Last night, at the Park Lane Hilton, the Duke of Cambridge attended the 2018 Annual Dinner of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
Attending in his role as President of United for Wildlife, the Duke addressed the room to discuss what the shipping world can do to help combat illegal wildlife trade.
Upon news of Prince William’s attendance, UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten said:
“We are honoured to welcome the Duke of Cambridge to our Annual Dinner. The UK Chamber shares his commitment to ending the scourge of illegal animal trafficking, and through his leadership, and the proactive engagement of our industry, I am sure his campaign will be a success.”
UK Shipping was one of the first to sign “the Buckingham Palace Declaration, which forms an action plan to strengthen defences against trafficking.” It now includes 40 companies.
Others who spoke at the event last night included Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling and UK Chamber President, Dr Grahaeme Henderson.
Gordon Marsden, a Labour MP, praised Prince William for his “sharp speech” and “emphasising role of maritime & shipowners in combating #IllegalIvoryTrade.”
Prince William pointed out that stopping illegal ivory trade would eradicate piracy. The Duke also added that we could all do more to stop the trade.
United for Wildlife was started through the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Some of their celebrity ambassadors include David Beckham, Christ Froome and Andy Murray.
The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of United for Wildlife before, saying: “I believe passionately that we have a duty to prevent critically endangered species from being wiped out. If we get together, everywhere, we can preserve these animals so that they share our world with future generations. That’s what United for Wildlife is all about, and why I’m proud to be involved.”