Several members of European Royal families attended and the opening of the second International Conference of the World Wildlife Fund at Kensington Palace Hotel in London today (17 November).
GV PAN DOWN EXT. of Royal Garden Hotel Kensington, London
SV PAN Wild Life "Pandas" collection box to sign over doorway"World Wild life Fund"
GV Delegates seated
STV Delegates include Prince Philip & peter Scott(First vice president of WWF) & Prince Bernhardt take seats
CU Princess Prince Beatrix takes seat takes seat
CU Prince Bernhardt
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: PRINCE BERNHARDT: "One of the immediate aims of World Wildfire is to embark, with IUCN and the appropriate United Nations Agencies, on a major programme for expanding the world system of National Parks, Biological Reserves and similar protected areas. 1972 will be the Centenary of the Yellowstone National Park in the United States - the world's first National Park - and IUCN in conjunction with the US Department of the Interior will be holding the 2nd World Confer Monday Park in September of that year. World Wildlife is planning to enter with IUCN into an imaginative scheme, first put forward by our distinguished colleague Max Nicholson, that the nations of the world be invited between them to declare, in the Yellowstone Centenary Year, one hundred new National Parks of the necessary standard for inclusion in the United Nations List Na of National Park and Equivalent Reserves."
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Background: Several members of European Royal families attended and the opening of the second International Conference of the World Wildlife Fund at Kensington Palace Hotel in London today (17 November). Main speaker was Prince Bernhardt of the Netherlands, President of the Wildlife Fund, who announced that 100 new national parks are planned throughout the world.
His audience included the King & Queen of Greece, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Mr Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon.
A cash gift of over GBP100,000 and two aircraft were presented toady to the fund from independent sources. The fund will also benefit from a charity cabaret, which will be attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Tickets cost up to GBP500.
Shortly before the private gifts were announced, both Prince Bernhardt and the Duke of Edinburgh had criticised governments and official bodies for what they saw as their meagre financial support to organisations engaged in the preservation of and conservation of wildlife.
Prince Bernhardt stressed the aims of the fund: