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Hope’ the whale replaces ‘Dippy’ as London museum’s skeleton star

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

The royal dazzled in a pale blue Preen dress and Prada heels as she joined Sir David Attenborough at the London museum.

The skeleton of the blue whale - the largest creature to have ever lived - hangs between the museum's display of living species on the west side and extinct species on the east, and its position is said to symbolise humanity's responsibility towards the environment. The International Whaling Commission banned hunting blue whales at a meeting in London that year.

New home! The blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum. According to the museum, the skeleton comes from a whale that was stranded in 1891 on Ireland's Wexford Harbour Island. Reconstruction took months and mostly occurred in an offsite warehouse due to its size.

As the patron of the museum, she mingled with the curators of the "Wonders Bay" exhibit, which will educate visitors on the ocean ecology and conservation.

Chatting to Attenborough about the reopening of the hall, the Duchess said: "You must have seen they've made a few changes here over the years", before they embarked on a tour of the museum.

The whale skeleton has replaced Dippy the Diplodocus, which first went on display there in 1979.

Hintze Hall has another 10 new displays all chosen from the museum's collection of more than 80 million specimens. Chief digital and product officer at the museum, Piers Jones, says the museum wanted a "highly visual experience that would work in-gallery and on mobile" so visitors could engage with information about the whale in their own pace, whether they visited the museum in person or via the web app.

All alone in Hintze Hall, the blue whale skeleton which is being unveiled to the great and good at the Natural History Museum.

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