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Hosted by presenters Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary, the evening featured a special appearance from natural historian (and national treasure) Sir David Attenborough, as well as performances from some of the music industry’s brightest lights – like Ed Sheeran, KSI and Yemi Alade, Shawn Mendes, and Coldplay. Coldplay’s performance was specially engineered to fit in with the eco-minded ethos of the event, powered using the energy generated by 60 cyclists. The prize winners were announced by quite the roster of illustrious names, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo and Mo Salah.

Speaking in a pre-recorded message filmed at the London Eye, William said: ‘We are alive in the most consequential time in human history… The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaking to Sir David Attenborough

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‘A decade doesn’t seem long, but humankind has an outstanding record of being able to solve the unsolvable. Many of the answers are already out there… but we need everyone – from all parts of society – to raise their ambition and unite in repairing our planet. The future is ours to determine. And if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible.’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaking with William Hague, Christiana Figueres, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and footballer Dani Alves

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