Prince George gets special present as William and Kate have movie night with Sir David Attenborough

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3 mins read
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Naturalist Sir David Attenborough presented Prince George with a special gift as he joined the Cambridge family for a lockdown movie night.

Sir David, 94, gave George, seven, a fossilised giant shark’s tooth to mark their meeting at Kensington Palace.

Prince William hosted the TV legend for an outdoor private screening of A Life On Our Planet, a documentary giving his first-hand account after decades of broadcasting on the natural world.

Kensington Palace teased the event on Friday night, sharing a picture on social media of two directors chairs, one marked ‘Prince William’ and the other ‘Sir David’.

But a photo shared of the viewing shows the men actually sat in each others chairs during the outdoor, socially distanced viewing.

While it doesn’t appear Kate and the three children joined them to watch the documentary, pictures released by Kensington Palace show the youngest royals getting to meet the veteran broadcaster, who are big fans.

In one, George looks fascinated by the shark’s tooth he has been given, as he sits on a bench next to his father.

The tooth is from an extinct Carcharocles megalodon, one of the most feared predators of the sea, and was found by Sir David on a family holiday in Malta in the 1960s.

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Charlotte, five, is unable to hide her joy as she looks at Sir David, with Kate smiling down on her daughter.

Sir David and William look to be sharing a joke in the moment, as they both laugh, while Louis, two, is distracted by something off camera.

Kate, 38, looks to have co-ordinated the family outfits in shades of blue, led by her own choice of a long blue shirt dress.

Charlotte complemented her grey dress with blue shoes.

George was wearing a blue checked shirt and trousers, while Louis was dressed in a blue jumper, over a similar checked shirt, and navy shorts, matching his brother and father.

It’s traditional in royal circles for younger boys to wear shorts with long socks, rather than trousers.

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Earlier this week, Prince William’s own nature documentary, due out next month was revealed. He was joined by a crew two years ago to put together Prince William: A Planet For Us All.

In the trailer, he said: “Now I have got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life – your outlook does change. You want to hand over to the next generation, the wildlife in a much better condition.”

The short clip shared on social media on Tuesday also showed Kate and William meeting Sir David, with Kate saying: “The children were very upset that we were coming to see you and they weren’t coming.

“They’re massive fans of yours.”

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William and Sir David have established a good working relationship through their projects on the natural world. William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last year, and Sir David is supporting the royal’s Earthshot Prize.

The prize is an environmental award designed to help tackle issues like climate change. It was announced in December 2019, and more details are expected in the coming weeks.

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is to be shown in cinemas from Monday and on Netflix from 4 October, with an accompanying book out on 1 October.