Speech by the Duchess of Cambridge at the Natural History Museum
13 July 2017
Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child, and being inspired with a love of nature. And now, as a parent myself, I am experiencing the joy all over again with my own children, who adore coming here, and it’s not just to see the T-Rex – mind you.
Who could fail to be inspired standing here in this wonderful hall. It is so fitting to see the ocean now taking centre stage, with many other marine specimens as star attractions in this splendid Hintze Hall.
As we are increasingly learning, marine conservation is a global challenge, for all nations and for all people.
I, personally, have always been in awe of the sea. As someone who has been fortunate to experience scuba diving, something I love doing, and seeing the incredible marine life, I have come to care deeply about the under-life waters [life under our waters] and our conservation of our oceans.
Sir David Attenborough has famously talked about the fact that people will not protect what they don’t first care about, and will not care about what they have never experienced. This idea lies at the heart of the new Hintze Hall design. As I stand here tonight, I have every confidence that this spectacular display will go a long way – not only to inspire a new generation, but it will also encourage us all to think about and care for our marine life.
Our Blue Whale, Hope, at the heart of the museum will help the millions of visitors that come here each year experience the wonders of our oceans.
So, as Patron of the Natural History Museum, it gives me great pleasure to declare the new Hintze Hall open.
I now have the honour of introducing a great friend of this Museum, and somebody who has perhaps done more than anybody else on the planet to inspire a love of nature – Sir David Attenborough.