The Cambridges get a Backyard film premiere with Sir David Attenborough

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With no red carpet, no flashing paparazzi bulbs, and no Hollywood starlets walking through Leicester Square in glamorous, fleshless dresses, this was a royal film premiere like no other.

Instead, Prince William sat in a rickety wooden chair in his back garden alongside a 94-year-old man wrapped in a tartan blanket to avoid the fall chill.

But that man was Sir David Attenborough, who was unveiling his new documentary – and who received a reception worthy of Tinseltown’s hottest star from three enthusiastic young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after screening.

Sir David Attenborough received a reception worthy of Tinseltown’s hottest star from three enthusiastic young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five, after the screening of his new documentary.

He presented seven-year-old George with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he found on a family vacation in Malta in the late 1960s.

He presented seven-year-old George with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he found on a family vacation in Malta in the late 1960s.

He presented seven-year-old George with a tooth from an extinct giant shark, which lived 23 million years ago, which he found on a family vacation in Malta in the late 1960s.

The three children are all interested in dinosaurs and were fascinated by the megalodon fossil and enthusiastically asked Sir David a number of questions.

A palace aide said: ‘The kids are huge fans of Sir David and this was the first time they had met him, although they always wanted to. So they were absolutely thrilled, and you can see Charlotte’s reaction in the photo how excited she was.

“They were fascinated by the shark’s tooth and Sir David explained how he found it, how old it was and how it was preserved in the soft yellow limestone of Malta.

Kate, in a new £ 1,295 Gabriela Hearst denim shirt dress and £ 475 Rupert Sanderson pumps, smiled as Charlotte, in a £ 23 Zara floral Peter Pan collar dress, rested her hands on her face excitedly.

George, in a £ 40 Trotters plaid shirt and £ 50 Start-Rite school brogues, handled the giant tooth with obvious astonishment.

The joyous reunion in Kensington Palace Gardens took place Thursday afternoon after William, 38, and the seasoned broadcaster watched David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, about the naturalist’s 70-year career as as a defender of the environment and of the environmental crisis facing the planet.

Socially distanced in the open air, The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered director chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat inside each other. The couple then watched the 80-minute film and Sir David gave the prince a copy of the accompanying book.

Socially distanced in the open air, The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered director's chairs with their names printed on the back - but as a joke they sat in each other.

Socially distanced in the open air, The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered director’s chairs with their names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other.

The palace aide added: “The Duke thought it was Sir David’s best documentary to date. It’s a terrifying look at what we’ve done to the planet and where we are today, but it also offers hope and grounds for optimism because if we can act now and act together, we can to change things.

The two have been friends for some time. William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last year and during the discussion, the broadcaster and WWF Ambassador warned that humanity must act not to “wipe out part of the world. natural world ”.

Last year, the Duke and Duchess officially named a polar research vessel after Sir David – despite the public voting to call it Boaty McBoatface – and at the ceremony Kate told the broadcaster that the children were ” very upset ”not to be able to come and meet him.

Sir David’s documentary was originally scheduled to hit theaters in April, premiering at the Royal Albert Hall. However, the film fell victim to the coronavirus lockdown and the producers had to postpone the release until this week.

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet will now screen in theaters tomorrow for just one night and will then be available on Netflix from October 4. The accompanying book – excerpts which The Mail on Sunday has printed over the past two weeks – came out on Thursday.

Duchess of Cornwall, 73, urges country to help PAOs ‘break the silence of loneliness’ after months of lockdown – and after being isolated from Prince Charles when he tested positive for coronavirus

It’s only been a few short months since she had her own experience of loneliness – so it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Cornwall has made a personal appeal for everyone to support the elderly.

In a video message, Camilla, 73, urges the nation to “break the silence many live in, perhaps with a phone call to a grandparent, a card to an elderly neighbor, or by hosting your own virtual event.” .

She was speaking in support of a national day to celebrate the elderly next weekend called Silver Sunday.

“It’s a day that gives all of us the opportunity to focus on the contributions of older people to our communities and to our society,” she said. “As a member of Silver Sunday’s target audience, I can honestly say that this is a very brilliant initiative.

The Duchess of Cornwall has made a personal appeal for everyone to support the elderly

The Duchess of Cornwall has made a personal appeal for everyone to support the elderly

“Its aim is to tackle the scourge of loneliness that affects so many people and which, sadly, has increased dramatically in the last few months of the lockdown.

“Over a million seniors say they go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbor or family member. Silver Sunday is a great time to break the silence that many live in.

After Prince Charles, 71, was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March, Camilla was forced to isolate herself from her husband at their Scottish Birkhall home and desperately missed him.

She has relied on the Houseparty video calling app to stay in touch with those closest to her, including her children Laura Lopes and Tom Parker-Bowles, and her grandchildren.

Speaking more about Silver Sunday, Camilla added, “I want to encourage everyone to take the time to remember the older generation on October 4th and find creative ways to express our appreciation and gratitude to them. In doing so, you will truly make the biggest difference for anyone feeling lonely this fall. In the words of Silver Sunday, you will “fill the day with silver liners and the promise of happy days.”

A palace aide said: “The Duchess does a lot of work relating to the older generation. One of the biggest problems is the misery of isolation.

“She knows how difficult this particular year has been for many seniors as the lockdown has made it so difficult to be with loved ones. This sadness at being separated from her family is something she feels deeply about herself, so she wanted to promote Silver Sunday as a way to encourage people to connect with not just older members of their own family. , but also with their friends and neighbors.

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