Royals' first night without son

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first night away from Prince George to attend an awards ceremony. Prince William joked they might nervously glance at their phones "to check all is well back home."

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William: George has 'voice to match any lion's roar'

The Duke of Cambridge joked about spending his first night away from baby son Prince George who he described as having a "voice to match any lion's roar".

William and wife Kate were guests of honour at the inaugural Tusk Trust awards, held at the Royal Society in central London, which recognised the work of campaigners.

In a speech to guest, William said: "As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents - of a baby who has a voice to match any lion's roar.

"This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phones to check all is well back home."

William and Kate's minds on Prince George at awards

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first night away from baby son Prince George to attend a black-tie awards ceremony, with William joking that the pair might nervously glance at their phones "to check all is well back home."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

William and Kate were guests of honour at the inaugural Tusk Trust awards, a ceremony championing wildlife conservationists, which was held at the Royal Society in central London.

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba asked Kate who Prince George took after, to which she responded: "Like most babies, he's got a mix of both of us."

In a speech to guests, William said: "As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents - of a baby who has a voice to match any lion's roar.

"This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phones to check all is well back home."

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David Beckham to film wildlife message with William

Retired footballer David Beckham and Chinese basketball megastar Yao Ming will film two announcements with the Duke of Cambridge as part of a campaign against illegal wildlife products.

The videos aim to reduce deman for rhino horn and ivory and will be aired globally.

David Beckham ended his football career at Paris St Germain earlier this year. Credit: ABACA
Yao Ming, 7ft 6in, ended his NBA career at the Houston Rockets in 2011. Credit: Zuma

Duke wants to stop illegal wildlife trade 'catastrophe'

The Duke of Cambridge said:

The threats to our natural heritage are extensive, but I believe that this collaboration of the best minds in conservation will provide the impetus for a renewed commitment and action to protect endangered species and habitats for future generations.

At the root of the illegal wildlife trade, for example, is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction.

We must work together to prevent this catastrophe and allow our children the opportunity to experience wildlife in its many beautiful and varied forms.

– William, Duke of Cambridge

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William to be president of United for Wildlife group

Prince William pictured at a charity event on Wednesday. Credit: PA

The Duke of Cambridge is to expand his conservation work, increasing efforts to protect endangered species and habitats, Kensington Palace announced.

William will be president of United for Wildlife which will "bring together some of the world’s largest environmental organisations and harness the resources and expertise of global leaders in business, communications, technology and the creative industries."

Initial focus will be on the illegal wildlife trade.

William wants to give 'voice' to nature

In an upcoming ITV documentary, the Duke of Cambridge hints that his future role will build on his passion for conservation.

"For me it’s sense of freedom, being out in the middle of nowhere in Africa," he says. "Just seeing the beauty of nature and the natural world is just phenomenal.

"You want to stand up for what is very vulnerable and what needs protecting and elephants, rhinos and many other animals that are persecuted, the natural environment itself - it doesn’t have a voice."

Prince William's Passion will be shown in full on ITV on Sunday at 6pm.

William was 'integral part' of RAF search and rescue

Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford issued a glowing endorsement of the Duke of Cambridge's time in the RAF:

Flight Lieutenant Wales has been an integral part of the Royal Air Force’s Search and Rescue Force, as a Sea King pilot on No. 22 Squadron, based at Royal Air Force Valley for the past three years.

Throughout his tour his airmanship, often in the most demanding of conditions, has contributed directly to saving lives in the mountains of North Wales and from the ravages of the Irish Sea.

He has earned the respect of all who have worked with him as a highly professional and competent pilot.

– Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford
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