Royal Family Posts Throwback Video of an Extremely Young Prince Charles (as in 21 Years Old!)

Prince Charles is marking the 50th anniversary of a landmark speech he made on the environment. 

This week, the official royal family Instagram account shared a video of the Prince of Wales, reflecting on his many years of commitment to our planet. The short clip features snaps of Charles (at just 21 years old) making his first-ever landmark speech on the environment, as well as videos of the young prince out in the field. 

Watch the full video below. 

“50 years ago, The Prince of Wales gave his first major speech on the environment, warning of the dangerous effects of plastic pollution,” the caption reads. “In this video, The Prince reflects on why defending nature has been important to him for so many years.”

On February 19, 1970, he had warned about the problems of plastic waste, chemicals being discharged into rivers and air pollution caused by factories, cars and planes. Since his speech to the Countryside Steering Committee for Wales, Charles has worked to help develop solutions to the climate change crisis. He also recently launched his project, the Sustainable Markets Initiative and Council, which aims to bring together leading individuals from the public and private sectors, charitable bodies and investors to identify ways to rapidly decarbonise the global economy. Pretty impressive. 

50 years of fighting for a cause? Now that’s some serious dedication.