Kate Middleton Made a Sartorial Nod to Her Children on Her Latest Outing
Subtle, but sweet.
Sir David Attenborough recently met with the Cambridge family, and everyone knows you don’t show up empty-handed to hang with a 7-year-old.
The historian gifted Prince George with a giant shark tooth he’d found while on vacation in Malta in the ‘60s. The tooth in question is believed to be around 23 million years old — so old, even for a family whose lineage can be traced back to the 9th century.
Kensington Palace shared news of Attenborough’s gift on their Instagram page — a decision they may now be regretting.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family with @DavidAttenborough. The photographs were taken earlier this week in the gardens of Kensington Palace, after The Duke and Sir David attended an outdoor screening of Sir David’s upcoming feature film 🎞️ ‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet’. With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, they continue to support one another in their missions to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces. This includes working together on The @EarthshotPrize 🌍 the most prestigious global environment prize in history – further details of which will be shared in the coming weeks. When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark 🦷 the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon (‘big tooth’). 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 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.
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Malta’s culture minister, José Herrera, is now reportedly looking into the tooth to determine if it should be returned to its home country.
"There are some artifacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved,” Herrera told the Times of Malta. “We rightly give a lot of attention to historical and artistic artifacts. However, it is not always the case with our natural history. I am determined to direct a change in this attitude.”
Though a plan for retrieving the fossil has not been disclosed to the press, Herrera promised he’d “get the ball rolling.”