UK museum unveils huge whale skeleton

Hintze Hall reopening at the Natural History Museum

Dippy the dinosaur, the plaster cast of a diplodocus that has reared over visitors to the museum's central, now "Hintze", hall since 1979, has gone.

Kate's glow was the flawless accessory, and she chose to forgo any jewellery every or a tiara for the Museum's Gala event.

In a rare speech at the opening, the Duchess said she had loved visiting the museum as a child. "The transformation of Hintze Hall represents a new era for us as a natural history museum for the future".

"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", she said of the museum which is less than a mile from Kensington Palace. The museum made a decision to name the whale "Hope" saying it was "a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future". The director of the museum, Sir Michael Dixon said.

All alone in Hintze Hall, the blue whale skeleton which is being unveiled to the great and good at the Natural History Museum.

Dippy's replacement, the blue whale, is the largest known animal on Earth.

During her solo visit, Kate, who stunned in a glittering tiara at a state banquet Wednesday night, saw the unveiling of the London museum's latest attraction - a giant blue whale skeleton.

The museum bought her for £250, before the bones first went on display in 1938 at the opening of the mammals hall.

It would be joined by several other new exhibits, including a giraffes, a blue marlin, a Mantellisaurus dinosaur skeleton and a meteorite that is 4.5bn-years-old.

The new exhibition officially opens to the public on Friday.

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