While the United Kingdom was still fast asleep, Prince William arrived in Vietnam.
On his first trip to the region, where he will focus on illegal wildlife trade. As president of United for Wildlife, the Duke of Cambridge had meetings today with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vice-President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh shortly after landing at Noi Bai International Airport.
The Duke of Cambridge will be spending the rest of his day speaking to other public figures in the arts, music and business, local celebrities, experts in traditional Vietnamese medicine, as well as visiting a local school and cafe.
On Thursday, Prince William will take part in the International Wildlife Trade Conference (IWTC), a two-day conference in Hanoi, aimed at the effort taking place to protect rhinos, elephants, and other endangered species.
In a statement from Kensington Palace, they said: “He knows the people of Vietnam will share his concern that we have less than 25 years to save some of our most iconic species from extinction. He believes Vietnam has a real opportunity to be leaders in wildlife conservation.”
Just this past Saturday 2,253 kilogrammes (4,956 pounds) of seized elephant ivory and rhino horns was destroyed by Vietnamese authorities. A major step in the stopping of illegal wildlife trafficking from on of the world’s top regions on trafficked ivory and rhino horns.
The Hanoi conference is the third to be held. Last year, the conference was held in Botswana, and in 2014 in London where the Duke of Cambridge attended along with his father, the Prince of Wales and brother, Prince Harry.
Over 40 countries will have leaders and senior officials in attendance to discuss illegal wildlife trade with the help of experts from international wildlife conversation groups.
The Duchess of Cambridge will not be joining her husband on his short tour of Vietnam.