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Prince Charles Visits Kew Gardens With Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba

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Prince Charles visited Kew Gardens today, where he met the President of Gabon during a visit themed to sustainable businesses and biodiversity.

The 72-year-old heir to the throne looked cheerful during the visit of the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Jordell Laboratory in west London.

The Prince of Wales witnessed the Royal Botanic Garden’s efforts to promote biodiversity around the world and in particular in relation to effort.

He was accompanied by the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, with whom he met CEOs who have participated in his Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Introduced by Prince Charles at the World Economic Forum 2020 annual meeting in Davos, the program includes a 10-point action plan to kickstart sustainable business ideas in the 2020s.

Prince Charles, 72, visited the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, in South West London, today with Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba

The future sovereign chatted warmly with the chair of the trustees Amelia Fawcett and a staffer during his visit, pictured

The future sovereign chatted warmly with the chair of the trustees Amelia Fawcett and a staffer during his visit, pictured

The Prince of Wales was taken on a tour of the gardens by Amelia Fawcett and learned more about the garden's biodiversity efforts

The Prince of Wales was taken on a tour of the gardens by Amelia Fawcett and learned more about the garden’s biodiversity efforts

Prince Charles looked cheerful during the visit, where he was greeted by Amelia Fawcett, the chairman of the trustees of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Dressed in a smart pinstripe navy suit, crisp white shirt and light blue scarf, he greeted President Bongo Ondimba, who wore a similar navy suit with a pink and blue tie.

The pair toured the Herbarium first, followed respectfully by the SMI CEOs who took part in the visit.

Charles, led by Amelia Fawcett and an unnamed staff member, dressed in a stylish navy blue velvet jacket over a floral dress, was shown around the grounds of the gardens where he learned about Kew’s biodiversity efforts across the globe. world.

Surprised visitors who had taken a break on one of the benches in the garden waved at Prince Charles and the cohort of CEOs

Surprised visitors who had taken a break on one of the benches in the garden waved at Prince Charles and the cohort of CEOs

The future monarch and a select group of visitors went to the Jodrell Laboratory, where he learned more about how diversity efforts at Kew Gardens relate to business

The future monarch and a select group of visitors went to the Jodrell Laboratory, where he learned more about how diversity efforts at Kew Gardens relate to business

Prince Charles looked cheerful as he greeted Ali Bongo Ondimba at Kew's Herbatorium today, pictured

Prince Charles looked cheerful as he greeted Ali Bongo Ondimba at Kew’s Herbatorium today, pictured

The Prince of Wales spoke with Kew’s staff with his usual warmth during the visit.

Astonished visitors during the tour casually waved at the future monarch, to which he responded with good humor.

The group then moved to the Jodrell lab, where a specialist went into more detail about the sustainability efforts being made at Kew, especially in business relations.

The presentation seemed to focus on bunches of lavender, which were propped up in a tube for the visitors.

A handful of CEOs selected from the larger group were allowed to visit the lab with Charles.

Charles and President Ali solemnly waited with Alicia Fawcett before the visit began in earnest

Charles and President Ali solemnly waited with Alicia Fawcett before the visit began in earnest

First in line to the throne looked relaxed and ready to seize the day as he got out of his car, pictured

First in line to the throne looked relaxed and ready to seize the day as he got out of his car, pictured

Something caught the attention of Prince Charles during his visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew with the CEOs of his Sustainable Markets initiative, pictured

Something caught the attention of Prince Charles during his visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew with the CEOs of his Sustainable Markets initiative, pictured

Charles’ Sustainable Markets Council aims to promote sustainable markets around the world with the help of companies, financial institutions and governments.

His initiative hopes to “find ways to quickly decarbonize the global economy and make the transition to sustainable markets,” Clarence House said today.

A spokesperson for Charles added at the launch of the program that it also “brings together leading international figures from the private, public and philanthropic sectors.”

Charles is the royal family’s most well-known and passionate green campaigner and recently shared how he believes climate change is reaching a ‘tipping point’.

Speaking during his tour of New Zealand in November 2019, Charles said he feared for the future of his grandchildren as the world faces “an urgent global crisis”.

He added that people have been “spending staggering amounts of money” on the planet’s resources for centuries and that we are facing a “climate and biodiversity emergency.”

Charles has been outspoken about climate change for years — and last year it was revealed that he was trying to convince US President Donald Trump of its seriousness.

Speaking at Clarence House in July 2019, Charles warned that the next 18 months would be critical for humanity to survive the impact of climate change.

The prince said the future of our species – as well as the world’s nature – could be decided in a series of crucial UN meetings between world leaders.

Charles led the group as the visit began, listening intently to Amelia Fawcett as she discussed Kew's foray into biodiversity

Charles led the group as the visit began, listening intently to Amelia Fawcett as she discussed Kew’s foray into biodiversity

The Prince of Wales looked stylish in a pinstripe suit and crisp white shirt.  His tie was a delicate light blue and he had chosen a gray pocket square

The Prince of Wales looked stylish in a pinstripe suit and crisp white shirt. His tie was a delicate light blue and he had chosen a gray pocket square

Charles put on an animated display during his visit today as a specialist gave a presentation in the lab, pictured

Charles put on an animated display during his visit today as a specialist gave a presentation in the lab, pictured

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