The Duchess of Cambridge opened up about family life with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in a speech at the Natural History Museum last night, revealing that the royal children "adore" visiting the museum.
"Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child, and being inspired with a love of nature," she said. "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."
Catherine was invited to unveil the 83-foot blue whale skeleton which now hangs from the ceiling of the museum's revamped Hintze Hall in place of Dippy the Diplodocus. Dippy, who went on display in 1979, is now setting off on a nationwide museum and gallery tour.
The skeleton taking the iconic dinosaur's place belongs to a whale beached at Wexford Harbour in 1891, bought by the museum for £250.
Museum director Michael Dixon described the new exhibit as "a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the responsibility we have towards our planet".
Kate, who has experience of scuba diving, added that she has "come to care deeply about life under our waters and the conservation of our oceans" and hoped that the new exhibit would inspire visitors to the museum in the same way.
"Who could fail to be inspired standing here in this wonderful hall?" the Duchess asked. "It is so fitting to see the ocean now taking centre stage, with many other marine specimens as star attraction in this splendid Hintze Hall."
Catherine, who has recently had a few inches trimmed from her glossy brunette locks, debuted a new style of curles with a sophisticated centre parting hairstyle at the event.
In an ice blue Prada midi dress, which to us looks like a nod towards the flawless style of Princess Grace of Monaco, and a pair of strappy black Prada sandals, she looked every inch the princess.