It is one of just a few joint engagements the couple have undertaken recently, and it has been said this is due to their wish one of them is at home with little George as often as possible. It's always interesting to see William and Kate together and of course very special for the organisation they're visiting. They both looked very relaxed upon arrival.
Their Royal Highnesses attended a reception with the film's attendees including Sir David Attenborough (if any of you share an interest in natural history, I believe you will find Mr. Attenborough's work both insightful and fascinating. His website can be found here). The couple also chatted with the film's producers and Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum before enjoying the 3D film, which will be broadcast on Sky in the New Year.
The ground-breaking film sees David Attenborough bringing to life his favourite extinct creatures through 3D technology. In the film, the naturalist stays behind as the doors are locked and night falls, meeting dinosaurs, ice-age beasts and giant reptiles which come alive in front of his eyes. The resurrected beasts include the moa, a long-extinct giant flightless bird; and Gigantophis, a snake that grew up to 36 metres long and lived 40 million years ago.
Below we see the skeleton of another animal, which is brought to life for the movie: Diplodocus, the dinosaur that welcomes visitors to Central Hall. Affectionately known as 'Dippy', it is often the first sight to greet museum visitors. When unveiled in 1905, Dippy became a star, so much so, even the royals took notice. King Edward VII saw a sketch of Diplodocus while visiting Andrew Carnegie at Skibo Castle in Scotland and remarked how much he'd like a similar specimen for the animal galleries of the British Museum (now known as the Natural History Museum). Carnegie obliged by commissioning a replica cast of his dinosaur.
You can watch the Alive 3D trailer here.
David Attenborough's insightful and delightful interaction with these creatures offers a window into prehistory to discover how these animals once roamed the planet.
More from the Natural History Museum:
'Spectacular visual effects, combined with Sir David's knowledge and museum expertise, recreate a time in prehistory.
Sir David, who has been coming to the Museum since childhood said, 'In this film we have the technology to bring back to life some of the most romantic and extraordinary extinct creatures that can be conceived. Some are relatively recent animals like the dodo, others older like the dinosaurs, and some we only know through fossil evidence. I hope that it will make people think about these extinct creatures differently and bring the Museum to life in a new and exciting way.'
Indeed, the incredible visual effects were produced by the same team whose combined credits include the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings film franchises.
William and Kate wore black 3D glasses and enjoyed popcorn.
Following the movie, William and Kate listened to speeches and a Questions and Answers session.
Kate enjoyed chatting to Sir David and asked a number of questions about the movie.
The Duchess was presented with a gift of stills from the movie by the twin children of the CEO of the production company, Jessica and Francis Geffen, aged three and a half. Their father Anthony Geffen said afterwards: 'She is brilliant with children and asked them about Christmas and whether they had seen the film at all.'
Kate has been patron of the Natural History Museum since April; she previously visited in November 2012 to open the Treasures Gallery.
Diana, Princess of Wales was also patron of the Museum for four years until 1993, when she gave up most of her official posts following her divorce from Prince Charles. Below we see the late Princess at the Museum in 1992, where she opened a dinosaur display which included full-size robotic and static models. Diana brought her two sons William and Harry with her for the memorable engagement.
|Natural History Museum|
William clearly enjoyed visiting with his mother and in 2009, the Prince joined Sir David Attenborough to open the 'Darwin Centre' which they heralded as key to answering the great questions of the natural world.
|Natural History Museum|
Kate wore her Temperley London 'Amoret' gown for the third time tonight. Readers will recall the Duchess initially wore it for the War Horse première in January 2012 and brought it back again in November 2012 for a black-tie fundraiser in support of St. Andrews University 600th Anniversary Campaign.
The $4055 long-sleeve gown is clearly a favourite of Kate's and one that works very well for a variety of occasions. I know many of Kate's fashion fans adore it and will be pleased to see it again.
The 'Amoret' is described as
''A statuesque lace gown trimmed with scalloped eyelash edges. A curved seam lends elegant movement to the skirt, and a feminine bow accents the removable crepe belt. The back closes with a hidden zip and a buttoned keyhole. Sheer 3/4 sleeves. Contrast slip-dress lining. 35% cotton, 17% polyamide, 48% viscose; Lining 100% Silk'.
A closer look at the lace detail.
It appears Kate wore her black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps.
Below we see the piece in yellow gold.
|Mappin and Webb|
Kate wore her diamond bracelet and matching earrings, which were a wedding gift from Prince Charles.
A closer look at the earrings.
What did you think of Kate's look tonight? Would you have preferred to see the Duchess in a new frock? You can watch a video here.
What else have the Cambridges been up to? The royal couple visited South Africa House in Trafalgar Square to sign the condolence book for Nelson Mandela, who sadly passed away last week. William and Kate were at the première when they heard the news. Producer Harvey Weinstein said, "Kate was very emotional, she was in tears and very moved by the events. We all were." The couple clearly felt it important to pay their respects and I thought it a lovely gesture on their behalf. You can view several more photos at the Mail Online.
Kate looked sophisticated in a polka dot (a reader noted the print is better known as a Swiss Dot Pattern) suit she has had in her possession for at least several years including the 2008 Order of the Garter ceremony. It remains unidentified. I thought it a very appropriate choice for the nature of the visit and I love how Kate brings back pieces several years later and adds various touches to freshen up the look.
Kate accessorised with Annoushka pearl earrings and her Mappin and Webb pendant.
Richard Palmer noted the Duke and Duchess attended a meeting for their foundation in Kensington yesterday.
|Richard Palmer Twitter Feed|
Richard Palmer also revealed tonight's engagement is expected to be William and Kate's last public duty before Christmas. The Duchess has been spotted out and about this week, walking George in Kensington Gardens and shopping at Kate Spade (perhaps a Christmas gift for Pippa, who is a fan of the brand). There's also talk the Cambridges plan to take their staff out for Christmas lunch next week.
We have several posts in the planning, beginning with our jewellery predictions post, Christmas-themed posts and more from our Kate Loves series. We're also working on updates to the site, adding categories and new pages to make it more user friendly :)