The Duke of Sussex will Attend the European Premiere of The Lion King

The Duke of Sussex meets schoolchildren at a Queen's commonwealth canopy and woodland tree planting, at St Vincents Catholic Primary School in west London, March 2019.

The Duke of Sussex will attend the European Premiere of The Lion King

Sunday, 14th July 2019

The Duke of Sussex will attend the European Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King in Leicester Square on Sunday 14th July 2019. The Premiere is being held in support of the conservation and communities work of His Royal Highness through The Royal Foundation.

In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced Protect the Pride, a global conservation campaign working with many conservation partners to raise awareness and support efforts to protect and recover the dwindling lion population across Africa. Since The Lion King was first released in theatres 25 years ago, half of Africa’s lions have disappeared. Lions face rising threats, such as poaching, loss of prey and destruction of habitats. However, research shows the lion population can recover.

The Royal Foundation is excited to be involved in and support the Protect the Pride campaign, alongside partners including the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund to find solutions that benefit people, communities and wildlife across Africa. Through the work of His Royal Highness, The Royal Foundation is committed to advancing community conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.

The Duke of Sussex has taken a deep personal interest in frontline conservation projects that work to protect Africa’s natural heritage and support both wildlife and local communities. On leaving the Army in 2015, His Royal Highness spent three months working on number of such projects in Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana. The Duke of Sussex is President of African Parks and Patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to South Africa this Autumn at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Duke of Sussex will visit Angola and Malawi at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and undertake a working visit to Botswana whilst in the region.

Upon arrival The Duke will meet some of the cast and crew before watching the film. Before departing The Duke will meet representatives from organisations doing ground-breaking work in the areas of conservation and the environment.

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