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HRH Prince Philip and WWF

I was very saddened by the death of HRH Prince Philip and I wanted to commemorate his life by doing something. While restrictions are easing out in England, mass gatherings are not possible. We couldn’t take a trip to Windsor to leave flowers with the rules still in place. The Royal Family asked that donations should be offered instead of flowers, and we’ve respected that. Picking up a charity close to Prince Philip’s heart that was also inline with our views was not difficult at all, hence WWF.

HRH Prince Philip was the first president of WWF UK, from its foundation in 1961 to 1982. He went on to be WWF International’s President until 1996. This is a legacy HRH Prince Charles continued, as we all know his commitment to climate change and the natural world. In 2011 HRH Prince Charles became President of WWF-UK.

My husband and I adopted two apes, gorilla and orangutan. There is a possibility to donate on WWF’s website, any sum you feel happy to, if adoptions are a bit expensive. What I loved is that we could take the adoption pack without the cuddly toys. So, the packs arrived in a standard envelope, which is great.

HRH Prince Philip and WWF

Why gorillas? There are only around 1,063 mountain gorillas left in the wild. They also share 98% of their DNA with us.

Why orangutans? Their numbers have declined by around 50% in the last 60 years. Deforestation for palm oil plantations meant they are loosing habitat. We avoid companies that do not source their palm oil responsibly.

What’s in the pack:
– a thank you letter
– a thank you card
– a folded leaflet with details on some of their campaigns throughout the world, from UK to Alaska, and Fiji
– Field Notes with:
– a card
– keepsake photograph
– a leaflet with details on the animal adopted
– two sheets on what they do for the animals adopted
– rather odd “make environmentally responsible seafood choices”, which we both made as we are not eating fish nor seafood for years (for me it’s 13+ years)

We bought the cards at the same time. We received one of them on Friday and the other one yesterday, just before we started to watch the funeral. It was such a beautiful event and incredibly sad at the same time.

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  1. I have supported the World Wildlife Fund long before I knew of Prince Philip’s role in this. I love what you did. I watched a lot of BBC News last week — the tributes were really beautiful and the service so appropriate and moving.

    1. I only found out about Prince Philip’s connection to WWF after his death. I usually support small charities instead of the big ones, but this time was different, and, of course, all charities need as much support as possible.

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