We must ‘live well with nature,’ Charles and Camilla address a 280-person charity event.
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles attended a ceremonial function in London to collect money for a wildlife charity founded by Camilla’s late brother.
On behalf of the Elephant Family and the British Asian Trust, the Prince of Wales spoke at Lancaster House at the 280-guest ‘A Starry Night In The Nilgiri Hills’ event.
Tom Odell, Lily Cole, and reality TV personality Gemma Collins were among the other well-known attendees.
“The recent year has taught us more than ever the significance of dealing with challenges like this,” Charles told guests.
“My dear brother, Mark, helped found the charity Elephant Family in 2002 to conserve Asia’s amazing wildlife,” Camilla continued.
“Londoners have had a rare chance to observe some of that species – albeit in static form! – on the Mall, in Green Park, in St James’s Park, and in Berkeley Square over the past several weeks.
“These majestic, life-size elephants have toured the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India, the Cotswolds, and the heart of the city with a little aid to raise awareness of the crucial importance of harmonious cohabitation between humans and animals.
“They serve as a timely reminder to all of us to live in harmony with nature, no matter where we are.”
Mark Shand, Camilla’s brother, campaigned to protect elephants in southern India, particularly in the Tamil Nadu region, where the giant creatures and humans coexist in a population denser than anywhere else on the planet.
He started the Elephant Family foundation, which sought to safeguard elephant habitat in Tamil Nadu, India, and to spread awareness about how people may cohabit with elephants.
Since his death in 2014, communities in the Nilgiri Hills have created 125 life-size elephant sculptures that have been sent to the UK.
The Duchess of Cornwall encouraged her friends to adopt the sculptures, which are now strewn throughout London.
“My brother, who created the charity, would be extremely proud if he saw all these elephants across the south-west of England!” Last year, Camilla told ITV News.
“I’m sure my brother will be praying from wherever he is that they make a lot of money for the charity.”
Around 110 of the life-size sculptures have already been sold, with the remaining sculptures being auctioned off at the charity event.
The charity has so far raised £2 million. “Brinkwire Summary News” will benefit from the funds raised.