In a statement, the Williams said they were “delighted” to be back in the country, adding: “We are very grateful to Governor Baker and the First Lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome to Boston. ” he said.
“I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts, especially the people of Boston, for the great respect they have shown the late Queen on my first trip abroad since my grandmother’s death,” William said. “She remembered 1976 Bicentennial visit with great affection.
Their visit begins with a welcome event in Boston City Hall Square Mayor Michelle Wu is scheduled to meet with them at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, “rain or shine,” Eamon Shelton, the city’s wealth management commissioner, told reporters this week. rice field.
“We expect heavy rain,” Shelton said. “Please bring me an umbrella.”
Staying in Bostonthe royal couple will also visit Roca, a youth development organization in Chelsea, and Greentown Labs in Somerville. I will be taking a tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester.
The visit culminates with William and Kate attending The award ceremony “Earth Shot Award” where stars gather at Fenway’s MGM Music Hall on Friday. It’s his second time at the Boston event that the environmental award is given to a group of innovators.
William remembered Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September, as one of “life’s optimists,” and said their common traits inspired her to launch the Earthshot Awards.
“My grandmother was one of life’s optimists, and so am I,” he said in a statement. We launched the Earthshot Awards with the ambition of creating a global platform for
Events at Town Hall Square could draw thousands of people, Shelton said. It is open to the public and features Wu’s speech. Prince William; Ambassador Caroline Kennedy; and Mariama White Hammond, Boston’s director of environment, energy and open spaces.
Thankfully, Shelton said, “This square was built for the masses.”
“This is an opportunity to introduce Boston to the world,” he said.
Anticipating traffic, Shelton advised those planning to attend the event to take public transportation and arrive early.
there will be heavy security The royal visit includes both British law enforcement officials and the US State Department’s Foreign Affairs and Security Service. Wu told WBUR on Monday that much preparation had been made prior to William and Kate’s arrival to ensure the visit went smoothly.
“We’re really excited about the itinerary, the issues that will be discussed, the opportunity to walk and see some of the infrastructure up close, and even the awards ceremony that week,” Wu said.
As for whether Wu serves tea and crumpets?
“That’s undecided,” Shelton said with a laugh.
British delicacies or not, William said he and Kate are enthusiastic about visiting Boston.
“Thank you to the people of Boston. I am so grateful for your permission to host the second year of the Earthshot Awards in your great city,” he said in a statement. “Katherine and I look forward to seeing many of you in the future.”
Globe staff members Emily Sweeney and Emma Platoff contributed to this report.