The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived to join Sir David Attenborough for the naming ceremony of the polar research vessel that the public voted to call Boaty McBoatface.
That name was vetoed and the ship is today officially named the RRS Sir David Attenborough at a ceremony at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside.
William and Kate are given a tour of the ship and meet a team of engineers, including young students, who have been involved in the construction.
Kate is wearing a cornflower-blue utility jacket from Alexander McQueen that she has previously worn on three different occasions.
Together with Sir David, the royal couple also meet scientists who will demonstrate the state-of-the-art equipment used to conduct research, and schoolchildren involved in the Polar Explorer program of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
The duke and duchess of Cambridge are given a tour of the research vessel that was almost called Boaty McBoatface
The duchess looked cheerful when she crossed the harbor in Birkenhead, Merseyside to board the new ship
Kate was seen laughing with local dignitaries in Birkenhead, the Merseyside docks that built the new ship
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be given a tour of the new ship, which is hoped that this will provide new scientific insights into the oceans and global warming
Kate looked cheerful when she and her husband boarded the boat, which will soon sail to the seas around Antarctica.
The couple met Sir David on board the ship and waved to the local benefactors from the deck
The couple overlooked the Mersey River as they talked to Sir David about the new ship and plans
The ship's crew and the engineers who helped with the design and construction are ready to inform the royal couple about the functions
The royal couple hear from the ship's captains and crew about the ice-breaking capabilities and navigation systems before attending the official ceremony.
William and Sir David are expected to make a few comments before Kate, as a sponsor, formally appoints the ship when a bottle of champagne is smashed into the hull.
The ship, owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and operated by the BAS, will make it possible to conduct world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic in the next 25 to 30 years.
More than 124,000 people voted to call it Boaty McBoatface in a public survey, but that name was vetoed and was named after the broadcaster instead.
But Boaty lives on in the form of a miniature, unmanned, yellow submarine that will be aboard the boat.
The hull of the ship was launched by Sir David last summer, before being brought to the wet basin of Cammell Laird, where shipbuilders completed the ship.
Sir David Attenborough said earlier that it is a great honor to name the £ 200 million ship after him
Kate wore a cornflower blue utility jacket from Alexander McQueen, which she wore three times before
Local officials were happy to welcome the Duchess to Birkenhead, on the banks of the River Mersey, and she seemed happy to be there
Kate saw her husband grin while they talked to legendary BBC broadcaster Sir David on the deck of the boat
The duke and duchess left their children at home while traveling to Merseyside and taking a tour of the new ship
The famous trio waved to crowds gathered in the harbor to see what the now-known boat is officially called
Sir David looked comfortable in the company of the couple when they stood on the deck of the RSS David Attenborough
The royal couple visited the ice-studying ship on the same day as William & # 39; s brother, Prince Harry, made a passionate speech that supported teenage activist Greta Thunberg and stated that the world was in a & # 39; state of emergency & # 39; wrong and the fight against the climate & # 39; lost & # 39; change.
The Duke of Sussex spoke 5000 kilometers away in Botswana while participating in a tree planting project.
Harry spoke passionately about the fight against climate change and said: “The past week, under the leadership of Greta, the children of the world are striking.
& # 39; There is an emergency … it is a race against time and one that we are losing.
& # 39; Everyone knows it. There is no excuse for not knowing that and the most disturbing part of it is that I do not believe that there is anyone in the world who can deny science – undeniable science and facts – science and facts that have been around for 30 years, maybe 40 years and it only gets stronger and stronger.
& # 39; I don't understand how anyone in this world, whoever we are, you, we, children, leaders, whoever it is, nobody can deny science, otherwise we will live in a very, very disturbing world. & # 39;
The royal couple will officially name the new ship, which was voted on publicly
The couple will meet scientists who will demonstrate the state-of-the-art equipment used to conduct research
Preparations are being made for the naming ceremony of the polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough this morning
What is the new research vessel and what will it do?
Work on the £ 200 million antarctic research vessel started the keel in October 2016 three years ago.
It is funded by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), which in turn is funded by the non-departmental government agency, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The hope is that the ship will enable new research into climate change, pollution and other environmental problems by studying the ocean, the seabed and the atmosphere.
The ship has a range of 19,000 nm, enough for a return trip from England to the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, or to sail twice around the entire Antarctic continent.
It requires 30 crew members, but much of the work is done by robots, which developers say is more efficient and reduces the impact on the environment.
The public voted to call the boat Boaty McBoatface, but it was destroyed and named after the broadcaster
The BAS website contains: & # 39; Maritime robotics and remote-controlled vehicles will record data from the deep ocean and previously inaccessible locations under the ice. The famous Boaty McBoatface will be deployed during scientific missions in the polar regions.
& # 39; The polar research vessel with a moon bath – a vertical axis of 4 m that runs through the ship and is open to both the air (at deck level) and the sea (at the hull). With the help of the lunar pole, scientific equipment can be deployed and reclaimed through the middle and therefore the most stable part of the hull.
& # 39; The new polar vessel for Great Britain will sail all year round. She will spend the northern summer in support of Arctic research cruises and the Australian summer in Antarctica, where they conduct research programs and transport people and supplies to BAS research stations.
& # 39; With its ability to spend up to 60 days at sea without support, and an ice-reinforced hull designed to break ice up to 1 m thick, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will undertake extensive journeys. & # 39;
The naming ceremony of the polar research vessel takes place at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside
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