Kensington Palace ice rink cancelled over security fears10/24/2023
Kensington Palace Christmas ice rink organised by King Charles’s nephew Peter Phillips is cancelled over security fears due to ‘heightened tension’ amid Israel-Hamas conflict
- ICE at Kensington Palace was scheduled to run from 30 November-7 January
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Peter Phillips’ plans to install a festive ice rink next to Kensington Palace this Christmas have been scrapped over security fears.
The tourist attraction, planned by the company co-founded by the late Queen’s grandson, will now no longer go ahead in the wake of the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East.
The site of Perks Field had initially been earmarked to host the festive fair, ICE at Kensington Palace, from 30 November until 7 January – however the proximity of the area to the Israeli Embassy in London has raised concerns.
Peter Phillips and Robert Derry’s event company Tamarisk has promised to refund tickets that had already been purchased, and insisted the fair will return next year.
A joint statement from the co-founders said they have made the decision in light of ‘heightened tension and uncertainty’ in the area.
The ICE at Kensington Palace ice rink and festive fair, which was set to host thousands of visitors, has been cancelled just a month before it was set to open over security fears
The statement, as reported by the Evening Standard, read: ‘In developing the plans for ICE at Kensington Palace, our primary concern has always been the safety and enjoyment of our visitors.
‘In light of recent events, and during a period of heightened tension and uncertainty in the area, we have taken the decision to postpone the planned event for this year as the safety and security of the public continues to be our priority.’
Tamarisk, which was founded this year by the business partners, first unveiled the plans for the ice rink last month, and claimed it was focused on sustainability.
The ice rink and festive fair had been organised by the late Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips (pictured at Ascot with girlfriend Lindsay Wallace) and his business partner Rob Derry
The area has seen unrest in recent weeks with demonstrations organised outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington
At the time, Peter said: ‘A key point of difference is where this event is located and because of that we have had to commit to various sustainability goals and targets.
‘Sustainability is a big focus. We will be working with suppliers and our partners, looking at CO2 reduction and at our energy use.’
The ice rink was planned to be 2,800 square metres with a VIP area also available. The food and drink options were planned to be sustainable.
With sustainability in mind, Peter had revealed that much of the event’s energy would be powered by biofuels, and Tamarisk Events took advice from sustainability consultants during the planning.
Speaking to Standout Magazine, the business partners said the event was expected to be a ‘spectacular magical winter experience’.
However, recent events have caused the events company to change tack in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has led to unrest on the streets of London.
Days after Hamas launched a violent attack on Israel, killing more than 1,000 people and taking hundreds of hostages, police arrested three people during a mass protest outside the Israeli Embassy.
While one person was arrested for an assault on an emergency worker, another was taken into custody for racially-motivated criminal damage and the third for possessing an offensive weapon, the Metropolitan Police said.
Palestinian and Israeli supporters clashed at a London Underground station as police desperately tried to keep the peace on a night where thousands of pro-Palestine protesters descended on the Israeli embassy.
Video showed dozens of police officers attempting to separate demonstrators at High Street Kensington Tube station in west London as more than 1,000 pro-Palestine activists gathered on the streets outside.
Fireworks were seen being launched by protesters on Kensington High Street – some towards the boarded up Israeli embassy – as those supporting Palestine told MailOnline that there is ‘no way to change the Middle East peacefully’.
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