Prince William Visits Local Children During Vietnam Trip for Wildlife Meeting

Britain’s Prince William has arrived on his first visit to Vietnam where he will take part in an international conference on illegal wildlife trade in the fight to protect elephants, rhinos and other endangered species from extinction.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of United for Wildlife, will meet Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and vice president Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh on Wednesday before attending the two-day conference starting Thursday in Hanoi.

Vietnam is one of the world’s major transit points and consumers of trafficked ivory and rhino horns, which people mistakenly believe can be used a cancer cure. On Saturday, authorities destroyed 2.2 tons (4,900 pounds) of seized elephant ivory and rhino horns in a bid to stamp out trafficking.

Prince William also had an opportunity to bond with some of the local children. The dad-of-two showed off his paternal side as he visited a local school, Hong Ha Primary, in Hanoi.

William, 34, sat down with a group of children who were learning about important conservation issues. The focus of William’s trip is to raise awareness about combating the illegal wildlife trade.

Check out more photos from day one of Prince William’s visit to Vietnam in the gallery above.