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queen irritated by leaders who just talk about climate change

The Queen made a rare public intervention on the climate change crisis yesterday, saying she is 'irritated' by people who 'talk but don't do'.

She made the pointed comment while attending the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff.

The 95-year-old monarch was speaking to the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament's presiding officer, when her remarks were picked up on the event's live stream.

The Queen referred to the upcoming Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow, which she and other senior royals are due to attend. She said: 'Extraordinary isn't it... I've been hearing all about Cop... still don't know who is coming... no idea.

'We only know about people who are not coming... It's really irritating when they talk, but they don't do.'

Her Majesty is believed to share concerns in government about who will attending Cop26 in just two weeks time after Boris Johnson was warned China's President Xi would not be there in person.

Organisers fear his snub could lead to China refusing to set new climate change goals amid the ongoing global energy crisis.

Others still not confirmed to be attending the UN conference are Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro have also not committed to being in Glasgow for the event.

US President Joe Biden confirmed only yesterday that he will attend. America's charge d'affaires to the UK, Philip Reeker, said the summit in Glasgow will be 'a pivotal moment on the road towards a more secure, prosperous and sustainable future for our planet'.

How if China does not commit to new action, the prospect of keeping global warming to 1.5C could well be scuppered. The country is responsible for 27 per cent of global carbon emissions.

the second time this week, expressed the remarks abotu world leaders emphatically and gesticulated with her gloved hand.

Miss Jones replied: 'Exactly. It's a time for doing... and watching your grandson [Prince William] on the television this morning saying there's no point going to space, we need to save the Earth.'

The Queen smiled proudly and said: 'Yes, I read about it.'

The remarks were a rare public insight into the politically neutral – and tight-lipped – monarch's personal views on an issue of global importance.

She attended the Welsh parliament alongside Camilla and the Prince of Wales, a committed environmentalist who made similar remarks this week.

The Queen did famously say she hoped 'people will think very carefully about the future' ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, which was viewed by many as a direct attempt to influence the vote.

Yesterday's remarks, although also made in a public setting, were not political – simply a personal expression of frustration at inaction on climate change.

Although the Queen has left environmental campaigning to her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, her son Charles, and grandson William, it is an issue she quietly takes a great interest in.

In a speech to the Scottish parliament earlier this month, she said: 'Next month, I will be attending Cop26 events in Glasgow. The eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom – and Scotland, in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.

'There is a key role for the Scottish parliament, as with all parliaments, to help create a better, healthier future for us all, and to engage with the people they represent – especially our young people.'

In 2019, she used her Christmas speech to praise young climate change activists and their sense of purpose.

She has also introduced environmentally friendly initiatives at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences, including monitoring energy consumption through a network of smart meters, installing energy-efficient LED lighting where possible and using combined heat and power plants and boilers to convert natural gas into electricity.

The 95-year-old monarch was speaking to the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament's presiding officer, when her remarks were picked up on the event's live stream

US President Joe Biden confirmed only yesterday that he would attend COP26 - it will be his second trip to the UK as President of the United States following the G7 summit in Cornwall back in June

minister Scott Morrison Russian leader Vladimir Putin (right)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

Brazil prime minister Jair Bolsonaro

Chinese president Xi Jinping

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