Duchess Of Cambridge's 'Kob' Steals The Show At The Natural History Museum

Duchess Of Cambridge's 'Kob' Steals The Show At The Natural History Museum

Dippy the Diplodocus is one of the Natural History Museum's most recognisable residents.

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

"Blue whales had been hunted to near extinction but they became the first species we decided on a global scale to save, giving us hope for the future", the museum wrote on Facebook.

The Duchess of Cambridge will join Sir David Attenborough today at the Natural History Museum for the unveiling of its latest attraction in the vast Hintze Hall.

But its impressive Hintze Hall is now dominated by the new arrival called Hope.

The museum first displayed Hope in 1934, 40 years after the whale was stranded in an Irish harbour.

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.

Conservation teams, engineers, and curators have been working on Hope's skeleton for several months, most of the time in an off-site warehouse, cleaning and preparing her 221 bones for the big move.

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.

Kate, who is a patron of the museum, and the famous naturalist will be among the first to see the 25-metre long skeleton suspended from the ceiling. As a result, the iconic Diplodocus skeleton "Dippy", will tour around the United Kingdom for three years visiting locations including a cathedral, parliament and a community centre.

"This is a landmark moment for the Museum and for the millions of people from all over the world who visit us", the museum's director Sir Michael Dixon said in a press release. Today, the hall is named after him. The Natural History Museum also hopes to redevelop its outdoor space and expand digitisation.

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