It has been revealed that the Duke of Cambridge wants to strip Buckingham Palace of all of its 1,200 pieces of ivory and destroy them.
A throne from India that incorporates elephant ivory plaques is just one of the items that Prince William wishes to have destroyed. It is hoped that the move would encourage other heads of states give up their ivory collections.
This comes just days after William attended the world’s largest conference in relation to this cause. It was there that the organisers and attendees called for an end to the ivory trade. The Duke also launched United for Wildlife last week, made up of different organisations, which aims to end the illegal wildlife trade.
The Prince of Wales has also reportedly asked to put ivory items at Clarence House and Highgrove out of sight over the past few years.
Whereas wildlife campaigners are pleased with this news, art collectors are not. Brian Sewell, an art critic and lover of elephants, said destroying art is a “menacing response” to the issue of poaching. He added that “we have to recognise that these items exist” and there is no point in destroying items that were created many centuries ago.
However, what to do with any items relating to the royal collection must be decided by the Sovereign.