Kate Middleton leaves the royal jewels at home for museum opening

Peter Castro
July 15, 2017

A visit to the Natural History Museum in London may be a long trip for some people, but you can see its latest exhibit in a really awesome way.

The Duchess and Attenborough joined forces for the day to introduce the new blue whale skeleton, which measures 25.2m long and 4.5 tonnes and replaces the famed Dippy the dinosaur.

Hope came to the museum shortly after it opened in 1881.

In 1966, there were only 400 living blue whales, compared to around 250,000 during the 1800s.

Joining Sir David Attenborough to unveil the Natural History Museum's new blue whale feature, you'd be forgiven for thinking Kate had slipped back into her old ways at first glance.

Hintze Hall has another 10 new displays all chosen from the museum's collection of more than 80 million specimens.

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The museum bought the skeleton and initially displayed it in the Mammal Hall in 1934, where it was suspended above a real-size model of a blue whale - however, it was not in full view.

The Duchess of Cambridge's "kob" hairstyle looked organic with the pale blue dress by designer Thornton Bregazzi, and entire her outfit was rather simple but elegant and stylish. "It is impossible not to be struck by the sheer scale and majesty of this handsome creature as she dives towards you when you enter the Museum".

The 126-year-old skeleton has been positioned in a diving pose, taking months to prepare for exhibition.

The reopening of Hintze Hall marks the end of a five-year redevelopment programme at the museum by Casson Mann, which began with the refurbishment of the Treasures Gallery in 2012.

When the replacement was announced, over 14,000 signed petitions to keep Dippy in place, the museum carried on regardless, but later announced that the Diplodocus would be going on a nationwide tour until 2020.

Hintze Hall used to be called the Central Hall. The Natural History Museum also hopes to redevelop its outdoor space and expand digitisation.

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