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William's Angry Birds Initiative and a Peek Inside KP?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

As we descend into a frenzy of excitement over William and Kate's upcoming visit to New York City and Washington, D.C. let's take a closer look at the primary raison d'ĂȘtre of their visit. The couple are coming to boost the newly organized initiative United for Wildlife, of which William is President.   United For Wildlife was launched by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and is an alliance of sorts between seven major wildlife conservation organizations. They have also collected an impressive array of sport stars as ambassadors including David Beckham, Andy Murray, and Ben Ainslie.

Much of William's recent charity activity has been focused on United for Wildlife. On Monday, Prince William released a video plea for the animals that are currently endangered or close to endangered and announced a collaboration with the Angry Birds Game. A new Angry Birds tournament focuses on one particular endangered creature, the Pangolin. FYI: the Pangolin is not to be confused with the all. 

My own iPhone has only one game and that game is Doodle Jump, but I may now have to make Angry Birds the second game on the save the Pangolin.

To move onto a lighter topic related to this video's launch...the location. We were just talking about the designer that Kate worked with on Anmer Hall, but today we may have gotten a bit of a peek into the interior of Kensington Palace, an interior design job of equal interest that we have also not seen. If you recall, when William and Kate released their pre-tour picture with George and Lupo, It was shot from outside as they sat in a window of Kensington Palace. Below is that photo cropped on the front page of the Daily Mail, but you can see the full shot here

While it was certainly a lovely and relaxed portrait, with a creative angle, I hypothesized at that time that they may have also been maintaining their privacy. We had all hoped to get a little peek at the interior of KP, but they cleverly side-stepped the peek. You can't shoot everything from the window, though, and in William's Angry Birds video it seems we are seeing what might be an office space in the Cambridges's home. 

The desk in the background is quite unique. It is one of only three made by Linley (David Linley, the son of Princess Margaret) in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The first desk celebrates the 60 year reign of Her Majesty The Queen and is known as The Diamond Jubilee Desk. This desk will be auctioned later this year to raise funds for The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and proceeds will go to one of the key areas of focus supported by the Foundation.
By all descriptions, the desk is a work of exquisite craftsmanship and detail. The replica of the Horse Guards on the top of the desk has a practical aspect as well:

The building provides the main gallery of the desk which sits atop eight Doric column legs. Gold plated beading and satinwood stringing highlight the desk which houses a further nine drawers including three secret ones. For each of three desks that will be made, the marquetry depictions tell a different story.
I am not expert enough to tell if the desk behind William is the desk for auction, or if it is one of the other two desks for his own personal use. While the prominent placement in the video could indicate it will be the auctioned piece, it could just as easily be a piece William wanted to have. David Linley is his father's first-cousin and Linley's daughter, Margarita, was a bridesmaid in William's wedding. For a fun piece on Linley and this desk, see here. Below, William and his cousin Peter walk with Margarita on Christmas morning 2006.

All in all, a meager peak, but we will have to take what we can get for the time being. Don't forget, we are seeing Kate tomorrow night as she attends the awards event for Place2Be!

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