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Duke of Cambridge to record speech on illegal wildlife trade for Chinese TV

Published 13/10/2015

William will also meet with Sir David Attenborough, Yao Ming, and Bear Grylls
William will also meet with Sir David Attenborough, Yao Ming, and Bear Grylls

The Duke of Cambridge will record a speech on the illegal wildlife trade for Chinese Television on the eve of the Chinese state visit next week.

William will be filmed in front of a studio style audience of students and guests at the Maughan Library at King's College London on October 19, ahead of his speech being aired on the Chinese state TV channel CCTV1.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke is grateful to have this opportunity to explain how people around the world must work together to save some of the planet's most critically endangered species before they are lost forever.

"He considers this issue an important test for his generation's ability to solve the much more complex global challenges it will face in the decades to come."

The Duke raised the issue with the President of China when they met in Beijing earlier this year. His speech will form part of a series of programmes called Let's Talk.

William will meet with Sir David Attenborough, Yao Ming, and Bear Grylls, who are also involved in the programme, in the Library.

China's President Xi Jinping, accompanied by his wife Madame Peng Liyuan, will begin his four-day trip on October 20 and stay at Buckingham Palace as the Queen's guest.

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