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Duchess of Cambridge wishes Dippy good luck at a tea party

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Museum and Place2Be, attended a children's tea party in the Museum today to celebrate Dippy's time in Hintze Hall.

Her Royal Highness took part in crafts and science activities and joined Sir Michael Dixon for a celebratory cake cutting ceremony.

HRH met 20 young guests from Oakington Manor Primary School, Wembley, who were brought to the Museum by the charity Place2Be for a tea party. She took part in activities including dino-inspired crafts and a mini fossil dig from the Museum's Dino Scene Investigation schools activity. The tea party also included a cake cutting by HRH, before a final 'good luck' photo with the Diplodocus.

Place2Be is the UK's leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.  The charity works in 282 primary and secondary schools across Wales, Scotland and England, reaching a school population of over 116,000 pupils.

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dippy will be travelling the length and breadth of the country from early 2018 to late 2020 on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures.

Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905. His last day in Hintze Hall will be 4 January. Before he goes, he will host a range of special activities including a Christmas children's sleepover and a New Year's Eve party.

In summer 2017 the Museum will unveil dramatic new displays in Hintze Hall with a vast Blue Whale centre stage leading a cast of natural world stars telling the story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet's future.

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