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Sir David visited Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children for an outdoor screening of his latest film. To mark the occasion, Sir David gave Prince George a 23 million-year-old shark tooth he found while he was on vacation.
Prince Louis is seen holding the ancient treasure along with Prince William and his brother George.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family with @DavidAttenborough. The photographs were taken earlier this week in the gardens of Kensington Palace, after The Duke and Sir David attended an outdoor screening of Sir David’s upcoming feature film ️ ‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet’. With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, they continue to support one another in their missions to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces. This includes working together on The @EarthshotPrize the most prestigious global environment prize in history – further details of which will be shared in the coming weeks. When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon (‘big tooth’). Sir David found the tooth on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s, embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago. Carcharocles is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.
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The Duchess of Cambridge once told children visiting the Natural History Museum that George “loves the T Rex because it’s the noisiest and the scariest.”
But all three children started looking up to Sir David after watching all his TV shows.
She previously told Sir David how they were disappointed to find out they were not meeting him in a previous occasion.
She said: “The children were very upset that we were coming to see you and they weren’t coming, they’re massive fans of yours.”
About the encounter, a Palace aide said: “The children are massive fans of Sir David and this was the first time they had met him, although they have always wanted to.
“So they were absolutely delighted, and you can see from Charlotte’s reaction in the picture how excited she was.
“They were fascinated by the shark tooth and Sir David explained how he had found it, how old it was and how it had been preserved in Malta’s soft yellow limestone.”
After the screening of the 80-minute film, Sir David gave Prince William a copy of the accompanying book.
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️ Sir David Attenborough joined The Duke of Cambridge for a private outdoor screening of his upcoming film ‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet’, at Kensington Palace. pic.twitter.com/Q62JkYESLE
“It is a terrifying look at what we’ve done to the planet and where we are today, but it also offers hope and cause for optimism because if we can act now, and act together, we can turn things around.”
Prince William spoke out about the importance of looking after the environment in an upcoming ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All.
The documentary, set to be aired next month, also gives an insight on the Duke’s views on parenthood.
He said he has “always loved nature” but that fatherhood has given him a “new sense of purpose”.
He added: “Now I have got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life – your outlook does change.
“You want to hand over to the next generation, the wildlife in a much better condition.
“I always believe it is possible to give young people hope and belief that things can get fixed.
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