Duchess of Cambridge unveils blue whale skeleton at Natural History Museum

Dippy's replacement at the Natural History Museum is in place

"Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child", she said, which also caused her to be inspired to love nature.

A giant skeleton of a blue whale is being unveiled at the Natural History Museum which is so big bosses hope it will make people finally forget the previous tenant Dippy the Diplodocus.

"When the NHM's blue whale died in the C19th, there were 250,000 blue whales".

Hope has been chosen due to the fact that blue whales - which were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 20th century - were one of the first species that the human population made an effort to save on a global scale.

The web app is expected to go live in time with the opening of the new exhibition on July 14, as part of a number of digital materials focussing on Hintze Hall.

For her night at the museum, Middleton opted for a £637 powder blue dress by London fashion designer duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, featuring a fitted short sleeve bodice and full midi skirt.

"In her stunning new home, she is even more spectacular".

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge (35) might be one of the most stylish women in the world, but her personal style is predictable.

"My first encounter with the blue whale skeleton became a defining moment in my life, and I am sure Hope will inspire a new generation of visitors". It is largest known animal on Earth and is suspended from the ceiling.

Hintze Hall will reopen to the public on Friday following six months of refurbishment. Dippy was commissioned by the museum in 1905 and shown in Hintze Hall since 1979.

The director of the museum, Sir Michael Dixon, stressed the importance of its new collections and looking to the future.

On 13th July, in a BBC2 Horizon episode, Sir David narrated the story of replacing Dippy's replica cast with Hope's natural skeleton.

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