowers and 600 plants.
- In 2017, a royal family spokesperson told The Mirror that the Queen had expanded her electric vehicle fleet, adding an eco-friendly Nissan van.
- The collection already included a Renault Twizy, a BMW i3 and a BMW 7 Series Hybrid. The spokesman said the Buckingham Palace garden team will use the van to “transport machinery, plants and staff”.
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