Kate Middleton gave a speech at a reception at the Natural History Museum last night, July 13, where she spoke about her children’s love of the NHM, how she loves scuba diving, and how she deeply cares about ocean conservation.
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Kate, as Patron of the Natural History Museum, attended the re-opening of Hintze Hall which now features a blue whale skeleton named Hope, which has replaced Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton cast after Dippy left the NHM to your the UK. Kate attended the reception and met guests and curators where she heard about ocean ecology and conservation which KP tweeted is “a subject of particular interest for her”. Kate, along with Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon and Sir David Attenborough toured the new exhibitions “Wonder Bays”. And Kate gave a speech, saying:
“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 is 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 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 life under our waters and the 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 this new Hintze Hall design. As I stand here tonight, I have every confidence that this spectacular display will go a long way not only inspire a new generation but it will also encourage us all to think about and to 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.”
Just reading the transcript, this is a nice speech. It connects the NHM to her personally by talking about her own childhood experience and now that of her children, it connects the topic of ocean conversation to her personally by bringing in that she loves scuba diving, I like that she brought up David Attenborough’s ideas on people needing to experience nature and what the NHM hopes to get out of the exhibit. She even make a little joke at the beginning. The speech didn’t give detailed information, but she was introducing another speaker so I don’t think it needed to. This was a nice little speech.
Let’s take a look at the video of Kate’s speech:
The Duchess of Cambridge delivers a speech to open the new blue whale exbit at the @NHM_London. pic.twitter.com/EL2bjxVUBx
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Her voice is still a bit shaky in places, but overall she did seem more comfortable speaking. Her hair hung down and was a bit in the way, but she wasn’t constantly touching it, so that’s an improvement. Overall, I’d say this is definitely one of Kate’s best speeches.
I want to talk about the fact that KP said marine conservation is “a subject of particular interest” for Kate and this paragraph from the speech: “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 life under our waters and the conservation of our oceans.”
Is this some sort of transition to Kate’s Big Cause being marine conservation? Because she/KP/royal “sources” have literally never mentioned her caring deeply about marine conservation. Is this something new and now she’s transitioning into that, or is this a throwaway line in this one speech? I’m very curious. Mental health has been her Big Cause for about two years now, and based on her previous timeline, it does fit that she would change up her Big Cause soon. So is marine conservation her next Big Cause, or am I thinking too much about this?
Kate wore a new Preen dress, the pale blue Everly stretch-crepe dress (£637). The dress is cut from stretch-crepe and has a gathered waist which makes the skirt poof out from the bodice at the waist.
Kate paired the simple dress with plum (purple) Prada “Scalloped suede sandals” ($820) (shown here in black) which Kate previously wore in India (I remember there was a debate at the time whether they were navy or black, turns out they were purple) – and apparently she heard everyone yelling about her feet at Wimbledon because she painted her toe nails red for the occasion.
Kate wore her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings and carried a new purple clutch which I love.
I like this look on Kate. It’s very simple, but pretty, and I love the addition of the purple accessories.
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July 13 was a busy day for the royals, with every royal out and about it seemed (which may be why next to no one from the press showed up to Kate’s engagement). I will cover the other parts of the Spanish State Visit later (as this is a Kate blog, Kate comes first), and today is Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday which means even more royal watching. I don’t have time to cover everything right away, so I will be playing catch up over the weekend.
More photos from Kate’s event: