Sparkly masks in hand, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall led the festivities at a conservation charity ball tonight. 

The royal couple appeared in excellent spirits as they hosted actors, designers, models and society beauties at the annual event, which supports the Elephant Family charity founded by the duchess’s brother Mark Shand.

The night kicked off with a reception in the opulent rooms of Clarence House before moving onto a formal meal at nearby Lancaster House. There was also an opportunity for guests to pose with huge elephant sculptures in the grounds outside. 

In keeping with the animal masquerade theme, Charles, 70, and Camilla, 71, donned black panther masks and gamely held them up to their faces as they mingled. 

Other guests donned exquisite headpieces shaped like elephants, butterflies and leopards, while Alexa Chung, Douglas Booth and Yasmin Le Bon all stepped out as butterflies.

Styles ranged from designer Emilia Wickstead’s sophisticated peacock, to Tracey Emin’s low-key leopard and Donna Summer’s extravagant tiger creation.  

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Into the wild! Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall hold up their masks while posing next to elephant sculptures in the grounds of Clarence House. The Animal Ball benefits Elephant Family, a charity dedicated to protecting Asian elephants 

Dressed to the nines: Alexa Chung and Douglas Booth, left, Daisy Lowe, centre, and Donna Air, right, in the grounds of Lancaster House

More is more! The royal couple looked delighted by one guest’s extravagant elephant mask – complete with glittery trunk

Glittering guests (from left): George Waud and Charlotte Tilbury, Rosanna Falconer and Astrid Harbord and Martha Ward

Animal magic: The Duchess of Cornwall posed for a photo with artist Tracey Emin, who was dressed like a leopard

The deep blue: Actor Douglas Booth and model Yasmin Le Bon wore matching seahorse masks for the event tonight

Bright and beautiful! The Duchess of Cornwall admired women wearing beautiful floral headdresses at the glittering ball

Totally wild! Billal Taright and Ayesha Shand, left, and Diego Bivero-Volpe and Charlotte Carroll at Lancaster House

Animal kingdom: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall greeted well-heeled guests who made the most of the theme

Dream team: Getting into the animal masquerade theme, Charles, 70, and Camilla, 71, held up glittering panther masks

The Animal Ball is an annual celebration of the natural world, raising millions for vital habitat conservation projects in Asia and helping preserve Asian elephants from extinction. 

It’s an event which is personal to the Duchess of Cornwall, as it raises millions for Elephant Family, the charity founded by her late brother Mark Shand. 

Twenty-six of the world’s greatest fashion houses – Prada, Missoni, Chloe, Temperley, Sabyasachi amongst others – dress a bestiary of beautiful creatures from all corners of British society in bespoke couture animal-themed masks for the occasion. 

Among the most unusual masks were the sparkly seahorse masks sported by dapper actor Douglas Booth, 26, model Yasmin Le Bon, 54, and presenter Alexa Chung, 35, who beamed as they posed for photos with their matching accessories. 

Getting in the spirit! The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall beamed as they posed at Lancaster House 

Girls’ night! Alice Dellal, Daisy Lowe and Tiger Lily Taylor strike a pose at Lancaster House, left. Right, model Jasmine Sanders

Fashion friends: Emilia Wickstead and Sabine Getty pose in their glamorous gowns at the Lancaster House dinner

Fashion forward: Rosanna Falconer and Michele Lamy, right, with a fresh take on the elephant inside Lancaster House

Making a statement: Alice Dellal, Daisy Lowe and Tiger Lily Taylor enjoy the glittering ball at Lancaster House

Sophisticated: Model Yasmin Le Bon, left, and Maryam d’Abo, right, stopped for photos outside Lancaster House

Futuristic: Rick Owens, Michele Lamy and Waris Ahluwalia brought an edgy flair to proceedings at Lancaster House

Black tie brilliance: Former Tatler editor Kate Reardon and a guest, left. Right, Harry Weller with artist Tracey Emin

Eclectic: Alejandra de la Puente, Ayesha Shand, and Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor are joined by a dapper guest (centre)

What is the animal ball?  

Hosted by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Animal Ball raises millions for Elephant Family, the charity founded by Camilla’s late brother Mark Shand.  

Elephant Family funds habitat conservation projects in Asia and helping preserve the world’s greatest masterpieces from extinction. 

Massive loss of habitat have caused elephant numbers to plummet by 50% in the last three generations.  

Since its inception in 2002, Elephant Family has funded over 200 projects across India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sumatra and Borneo. 

Inspired by Truman Capote’s Black and White Dance of 1966, this year 26 of the world’s greatest fashion houses dressed guests in bespoke couture animal-themed masks.

Designer Vivienne Westwood was also in attendance, and was seen chatting to Camilla, appearing to have donned a quirky floral mask for the occasion. 

Charles and Camilla beamed as they arrived at the event, clutching their sparkling matching black masks, which had been decorated with hundreds of sequin flowers. 

The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a white two piece for the occasion, matching a smart in a white kaftan embellished with gold embroidery with a pair of wide-leg trousers. 

The royal donned a pair of glittering gold earrings that perfectly complimented the detailing on her top. 

She swept a light eyeshadow across her lid, and wore a touch of nude lipgloss for the occasion.  

Having greeted fellow party-goers, the couple headed into the garden where they seemed delighted as they posed in their matching masks alongside a statute of an elephant. 

Their fellow guests wore decadent animal masks, including lobsters, leopards and peacock, as well as insects, including spiders and bees. 

The royal couple shared a joke as they kicked off the festivities at the annual charity extravaganza at Lancaster House

Sabine Getty, Yasmin Le Bon and Tiger Lilly Taylor were among those who were gorgeous head pieces and stunning masks at the charity event 

Alexa Chung beamed as she posed with actor Douglas Booth outside the event. The two wore matching seahorse masks to the charity ball 

 Artist Tracey Emin was unrecognisable in her incredible black gown while sisters Alice (centre) and Charlotte (right) Dellal wore matching leopard masks 

Models Daisy Lowe and Tiger Lilly Taylor wore the same incredible red pheonix mask, while Alexa Chung wore a trendy seahorse mask for the event

Charles and Camilla were feeling playful as they posed with their glittering masks in the grounds

Presenter and designer Alexa Chung looked elegant in a light blue gown, left, while Alice Dellal looked stunning in red

Leopold von Bismarck, Guy Dellal, Andrea Dellal and Debbie von Bismarck pose in their matching animal masks

Actor Douglas Booth, who starred in the BBC adaptations of Great Expectations, looked very dapper as he arrived at the charity event while TV presenter Donna Air wore a floor length Needle and Thread dress

Inspired by Truman Capote’s Black and White Dance of 1966, this year sees twenty-six of the world’s greatest fashion houses – Prada, Missoni, Chloe, Temperley, Sabyasachi amongst others – dress a bestiary of beautiful creatures from all corners of British society in bespoke couture animal-themed masks. 

A-listers often frequent the event, with supermodel Cara Delevinge and Jerry Hall among those who have attended in the past. 

Since its inception in 2002, Elephant Family has funded over 200 projects across India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sumatra and Borneo. 

These projects have reconnected forest fragments, restored migratory routes, stamped out illegal trades, and found ways for humans and elephants to live closer together than ever before without killing each other. 

Chuckling Charles! The prince couldn’t help but laugh as he chatted to a guest at the Animal Ball at Clarence House tonight

Glitter girl: TV personality Donna Air twinkled in an embellished gown by Needle and Thread for the Clarence House event

Camilla spoke to one guest who had donned an impressive black elephant mask for the occasion, which supports the charity founded by her brother 

Prince Charles mingled with guests at the party as he hosted the event at Clarence House alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 

One group of men appeared to have coordinated their cartoon-esque masks which appeared to be some of crowned crustaceans

Another attendee who was seen speaking to the Duchess of Cornwall donned a peacock mask for the Elephant Family Animal Ball at Clarence House

Designer Vivienne Westwood attended the event wearing a decadent insect mask in a floral fabric, appearing to pose alongside Camilla for a photograph

Vivienne Westwood wore a quirky floral insect mask and appeared to shake the Duchess of Cornwall’s hand as the two spoke at the party 

Prince Charles beamed as he spoke with guests at the event and appeared to share a joke with his fellow attendees at the charity ball 

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