Plans to open a big ice rink at Kensington Palace’s ice rink have been axed – with Princess Anne’s son set to suffer the biggest blow with the news.
Peter Phillips was set to open the ice rink, built on a helipad, this winter on the grounds of Kensington Palace – the London home of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
However, these plans have been scrapped amid safety fears, with hopes that it will open next year instead.
The plans have been made in order to “prioritise public safety during a period of heightened tension”, with the location standing just a stone throw away from the Israeli embassy.
Mr Phillip’s company, Tamarisk, have confirmed that all tickets pre-ordered for the 2023 sessions will be refunded.
A statement released regarding the postponement 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.”
It continued: “We are hugely grateful to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, our partners, local businesses and the wider community who have worked with us over recent months, and we look forward to returning in 2024 to deliver a magical, festive experience that everyone can enjoy.”
ICE, the name of the event, was billed to be “a magical winter event with sustainability at its core”.
Back in September, Peter told HELLO! that the plans were his own idea, with him keen to have the backdrop as Kensington Palace.
Discussing his plans, he added: “I’ve obviously done a number of events in central London and on this site, so we looked at it and we started to come up with some plans.”
He then added that he then made the decision to approach the household to ask for permission to hold the ice skating event there.
Peter described that he was “fortunately” in a position where he could hold the event there, with it due to open on November 30.
Speaking at the time, he noted that the chosen location wasn’t a coincidence.
He said: “The closure of the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London ice rinks created a gap in the ice skating capacity in London.
“And so, we were looking for a venue within central London to be able to fill that sort of requirement.”