Prince William has presented Sir David Attenborough with an award for his contribution to wildlife conservation.
The Duke of Cambridge attended the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The 34-year-old, who is patron of the conservation charity Tusk, met the finalists as well as Tusk supporters and sponsors before presenting an award in his name for Conservation in Africa.
In a speech, the Duke paid tribute to a British helicopter pilot who was killed by elephant poachers this year.
His aircraft was shot down while flying over a game reserve in Tanzania in an anti-poaching mission.
The Duke said: “The war being fought against poachers is brutal, with so many men and women dying to protect their communities’ natural heritage. A very human tragedy, all too clearly brought home to me tonight when I met the family of Roger Gower, who tragically lost his life in Tanzania this year.”
He said conservationists needed help to succeed, adding: “We must have the support of the judiciary and of Government if we are to succeed.”
Paying tribute to Sir David, he said: “Our natural heritage does not belong to us – I believe we simply hold it, in trust, for our children and grandchildren. Wherever we are in the world, we must all play our part and make the right decisions today to preserve the future.
“There is one person here tonight who has done more than almost anyone else to ‘play his part’ – someone who has literally gone to the ends of the earth to showcase the beauty of our planet’s wildlife and the critical need for us to preserve it.
“Through his work and dozens of award winning films, Sir David Attenborough has inspired generations of conservationists to dedicate their lives to this cause. For this, in your ninetieth year, we at Tusk would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank you for your remarkable life-long contribution to protecting Africa’s wildlife. ”
The Duke has been the Royal Patron of Tusk for more than 10 years and regularly supports the charity’s work.
Sir David also presented the Tusk Award for Conservation and the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award.