The Duchess of Cambridge was out in London today, making a previously-unannounced visit to the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity. The aim of the visit was to hear more about how it is championing and helping to protect UK wildlife, and was undertaken in her role as patron of the Natural History Museum.
We had a very royal visit this morning, as HRH the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Museum to hear how our staff are working to protect UK wildlife.
— Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) October 9, 2019
The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity is situated within the Natural History Museum. On of its key roles is to support individuals, schemes and societies that record, monitor and protect the UK’s biodiversity. At the centre you can get help identifying a specimen you have found, makes use of their visitor space, access their UK biodiversity reference collection and the London Natural History Society’s library. If you are a member of a natural history organisation, you may book their workshop space and meeting rooms.
The centre works closely with staff of the Natural History Museum in all the work that they carry out. Catherine has been patron of the Natural History Museum in London since 2013 and has been a regular visitor since then, both publicly and also privately with her children. In a speech she made in 2017, Kate expressed that both George and Charlotte are fans of the museum, saying: “I am experiencing the joy all over again with my own children, who adore coming here.”
While touring the centre with Museum Director Michael Dixon, the Duchess got to view some of the museums specimen and also see DNA sequencing in action. DNA sequencing is performed to identify the tiniest insects and microorganisms that are playing their part in our environment. Kate looked quiet amazed while watching on: “oh wow!” came her comment to Dr John Tweddle.
Wanting to know more, the Royal was seen asking many questions while also looking interestedly at each thing she was shown.
One thing that seemed to really catch the Duchess’ eye was the sample of pond life that was on display. Bending down for a closer look, she pointed to various creatures asking about each one with a smile on her face.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the outdoors can have on physical and mental wellbeing, particularly in children. This past summer, she has been campaigning to get everyone, children especially, out into nature more – with her three ‘Back To Nature’ gardens, her appearance on Blue Peter and her backing of the Backyard Nature Campaign. The centre, and the Natural History Museum, also share her passion and encourage young people to do their part in protecting nature.
Today’s engagement comes ahead of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Pakistan on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which begins next week. We recently found out that one of their focuses will be the environment and how climate change has affected the region.