The Little Egg Hunt Launch

The Little Egg Hunt presented by Clarence Court launches ahead of Easter, with HRH Princess Eugenie reading to local school children.

London, UK, 21st March: HRH Princess Eugenie was joined today by local school children to celebrate the launch of Elephant Family’s Little Egg Hunt, presented by Clarence Court. Featuring 12 large-scale egg-shaped installations, created by world-renowned designers and artists, the Little Egg Hunt launches in time for the Easter holidays. Free for the public to view, it aims to raise awareness of the important work we do within Asian wildlife conservation. HRH Princess Eugenie was joined by several of the artists in Sloane Square, Chelsea, for the unveiling.

HRH Princess Eugenie reads to school children from Garden House School, at Elephant Family’s Little Egg Hunt, presented by Clarence Court, in Chelsea, Photo credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

At the much-anticipated launch in Sloane Square today, HRH Princess Eugenie was joined by school children from where they read an excerpt of  ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’ book to mark the occasion.
She expressed her support; “I’m delighted to support this year’s little egg hunt in support of Elephant Family. A wonderful celebration of art and a reminder about nurturing the incredible animals that share our planet.”

Little Egg Hunt is free to view from today until 14th April, 2024. Many of the creative minds behind each striking, large-scale egg were there to witness their wonderful work be unveiled. Little Egg Hunt artists include; Philip Colbert, Charlotte Colbert, Anya Hindmarch, Dan Baldwin, James McQueen, Bellerby Globemakers, Natasha Kumar, Lily Lewis, Allegra Hicks, Rebecca Campbell, Rob Ryan and the dynamic duo Rob and Nick Carter.

HRH Princess Eugenie speaks to artist Charlotte Colbert at Elephant Family’s Little Egg Hunt. Photo credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Founded by HRH The Queen’s late brother, the visionary Mark Shand, Elephant Family stands as a beacon of hope for Asian wildlife conservation. The Elephant Family has dazzled the world with its public art displays since 2003; crafting masterpieces that not only captivate the imagination but also stir hearts and ignite change – and this year was no different.

At the heart of the Little Egg Hunt is a noble mission to generate vital funds for on-the-ground projects, championed by the Elephant Family. With every egg hunted, we also hope to raise awareness of critical conservation issues, to make art accessible to all and to start conversations about conservation.

This year’s exhibition comes at an opportune moment, as the we commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Mark Shand’s passing, as well as 10 years since the previous Egg Hunt took place. His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen are joint Royal Presidents of Elephant Family and are passionate supporters of our remarkable conservation work.

“With 10 years since his passing and his successes of the Big Egg Hunt NYC, Mark Shand’s spirit of adventure and dedication to conservation continue to inspire us all. Through the Little Egg Hunt and beyond, we honour his legacy by fostering creativity, spreading joy, and safeguarding the majestic creatures he held dear.” Richard Hawkes, CEO, Elephant Family.

The Little Egg Hunt serves as a prelude to the grand spectacle of the Big Egg Hunt 2025. Over Easter next year, 200 eggs will grace London’s iconic landmarks, showcasing masterful artistry and raising awareness across the cityscape, for the purposes of raising money for Elephant Family’s important conservation work through an auction of the eggs.

In the spirit of collaboration and community, Elephant Family are proud to join forces with Clarence Court eggs for The Little Egg Hunt 2024, as well as partnering with IBI International Logistics and Cadogan, one of the UK’s most esteemed landowners, to execute this wonderful exhibition.

Adrian Gott, CEO of Clarence Court eggs, said, “It’s a great honour for us all at Clarence Court to continue our support of Elephant Family and its fantastic conservation work. The vibrancy and artistic expression of these superb giant egg designs are a fitting way to celebrate Easter, and I hope the public are look forward to seeing them in situ around Chelsea as much as I am!”

An illustrated map of the trail can be downloaded here

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