© Reuters Britain’s Queen Elizabeth addresses the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament on the occasion of the official opening of the October 6th session in Edinburgh, Scotland. Via Jane Barlow / Pool Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s attention will be focused on Scotland for next month’s climate conference, Queen Elizabeth told Scottish lawmakers on Saturday they would play a key role in building a better, healthier world.
The Queen inaugurated the Scottish Parliament on Saturday with affectionate remarks, four months after an election to restore a pro-independence majority by promising a new referendum on leaving the UK.
Next month, the UK will host the COP26 climate conference in Scotland, which British officials have billed as a last chance for world leaders to commit to targets to reduce emissions and prevent global disasters for the next decade.
“The world’s focus will be on the United Kingdom, and Scotland in particular – as leaders work together to address the challenges of climate change,” Elizabeth said in a statement.
“The Scottish Parliament has an important role to play, as in all parliaments, to create a better, healthier future for all of us and to engage with the people who represent them, especially our youth.”
Elizabeth will attend the COP26 event. Her family, including son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, have long been vocal advocates on environmental issues.
Scott, a 5-year-old king who lived on her Scottish estate for some time of the year, died there in April with her husband, Prince Philip, who is 0 years old.
“I speak of my deep and enduring 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, where the Queen should not take any public position, her warm words for Scotland are sometimes highlighted in the media as part of an interesting attack to help persuade Scots to stay.
Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for over 300 years. Since 1999, it has had its own parliament and the administration responsible for most domestic policies.
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