The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum attended the opening of the museum’s new Hintze Hall this evening. For this engagement Kate wore a new dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi tonight, along with Prada sandals with dark pink toenail polish and a new clutch.
The museum has recently unveiled a giant blue whale skeleton named Hope. The 25.2 meter mammal is suspended from the roof, replacing the much-loved Diplodocus dinosaur named Dippy. You may remember that Kate visited the museum last year to see off Dippy before its tour around the U.K. The Duchess and Sir David Attenborough are guests of honour at tonight’s gala launch reception where they both gave speeches. The Duchess mentioned that she enjoyed visiting the museum as a little girl, and she now enjoys being able to bring George and Charlotte. She also mentioned that she has always been in awe of the sea. “As someone who’s been fortunate to experience scuba diving—something I love doing—and seeing the incredible marine life, I have come to care deeply for the underlife waters and our conservation of our oceans.”
Blue whales have long been in the verge of extinction, but they have recently made a recovery after decades of exploitation. Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, said, “Putting our blue whale, Hope, at the centre of the Museum, between living species on the West and extinct species on the East, is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the responsibility we have towards our planet.”
The museum hopes that the Blue Whale will remind its visitors of the need to protect our oceans.