The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are set to honour her late brother, the conservationist and elephant enthusiast Mark Shand, by attending a special soirée in his honour later this month on 14 July.
The bash, which reportedly has an invite list of 300 guests, will raise funds for the Elephant Family, the charity that Shand founded in 2002 alongside Ruth Ganesh, with tickets priced a £2,000 each. Its work helps conservation projects in India, most recently through its CoExistence campaign, which saw a herd of 100 elephant sculptures popping up across London, raising both awareness of the cause via social media and also much needed donations via sales of the artwork.
Dubbed ‘A Starry Night in the Nilgiri Hills’, the event will see attendees watching a special outdoor screening of Sir David Attenborough’s documentary The Year Earth Changed, which looks at how the planet was affected by the global lockdown caused by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Afterwards, the party will move on to Charles and Camilla’s London residence, Lancaster House, where Tom Odell will perform.
An insider told the Daily Mail‘s Richard Eden: ‘There’ll be no kissing, hugging or dancing, and everyone will be allocated a seat. We’re working with the best Covid health-and-safety teams.’
Shand originally set up the Elephant Family after falling in love with an elephant called Tara during a trip to India. Tragically, his life was cut short in 2014, after he died following a fall in New York. Now, his co-founder Ruth and his family, including daughter Ayesha, are continuing his legacy through various projects, including the Animal Ball, a wildly popular masked event that sees guests including the Delevingnes and the Spencer-Churchills in attendance.
To buy a CoExistence elephant sculpture visit: coexistence.org/elephant-shop.
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