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Prince William to visit Africa to promote fight against illegal wildlife trade

The duke will visit three African countries during a seven-day tour this month. Credit: PA

The Duke of Cambridge will visit troops from the Irish Guards during a trip to Africa to promote a major conference in London which is targeting the illegal wildlife trade.

Prince William will tour Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya during a seven-day visit beginning on September 24, in his role as president of umbrella organisation United for Wildlife and conservation body Tusk Trust.

Kensington Palace said the visit is a private working trip but it will include a number of official events at the request of the Government.

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In Kenya the duke will visit the 1st Battalion the Irish Guards Battlegroup, which includes an infantry company from the Kenyan army, training under the British Army Training Unit Kenya.

William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, will learn how British and Kenyan troops are working together to improve performance on operations.

He will also visit Dar es Salaam’s port in Tanzania where he will learn more about the work the country is doing to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

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London will host the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference on October 11-12, which aims to strengthen international partnerships and focus on three key themes – tackling the smuggling of animals, insects and plants as an organised crime, building coalitions, and closing markets.

During his time in Tanzania William will hold discussions with President John Magufuli about efforts to stop wildlife trafficking.

In Namibia the duke will meet vice president Nangolo Mbumba and attend an event to celebrate UK-Namibia relations at the residence of Britain’s High Commissioner, Kate Airey, where William will chat to key figures working in conservation as well as young people, business leaders and mental health activists.