Published 27 November 2012

Being here tonight, seeing some of nature’s finest treasures, reminds me just how precious and awe inspiring the natural world is.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Thank you Dr Dixon.

Before I start, I would also like to send my very best wishes to Sir David. It is a great shame that he cannot be here this evening.

It is a huge honour to be here tonight. The Natural History Museum has a very special place in the heart of this nation. William and I are just two of millions of people who have passed through these doors, and marvelled at the spectacular wonders of the natural world, housed in this beautiful gallery.

I care passionately about what this museum stands for. Being here tonight, seeing some of nature’s finest treasures, reminds me just how precious and awe inspiring the natural world is.

That is why the opening of Treasures is so incredibly exciting. If it were ever needed, there is now even more reason to visit this wonderful museum. It is a real privilege for me to declare Treasures, in The Cadogan Gallery, officially open.