Prince William dons polo neck at Earthshot Prize

Looking to the Milk Tray Man for style inspiration? Prince William stepped back in time in a sixties-style black polo neck and velvet jacket for first ever Earthshot Prize

  • Prince William, 39, opted for a very bold outfit for first Earthshot Prize Awards
  • Royal donned a green velvet jacket with a slinky black polo neck for the event
  • Look was reminiscent of Milk Tray Man, who famously wears a roll neck 
  • Last night was the first ceremony in Duke’s global environmental competition 

The Duke of Cambridge stepped back in time last night as he donned a black polo neck and velvet jacket to attend the first ever Earthshot Prize Awards. 

Prince William, 39,  opted for a trendy green jacket and a slinky black roll neck as he joined by Kate Middleton on the green carpet for the awards ceremony yesterday.

With their old rock star connotations, velvet jackets and roll necks have become somewhat of a statement wear in evening glamour, with Daniel Craig recently wearing a pink jacket for the latest James Bond premiere.

However Prince William’s look was more reminiscent of iconic sixties and seventies style, with The Beatles, Steve Jobs and even The Milk Tray man stepping out in similar outfits. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, channeled his inner 007 wearing a trendy velvet green jacket and a slinky black polo neck, as he joined by Kate Middleton on the green carpet for the awards ceremony yesterday


However it was also reminiscent of iconic sixties and seventies style, with The Beatles, Steve Jobs and even The Milk Tray man stepping out in similar outfits (pictured, the Milk Tray advert from 1983, and right, in 2016) 

The Duke’s look was reminiscent of Rolling Stones member Charlie Watts, pictured in 1965 wearing a dark roll neck 

Meanwhile Roger Moore opted for a similar ensemble when playing James Bond in No Time to Die in 1973 


Entrepreneur Steve Jobs (left) and artist Andy Warhol were renowned for their iconic black turtle neck style (pictured right with Jed Johnson) 

Gary Meyers was the original Milk Tray Man when the campaign started in the Sixties, appearing in a total of 11 commercials from 1968 to 1984.

The character became renowned for his love of a black polo neck, with newer iterations often wearing the same outfit. 

Meanwhile the style became popular across the world, with Hollywood actors including Roger Moore adopting the look in seventies films like No Time to Die. 

Artists and musicians also donned the slinky black polo neck and jacket look, with the style becoming synonymous with Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.  

Musician Bob Dylan often donned a black polo neck with a heavier jacket during the sixties and seventies (pictured in 1969) 


Footballer George Best (left) and American actor Robert Redford (right) were among the sixties heartthrobs who wore similar outfits 

The black polo neck and smart jacket was also favoured by David Bowie during the period (pictured with Iman in New York) 


Meanwhile it was also a popular look with musicians including the Beatles, who donned black polo necks on the cover of their second album With the Beatles in 1963 (left) and duo Simon and Garfunkel (right) 

William wore the same bottle green jacket at Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary two years ago, while Kate wore a £4,290 Alexander McQueen dress she first wore ten years ago in 2011, at a Bafta reception in Los Angeles.

The outfit had echoes of Daniel Craig’s pink velvet tuxedo that he wore to the No Time to Die premiere in London earlier this month. 

Earlier this month, celebrity stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL the statement garments follow the latest trend. 

Stylist to the stars Rochelle said: ‘The colourful dinner jacket is making a comeback on red carpets and award shows this year due to the lack of these dazzling events in 2020. 


Meanwhile Elvis Presley (left) and James Bond actor Sean Connery (right) are also known to have worn the combination of pieces 

David Hasselhoff often opted for a roll neck jumper and black leather jacket when he was portraying Knight Rider in the eighties 

‘I feel that this piece of clothing is a great way for men to add a pop of colour to formal wear in a comfortable non-obvious way and it has brought back some life and vibrancy. 

‘It is a great way for actors to show their personalities and even maybe a change of style, it could be a way of them embracing their new found freedom and express it in this way.’

She continued: ‘I think it is a trend at the minute and one that will potentially be around into 2022. No one wants to be seen in black and white outfits and are looking to be more adventurous and daring.’

The Duke and Duchess walked side by side as they headed into the ceremony at Alexandra Palace for the most ambitious environmental prize in history which gave £1million to five winners.  

T he Duke and Duchess walked side by side as they headed into the ceremony at Alexandra Palace for the most ambitious environmental prize in history which gave £1million to five winners

No stars have flown to London for the ceremony and guests were asked by organisers to ‘consider the environment when choosing their outfit’.

Most guests followed WIlliam and Kate by re-using an outfit they had previously worn. 

Following a performance by Coldplay and Korean boy band BTS, powered by 60 people pedalling bicycles, William gave a stark warning that ‘time is running out’ to tackle climate change, adding: ‘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 future is ours to determine, and if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible.’

‘I want to say something to all the young people watching tonight.’

‘For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future. But Earthshot is for you. In the next ten years we are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet. ‘

William closed the event by announcing that the following year’s Earthshot event would be held in the United States – where his brother Prince Harry lives with Meghan Markle

William closed the event by announcing that the following year’s Earthshot event would be held in the United States – where his brother Prince Harry lives with Meghan Markle.

The first-ever five winners were revealed tonight at a glittering ceremony held in London. Each winner will receive £1million prize money and a global network of support to scale their cutting-edge environmental solutions to repair our planet.

The five winners, which span the globe from Costa Rica to India, include transformative technologists, innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city and were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.

The first award to be handed out went to Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher of Coral Vita – a project which grows coral on land to replenish life in dying ocean ecosystems. Its methods grow coral up to 50 times faster than typical methods and improves resilience to the impact of climate change.

They beat competitors Pristine Seas and Living Sea Walls.

Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo are joining Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards at Alexandra Palace in north London.

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