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The Duchess of Cambridge names the RSS David Attenborough

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge naming of RSS David Attenborough. Photo: Anthony Delvin

The Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband at a naming ceremony for the RSS David Attenborough, the UK's newest polar research ship. The ship was famously almost named "Boaty McBoatface" following a public poll but ended up being named in honor of Sir David Attenborough.

Attenborough's career as a broadcaster has spanned decades and much of his work has focused on the natural world and human impact on it. The RRS David Attenborough is one of the most advanced polar research ships and will make crucial discoveries about the arctic, climate change and marine life. The ship was also designed specifically to reduce environmental impact of ship-borne science.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured the boat to learn about some of the cutting edge technology that the vessel is equipped with. The research ship features new designs that will allow it to cut into 3m of ice in order to gather data previously unavailable.

The Duke of Cambridge introduced Sir David Attenborough who gave a speech about the troubles the world is facing and the young people who are fighting to protect it. As per tradition, the Duchess gave a brief speech before smashing a bottle of champagne on the side of the boat.

Kate Middleton meeting members of the public
The Duchess of Cambridge met members of the public following the naming ceremony. Photo: Anthony Delvin

The Duke and Duchess then met some members of the public who had come out for the naming ceremony. The Duchess received flowers from a children's group that had dressed up as penguins in honor of the polar research ship.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge next scheduled engagement is on October 2nd. xx

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