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Funeral service begins for Duchess of Cornwall's brother

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales have arrived at a private funeral for her brother Mark Shand, at the Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine, Dorset. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The conservationist and travel writer Mark Shand died unexpectedly last week after falling and hitting his head in New York.

Camilla's son Tom Parker-Bowles attends the funeral with his mother. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The coffin of Mark Shard is carried into Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Funeral for Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand

The funeral will take place later today for the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand.

Mr Shand, who was a conservationist and travel writer, died last week after falling and hitting his head on the pavement in New York.

The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand, pictured in India last year. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Prince Charles will be among mourners at a private family ceremony at the Holy Trinity Church in the Dorset village of Stourpaine.

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Mark Shand's death ruled 'an accident'

Mark Shand during a visit to the Vazhachal Forest Range, India, last year Credit: PA Images

The death of Mark Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, has been ruled an accident. Mr Shand died after he fell and banged his his head outside a hotel bar in New York yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office in the city said the 62-year-old's death was caused by blunt impact head trauma with skull fracture and bleeding in the brain.

Mr Shand was in New York for an auction at Sotheby's in aid of a charity for underprivileged children and the Elephant Family, of which he was chairman, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

He was taken to hospital after reportedly slipping while lighting a cigarette and hitting his head on the pavement outside an after-party for the charity event.

Stephen Fry pays tribute to 'charming' Mark Shand

Stephen Fry has paid tribute to the Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand, who died aged 62 in New York.

Kate and William told of Mark Shand's death

Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been told of the death of Mark Shand, while on their royal tour of Australia.

Mark Shand - the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall - has died aged 62. Credit: Press Association

From Canberra Tim Ewart said: "It's 7am in the morning here in Canberra. William and Kate have spent the night here with their son Prince George in an official residence. Their public engagements are about to start here in a couple of hours time.

"This tour is winding up and sadly, this event is going to cast a shadow over the last couple of days, of what has been a long and so far very successful and very happy tour.

"Both William and his brother Harry have become very close to the Duchess of Cornwall, despite all the family history and the background of the Diana affair.

"They were a close family and this statement from Clarence House, using the expression 'utterly devastated', applies to all the family.

"But royal duties here will carry on today, as they were going to before."

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Jemima Khan pays tribute to Mark Shand

Mark Shand - the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall - was once married to the cousin of Jemima Khan. Following the news of his death Ms Khan tweeted:

Khan tweets of shock & sadness of Mark Shand's death

Former Pakistani cricketer and politician Imran Khan has tweeted of his shock and sadness following the death of Mark Shand:

Shand hosted charity Faberge auction on night of fall

The Duchess of Cornwall is "utterly devastated" after her brother died from a serious head injury sustained in a fall in New York.

Mark Shand, 62, has died following a fall in New York on Tuesday night. Credit: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com/REX

Mark Shand, 62, was taken to hospital on Tuesday night after reportedly slipping while lighting a cigarette and hitting his head on the pavement outside an after-party for a charity event.

He was in New York for an auction held at Sotheby's in aid of a charity for underprivileged children and the Elephant Family, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

It was the finale for the month-long Big Egg Hunt NYC by Faberge, which saw egg sculptures, designed by well-known faces, sold to the highest bidder. The charity event raised $1.6 million (£950,000) for charity.

Elephant Family: 'We have lost the head of our family'

Mark Shand - the brother of the Duchess of Cornwall - was the chairman of Elephant Family, which aims to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.

In a statement, the charity said it had "lost the head of our family".

Mark Shand was the chairman of Elephant Family. Credit: Elephant Family

The statement on the charity's website reads: "Today we have lost the head of our family. Mark Shand was a true force for conservation.

"He was both a legend and inspiration and above all our great friend. We ask at this time that people’s thoughts are with his loved ones. We will miss him always."

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