Our Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge at a tea party to say goodbye to Dippy the Diplodocus

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of the Museum.  

The Duchess has been Patron of the Museum since April 2013. This is a reflection of her interest in and commitment to the Museum's role in helping people to reconnect with the natural world and answer the big questions about how we can protect our planet's future.

In the Annual Review 2015/16 The Duchess said, 'As a regular visitor myself, I know that inspiring feeling we all have every time we enter the Natural History Museum and marvel at the spectacular wonders of the natural world.‪

'The much anticipated re-imagination of Hintze Hall, to re-open summer 2017, will inspire us all to create a sustainable world for future generations - a goal that has never seemed more important.'

HRH Prince George visits the Sensational Butterflies exhibition

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince George visited Sensational Butterflies in 2014 © PA 


Sir Michael Dixon, Museum Director, says, 'The Duchess's support is helping us challenge how people think about the natural world. We are at a critical moment in humanity’s existence.

'Our role is not just to explain the challenge, but to inform the choices that will shape the world for the next generation, and to inspire future generations of scientists and explorers.'

Since becoming Patron, The Duchess has visited the Museum numerous times to enjoy the galleries and find out more about its scientific work. 

The Duchess with Carlos Naval

The Duchess with Carlos Perez Naval, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014 © Getty Images


Her visits have included:

  • attending a children's tea party celebrating the Diplodocus Dippy's time in Hintze Hall, ahead of his departure for a tour of the UK
  • attending the premiere of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D with HRH The Duke of Cambridge in December 2013
  • attending the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in October 2014
  • a private visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition with TRH The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George to celebrate the Prince's first birthday in July 2014
  • opening the Treasures exhibition in the Cadogan Gallery in November 2012, before she became Patron

She also accompanied HRH The Duke of Cambridge to Borneo in September 2012, where they met Museum scientists researching rainforest biodiversity. 


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