Natural History Museum unveils 'Dippy' the Diplodocus replacement Hope the blue whale

The doting mum-of-two attended a ceremony at the museum she is a patron of, where the new giant blue whale skeleton has been unveiled.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with Sir David Attenborough (middle) and Sir Michael Dixon, the Museum's Director, beneath Hope the blue whale.

Replacing its predecessor and visitor favorite - a Diplodocus dinosaur affectionately known as Dippy - the massive female blue whale named Hope recently became the museum's main exhibit, serving as a "symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future".


The 35-year-old revealed during an appearance at the unveiling of the revamped Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum on Thursday evening (13 July) that the young royals now possess the same love for nature she does.

Each of the three environments has a series of "hotspots" around them, which invite the user to explore a range of short stories about the whale, as well as infographics, videos and links to the wider natural history Museum site.

'Who could fail to be inspired standing here in this wonderful hall.


According to the museum, the skeleton comes from a whale that was stranded in 1891 on Ireland's Wexford Harbour Island. "It is so fitting to see the ocean now taking centre stage, with many other marine specimens as star attraction in this splendid Hintze Hall".

Hope has already represented a defining moment in the lives of curators and conservation teams, and the museum hopes she will inspire a new generation of visitors when doors open Friday. "This idea lies at the heart of this new Hintze Hall design". Yet Kate Middleton and Prince William are continuing to make changes and adjustments to suit the lifestyle they wish to maintain for themselves and their children.

He's been on display since 1979, but now he's going on a tour around the UK.



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