Originally Posted by AdmirerUS
Well, it was either a thoughtless blunder or someone intended to catch him out.
I think its very possible that these instruments commonly were made with ivory and that it was just an oversight. William handled it with grace and diplomacy and really didn't make a big deal out of it. I imagine that there are items all over the world that are made with ivory and to be honest, it would be a very big waste of some beautiful things to trash them or hide them away as the damage is already done. William's concern, IMO, is to put a stop to the ivory trade and prevent the ivory from being harvested for future use. If successful, it may even be that items made out of ivory will become more valuable as time passes.
Overall, I think this trip to Japan and China has been a huge success and he is doing his grandmother proud. I thought it really cute that the BBC there had named their walking penguin cam "George". That had to put big smile on Will's face.