Every child goes through an inevitable ‘obsessed with dinosaurs’ stage, but imagine if you got to hold a real-life dinosaur bone in your hand as a little one.
Well, that’s exactly what 7-year-old Prince George was lucky enough to do last weekend, when Sir David Attenborough paid him a visit with a jaw-dropping gift.
The natural historian and documentary maker was invited to host an outdoor screening of his soon-to-be-released documentary at Kensington Palace over the weekend, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children in attendance.
While there, Sir David gifted a 23-million-year-old shark tooth.
He found the tooth from a 15m extinct shark species, with the official scientific name for the fossil listed as ‘carcharocles megalodon’ which translates to ‘big tooth’.
The tooth was discovered by Sir David in Malta in the 1960s.
Snaps show the delighted mini-royal admiring the tooth as his baby brother Louis watches on.
“George got an amazing gift from Sir David [but] I think Louis has an eye on his brother’s gift,” one observer commented on the photos, which were shared to the Kensington Palace Twitter page.
The film the group watched was Sir David’s documentary looking back over his impressive 70-year career, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.
The 94-year-old has been an outspoken proponent for climate change action, his latest documentary focusing on the impact mankind has had on the planet and the ways we can reverse some of the damage.
William and Sir David have discussed the climate crisis publicly before, with William interviewing the famed naturalist at the World Economic Forum in Davos where the pair discussed possible action what could, and should, be taken to combat climate change.
Photos of the pair’s reunion shared to Instagram ahead of the full images released on Sunday had already sparked debate among royal watchers.
While neither man actually appeared in the initial snap which was shared to the Kensington Royal Instagram account on Saturday, they were represented by a pair of director’s chairs emblazoned with their names.
In the pic, Prince William, 38, and Sir David’s navy chairs are positioned next to one another, however, as several royal fans have pointed out, upon closer inspection Will’s seat looks to be just a few centimetres taller.
“Anyone else noticed that Prince Williams chair is just slightly taller? Not sure I have ever seen this before,” wrote one follower in the comments section.