Duchess of Cambridge welcomes 'Hope' the whale to the Natural History Museum

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM- JULY 13 Catherine Duchess of Cambridge makes a speech during the reopening of Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum

A visit to the Natural History Museum in London may be a long trip for some people, but you can see its latest exhibit in a really awesome way.

A giant skeleton of a blue whale skeleton has taken pride of place at the Natural History Museum - replacing Dippy, the venue's much-loved diplodocus.

The blue whale is the biggest creature on earth and the museum hopes the size of the skeleton will leave visitors to the hall, which will reopen on Friday, in awe.

On Thursday, the museum presented an official unveiling of Hope along with the time-lapse video that shows the skeleton being pieced together from start to finish.

The blue whale has been named Hope as a "symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future".

The Duchess of Cambridge will join Sir David Attenborough for her official unveiling later today, before the hall reopens to the public tomorrow.

Hope, the blue whale skeleton, in its new Hintze Hall home.

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM- JULY 13 Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough are shown a blue whale skeleton named Hope by museum director Sir Michael Dixon during the reopening of Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum on July
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

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

The 35-year-old royal - who looked understated in a pale blue Preen dress and black Prada heels - delivered a speech as patron of the museum, and was among the first to view the huge 83-foot skeleton as it was hung from the ceiling in the newly refurbished Hintze Hall.

Despite being known for her impeccable style and having one of the world's most envied wardrobes, it wouldn't be unfair to note that the Duchess of Cambridge's aesthetic is often a little safe.

Meanwhile, Dippy has found himself a new role touring the UK.

The Natural History Museum has unveiled its first major refurbishment since the 1970s, transforming architect Alfred Waterhouse's Hintze Hall at the entrance to the museum.

However, a #SaveDippy campaign on Twitter failed to change museum director Sir Michael Dixon's mind.



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