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This week, Sir David Attenborough broke Jennifer Aniston’s record as the person who got one million Instagram followers faster than anyone else. I mean, come on; he’s David Attenborough, the 94-year-old natural historian who has been the voice behind pretty much every documentary that ever taught us anything about the planet we call home. He deserves this social-media honor and so much more.
So, it was Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis who were the lucky ones this week when they spend some time with Attenborough in the gardens of Kensington Palace. The family hung out with the legendary Englishman after Kate Middleton and Prince William enjoyed an outdoor viewing of Attenborough’s upcoming feature film David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. Kate and William shared some adorable photos of the moments George, Charlotte, and Louis shared with Attenborough. I mean. Look at this:
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Attenborough is probably a hero in all of these kids’ eyes, but he seems to have especially won over George. “When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark 🦷 the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon (‘big tooth’),” the duke and duchess’s Instagram shared. “Sir David found the tooth on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s, embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago. Carcharocles is believed to have grown to 15 meters in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.”
But let’s be clear: This isn’t all about the kiddos. William and Attenborough also took this picture, where they swapped personalized chairs.
Attenborough and Prince William have been buds for a while, per this timeline from Town & Country. In fact, the famous broadcaster has been friends with the royal family for far longer than William has been alive. In 1958, he met William’s father, Charles, and Charles’s sister, Anne; Charles showed Attenborough his cockatoo, Cocky. Between 1986 and 1991, he produced the Queen’s Christmas address. The Queen knighted him in 1985.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2019, William interviewed Attenborough about climate change.
“We can wreck the natural world with ease,” Attenborough said. “We can wreck the natural world without even noticing. But, in doing so, we wreck ourselves,” he said. “I ask this room to care for the natural world…There is more power in this room than any gathering anywhere. The people here need to do something about the natural world.”
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