Camilla read aloud to a group of schoolchildren last week among a herd of 100 life-sized elephant structures. The storytelling event in St James’ Park helped celebrate the opening of an elephant “story trail” created by the National Literacy Trust, of which Camilla is a patron. The elephant structures themselves are part of a CoExistence campaign, a collaborative effort by conservationist charity Elephant Family, which was co-founded by Camilla’s late brother Mark, and The Real Elephant Collective.
Elephant Family, of which Camilla is joint royal president, was founded by her brother in 2002 and is dedicated to protecting the Asian elephant from extinction.
Mark sadly died in 2014 after a freak accident in New York, aged just 62.
He had been attending a fundraising auction at Sotheby’s in aid of Elephant Family on April 23, where $1.7million (£1.2million) was raised for the charity.
He then attended an after-party at the Rose Bar of the Gramercy Park Hotel and stepped outside for a cigarette.
Mark reportedly slipped and fell over outside the bar, hitting his head on the pavement and sustaining a serious head injury.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan but died within hours.
The family had to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support after neurologists told them the fall had left Mark “99.5 percent brain dead”.
Clarence House confirmed with “deep sadness”…