Prince Charles surprises picnickers during ‘critical’ biodiversity visit to Kew Gardens

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PRINCE CHARLES shocked picnickers when he arrived at Kew Gardens with the President of Gabon for a climate change event.

Scientists concluded the bean can even withstand much warmer weather than other coffee plants.

This means it could potentially survive a climate change episode.

It is believed this could help protect the livelihoods of up to 100 million coffee farmers across the globe.

Prince Charles surprises picnickers during 'critical' biodiversity visit to Kew Gardens

Prince Charles surprises picnickers during ‘critical’ biodiversity visit to Kew Gardens (Image: Getty)

The Prince of Wales, 72, arrived alongside Ali Bongo Ondimba, 62, at the royal botanic gardens.

The Prince of Wales, 72, arrived alongside Ali Bongo Ondimba, 62, at the royal botanic gardens. (Image: Getty)

The Prince was also shown beans from a coffee plant of particular interest to the Royal Family.

The Zanzibar coffee plant, which he was shown, was said to be Queen Victoria’s favourite type of coffee.

However, Charles also heard how other species of plants, including bananas, were now under threat.

Charles responded by reportedly calling for a greater focus on “critical biodiversity”.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens (Image: Getty)

The Duke of Cornwall said: “It’s a terrible problem, isn’t it, that we’ve made ourselves so vulnerable over the last 60, 70 years, haven’t we, by reducing everything to just two to three species, or even two like the bananas, so we’re much more vulnerable to diseases.

“And this is why biodiversity, regeneration is so critical, isn’t it?

“And, it seems to me, the combination or the reintroduction I think of agro-forestry systems would presumably benefit hugely coffee and banana rather than just mono-cultural plantations.”

The event, which was held just a month before COP26 in Glasgow, saw the Prince meet with CEOs from his Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Coffee beans

Coffee beans (Image: Getty)

Shocked visitors were even snapped waving to the future King as he passed them on their picnic. (Image: Getty)

The Prince of Wales introduced the initiative’s 10-stage action plan at Davos’ World Economic Forum in 2020.

Charles was then seen roaming around the garden’s grounds.

Shocked visitors were even snapped waving to the future King as he passed them on their picnic.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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