Prince William Gives Moving Speech to Military Heroes
Tuesday evening, British royal brothers, Princes William and Harry, attended the Sun Military Awards to pay tribute to the UK’s servicemen and women. The star-studded event was held at the Imperial War Museum, and was hosted by The Sun newspaper.
William told the troops it was “a privilege and an honor” to wear the same uniform as them.
“This country is blessed with its Armed Forces,” the future King said in a speech.
“These are not just words. It is the truth. Your unremitting pursuit of excellence, your humanity, your humility, your extraordinary self-discipline, your camaraderie – regardless of background – mark you out as amongst the very best in our society.
“Your loyalty to one another will mean the difference between life and death. The example you show us has penetrated the national psyche. It has drawn the British people together in an extraordinary way.
“The magnificent response up and down the country on Armistice Day this year bears powerful testimony to this. So I would say that, although you serve the country, you also show us the way.”
Prince William himself is training to be a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the RAF. Younger brother Harry served in Afghanistan in 2007.
One of the soldiers honored was Royal Marine Ben McBean, who lost an arm and a leg after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan last year. He returned home with Harry, who called the Marine, a “true hero.”
Prince Charles Speaks at UN Climate Change Summit
At the U.N. Climate Change summit in Copenhagen, the heir to the British throne urged the world to take better care of the environment, as well as scolded it for exploiting its resources.
“The grim reality is that our planet has reached a point of crisis,” Prince Charles said
But he also argued that “just as mankind had the power to push the world to the brink, so too do we have the power to bring it back into balance.”
The dedicated environmentalist, who said earlier this year that the world has less than 100 months to solve climate change, went on to say “A partial solution to climate change is no solution at all. It must be inclusive and it must be a comprehensive approach.”
“In our increasingly precarious situation — on a small, unique and precious planet — this is not a problem resolvable in terms of ‘them and us’,” he said.
“For when it comes to the air we breathe and the water we drink, there are no national boundaries.”
Prince Charles was invited by the Danish government to speak at the summit. He told the delegates that the eyes of the world were upon them, and they have the power to write the future.
Emperor Akihito Meets China’s Vice President
The Emperor of Japan met with the Chinese Vice President in what has been described as a protocol-breaking meeting. It was quickly arranged by Japan’s Prime Minister who encouraged the meeting. This, despite Vice President Xi Jinping not going through the usual procedure of waiting one month before being allowed to see Emperor Akihito.
AP Photo/The Imperial Household Agency of Japan
The two leaders met at the Emperor’s palace in central Tokyo and talked for twenty minutes. Xi was quoted by the Jiji Press Agency as telling Akihito, “I am deeply grateful you have given me the opportunity to meet you when you are busy.”
Jiji also reported the Emperor told Xi that he hoped his visit would encourage stronger ties between China and Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is being criticized for using the Emperor for politics purposes when he pushed for the Vice President to meet with the monarch even though he had applied for the meeting three weeks ago.
In order to have audience with the Emperor, one is supposed to wait at least a month.
Some right-wing Japanese people protested Xi’s visit, calling Hatoyama a traitor. Even former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his discontentment.
“I am very angry. We can’t allow the Emperor to be used for political purposes,” he said.
Since the end of World War II, the Emperor has been a figurehead monarch. That means he is barred from politics, and politicians are barred from using him as a pawn.
But the current Prime Minister does not appear to see what the fuss is all about.
“It is very regrettable to see this situation at the time when China’s Vice President Xi Jinping has come over for activities in Japan,” said Hatoyama.
“We should welcome him with more delight as he is highly likely to be the leader in future.”
Xi is expected to be China’s President by 2012. Hatoyama has expressed an interest in Japan having closer ties with the countries it once occupied before and during World War II.