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Prince William Extends Warm Tribute to Steve Irwin’s Legacy at Environmental Gala

In a heartfelt tribute that resonated through the environmental community, Prince William conveyed a message of gratitude and admiration to the family of the late Steve Irwin. This commendation came during a video speech at the Steve Irwin Gala in Las Vegas, an event dedicated to the conservation efforts championed by Irwin.

The Prince of Wales praised the enduring legacy of the environmentalist, saying, “Tonight is all about conservation and continuing Steve’s global mission to protect life on our planet.” He elaborated on Irwin’s dreams, “His dream was to have the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance. But most of all, he wanted a future for our children.” Irwin, who tragically passed away in 2006 after an encounter with a stingray, remains a celebrated figure in wildlife conservation, via People.

The message, released by Wildlife Warriors—the charity founded by Irwin and his wife Terri in 2002 and still actively led by Terri and their daughter Bindi—underscored a shared vision for environmental stewardship. “Advocating for the preservation of life on our planet … is a passion I share,” William expressed, linking this initiative to his own efforts through the Earthshot Prize, which seeks innovative solutions to environmental challenges with significant annual awards.

Prince William conveyed his deep appreciation for the Irwin family’s contributions to conservation: “I’m hugely grateful to the Irwins for their work. I’m proud to join you virtually tonight to celebrate their work through Wildlife Warriors.” He highlighted the charity’s global impact, emphasizing the importance of making environmentally conscious choices for the planet’s future.

In a broader context, the video also marked a continuation of Prince William’s royal engagements amid personal challenges. His wife, Kate, has been less visible, undergoing preventative chemotherapy for cancer. During a recent visit to Cornwall, when inquired about Kate’s well-being, William replied, “She’s doing well, thank you, yes.” This response came as one of the few updates since the Princess of Wales announced her cancer treatment following major surgery in January.

Beyond his environmental advocacy, Prince William’s trip included engagements across Cornwall, where he engaged with various community and environmental projects. His visit to the Isles of Scilly was a highlight, where he playfully shared his children’s envy of his solo journey. The prince’s visit underscored his ongoing commitment to both his royal duties and environmental causes, demonstrating a balance of public service and personal resilience amidst his family’s health concerns.

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