Today, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a special tea party with 20 children and Dippy the Diplodocus to bid farewell to the dinosaur as he heads on a two-year tour of the UK.
Dippy is 4.25 metres high and 21.3 metres long and has been at the Natural History Museum since 1908. Dippy stood at the museum’s entrance for thirty-seven years. During his tour, it’s estimated he will be seen by over 1.5 million people. He is one of ten replica dinosaurs in the world.
The lucky children joining The Duchess were from Oakington Manor primary school in London. The Duchess and children, or ‘Dino-Scientists’ got on with many activities during today’s event.
They went on a mini fossil dig for one, decorated ‘dinosaur’ eggs, and other various crafts such as colouring cardboard versions of the famous Dippy. The group also painted, which The Duchess joined right in despite wearing a new dress.
Place2Be, helped organise the Duchess’s visit. Catherine serves as Patron of the mental health charity. Later this evening, she will attend the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards in London at Mansion House. Catherine will present the Child Champion and Young Person Champion Award. A major focus on The Duchess’ charity work is on mental health. Place2Be gives children the tools they need to face mental health issues while they are young and encourages them to help encourage their peers to do the same.
The Duchess chatted with staff and children from the local school as they learned about dinosaurs. She also revealed a fun fact about Prince george, telling the children: “George loves the T Rex because it’s the noisiest and the scariest.” And about eighteen-month-old Princess Charlette, she said, she is: “extremely chatty.” She loves having playdates with her big brother.
To close the event, Catherine cut a special Dippy on Tour cake with the museum’s director Sir Michael Dixon. to send Dippy off on his big tour, the royal mum took one good luck photo with the Diplodocus.