Just like kids everywhere, our little royals, Prince George and Princess Charlotte can’t really resist a good bedtime story. And, they listen to one of those every night.
Recently, the Duke of Cambridge, William revealed that one of his kids’ favourite books is ‘The Gruffalo’. This book is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This children’s book tells the story of a mouse who takes a walk in a European forest and encounters several creatures who wants to eat him.
The royal father of three met the duo at a Tusk Trust event outside his home at Kensington Palace. As the pair introduced themselves, William was seen saying: “I know who you are. It’s a big hit in our household, The Gruffalo”.
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Donaldson and Scheffler decorated one of 21 model rhinos with characters from their book, The Ugly Five. It was a part of a project to raise awareness of the threat faced by the rhino populations at the hands of poachers.
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Speaking of how the children’s writer and illustrator could help raise awareness for Tusk, Prince William also said: “We need our young generation to really understand this matter”. The Duke of Cambridge has been the royal patron of the trust since the year 2005. And it is one of the first charities that he willingly adopted.
His charity, Tusk was established in 1990 at the height of the previous poaching crisis. It was the time when elephant and rhino were slaughtered in the thousands to meet the demand of the illegal wildlife trade.
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This organisation works with Africa’s conservationists to protect endangered species and combat poaching. In fact, this particular project has been at the forefront of Prince William’s international efforts to halt the illegal wildlife trade, under the umbrella of his United for Wildlife coalition.