Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were seen donning elaborate animal masks made by England’s top designers on July 9th at the Lancaster House in London. The royal couple was attending The Animal Ball, a fundraiser held by The Elephant Family, which works to help save endangered species and promote environmental conservation in Asia. Charles wore a tiger mask and Camilla an elephant mask. The masks, have been on display over the spring at Sotheby’s in London, and will be auctioned off now that the ball is over. They were made by a collection of distinguished fashion designers and creative, including ESCADA, Diane von Furstenburg, Olek, and Manolo Blahnik.
The grand ball was held at the Lancaster House in London, where 24 rooms were elaborately decorated, each one with a theme for a different endangered animal. The gala featured another auction of 20 animal sculptures known as the Lancaster Collection. It also included a crocheted jungle, a king-style feating room, and The Animal Disco for dancing to the music of Jools Holland’s 24 piece Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Other than Charles and Camilla, the gala was attended by supermodel Cara Delevingne, socialite Nancy Dell’Olio, model Jerry Hall, and writer and conservationist Mark Shand.
The Elephant Family is a nonprofit that invests in projects around South East Asia to conserve habitats, aid in conflict resolution and promote protection for the Asian elephant, as well as tigers, orangutans and other endangered species in the region. It is supported by Goldie Hawn and The Duchess of York, as well as co-founded by Camilla’s brother, Shand. Ruth Powys, CEO of Elephant Family told vogue that underneath every decision of the organization lies a beloved quote from Pablo Picasso, “Elephants are proof that God exists.”