The Duchess of Cambridge attended an evening gala at London’s Natural History Museum to open the museum’s new Hintze Hall.
Following a 6 month refurbishment of the space, Hintze Hall now boasts a grand blue whale skeleton, named Hope, and a redesign focused on ocean habitats and conservation. Kensington Palace on Twitter shared that whales became an endangered species, and in 1966 they became the first animal protected by international law. Over the years, the populations have recovered – a reminder that we can make change to protect our natural world.
Catherine and William are both passionate conservationists, supporting many causes to protect wildlife and our natural world.
At tonight’s event, the Duchess met with ecologists, museum curators and directors, to learn more about marine ecology and conservation. Sir David Attenborough was also at the event; he and Catherine have attended events for the Natural History Museum previously.
Catherine gave a speech at the grand opening, one that was very personal and relaxed compared to previous speeches, where she shares her love of the ocean and George and Charlotte’s love of the Natural History Museum. You can read the full speech here.
For tonight’s event, the Duchess debuted a lovely blue frock from Preen – the “Everly” dress was from their 2014 collection and featured a full, pleated skirt and a classic silhouette. The dress is available in some sizes in black at The Outnet.
Kate accessorized with Prada sandals – we first saw them during her tour of India – which gave the classic dress a spunky, updated look. She wore her Temple of Heaven earrings and carried a new clutch by Jerome C. Rousseau (thanks to UFO No More for this find!)
This was a really fun event – it is so nice to see Kate’s passions on display, in this case for ocean conservation, and to hear more tidbits about George and Charlotte’s visits to the museum.