Sir David Attenborough delighted a starstruck Prince George by giving him a fossilised tooth during a private screening of the naturalist's new documentary at Kensington Palace.
The young prince looked captivated as he was handed the special gift, the tooth of a carcharocles megalodon, a shark that was once a sea predator. Sir David had excavated the tooth himself during a family holiday in Malta in the late 1960s.
It was embedded in the island's soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago.
The Duke of Cambridge was hosting the private viewing at Kensington Palace. Both Sir David and Prince William campaign on environmental issues, with a shared passion for protecting the natural world.
Kate and William shared images of the event on Kensington Royal's Instagram, in which Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis looked awestruck as they meet Sir David. Kate has previously revealed how her children are huge fans of the 94-year-old beloved broadcaster.
In one of the photos, George can be seen examining his special fossil with Prince William smiling as he and Louis look on. In another photo, Sir David and William sit in two director's chairs with their names on while watching the documentary on the grounds of the palace.
"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," Kensington Royal's caption read.
In A Life On Our Planet, David looks back on the defining moments of his life's work and the devastating changes he has witnessed.
Sir David was interviewed by Prince William at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year, where he warned humanity needed to act fast to prevent parts of the natural world being destroyed.
William and Kate have previously worked with Sir David to help the environment, and in January, the naturalist narrated the announcement of the Earthshot Prize, a cash reward for solutions to environmental problems.
The initiative aims to find 50 solutions to our greatest environmental problems over the next decade and Kensington Palace is set to announce more details in the coming days.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is released in cinemas on Monday and launches on Netflix on October 4.
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