With no red carpet, no flashing paparazzi bulbs, and no Hollywood stars buzzing across Leicester Square in glamorous, meatless dresses, it was a royal film premiere like no other.
Instead, Prince William sat on a rickety wooden chair in his garden next to a 94-year-old man who was wrapped in a tartan blanket to ward off the autumn chill.
But that man was Sir David Attenborough, who unveiled his new documentary – and received a reception worthy of Tinseltown's hottest star from three eager young fans, Princes George [seven] and Louis [two] and Princess Charlotte [five] was screening.
Sir David Attenborough received a reception worthy of Tinseltown's hottest star after showing his new documentary from three eager young fans, Princes George, seven, and Louis [two] and Princess Charlotte [five]
He presented seven-year-old George with a tooth from an extinct basking shark that lived 23 million years ago and that he found on a family vacation in Malta in the late 1960s
He presented seven-year-old George with a tooth from an extinct basking shark that lived 23 million years ago and that he found on a family vacation in Malta in the late 1960s.
The three children are all interested in dinosaurs and were intrigued by the megalodon fossil and excitedly asked Sir David a series of questions.
One palace assistant said: “The children are big fans of Sir David and this was the first time they had met him, even though they always wanted to. They were absolutely delighted and you can see how excited she was from Charlotte's reaction in the picture.
"They were fascinated by the shark's tooth and Sir David explained how he found it, how old it was and how it was kept in Malta's soft yellow limestone."
Kate, in a new £ 1,295 denim shirt dress by Gabriela Hearst and £ 475 worth of Rupert Sanderson pumps, smiled as Charlotte excitedly put her hands over her face in a £ 23 Zara floral collar dress by Peter Pan .
George treated the giant tooth in a 40-pound Trotters plaid shirt and 50-pound Start Rite school brogues with evident astonishment.
The joyful gathering in the gardens of Kensington Palace took place Thursday afternoon after 38-year-old William and veteran broadcaster David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet watched over the naturalist's 70-year career as a conservationist and the planet's environmental crisis .
Socially distant out in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors' chairs with names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other's seats. The couple then watched the 80-minute film and Sir David gave the prince a copy of the booklet.
Socially distant in the open air, the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David were offered directors' chairs with names printed on the back – but as a joke they sat in each other's seats
The palace assistant added: “The Duke thought it was Sir David's best documentary yet. It's a terrifying look at what we've done to the planet and where we are today, but it also offers hope and cause for optimism, because if we can act now and together, we can turn things around. & # 39;
The two men have been friends for some time. William interviewed Sir David last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and during the discussion the broadcaster and WWF ambassador warned that humanity must act so that it does not "destroy part of the natural world".
Last year the Duke and Duchess officially named a polar exploration ship after Sir David – despite the public vote to call it Boaty McBoatface – and at the ceremony Kate told the broadcaster that the children were "very upset" that they could not meet him .
Sir David's documentary was originally due to be released in April and premiered at the Royal Albert Hall. However, the film fell victim to the coronavirus lockdown and producers had to postpone its release until this week.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet will now only be shown in cinemas for one night tomorrow and will be available on Netflix from October 4th. The companion book – excerpts from which The Mail on Sunday was printed in the past two weeks – was out on Thursday.
The 73-year-old Duchess of Cornwall urges the nation to help the OAP break the silence of loneliness after months of lockdown – and after isolating herself 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 the Duchess of Cornwall made a personal plea of everyone to support the elderly.
In a video message, 73-year-old Camilla urges the nation to "break the silence many live in, perhaps with a phone call to a grandparent, a card with an elderly neighbor, or by hosting your own virtual event."
She spoke to a nationwide day to celebrate the elderly this coming weekend, Silver Sunday.
"It's a day when we can all focus on the contributions of older people to our communities and to our society," she said. & # 39; As a member of the Silver Sunday audience, I can honestly say it's an absolutely brilliant initiative.
The Duchess of Cornwall has made a personal request to everyone to support the elderly
& # 39; Their goal is to tackle the disease of loneliness that afflicts so many and which has unfortunately grown significantly in the last few months of lockdown.
“More than a million elderly people say they don't speak to a friend, neighbor, or family member for over a month. Silver Sunday is the perfect moment to break the silence that many live in. & # 39;
After Prince Charles, 71, was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March, Camilla had to isolate herself from her husband at her Birkhall Scottish home and missed him desperately.
She relied on the Houseparty video calling app to keep in touch with loved ones, including her children Laura Lopes and Tom Parker-Bowles, as well as grandchildren.
Talking 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 show them our appreciation and gratitude. This way, you really are making the most difference to anyone feeling lonely this fall. In the words of Silver Sunday you will "fill the day with silver linings and the promise of happy days".
A palace assistant said: “The Duchess does a lot of work in relation to the older generation. One of the biggest problems is the misery of isolation.
“She knows how hard this year has been for many elderly people in particular, as the lockdown made it so difficult to be with loved ones. She felt the sadness of being separated from her family very much herself. That's why she wanted to promote Silver Sunday to encourage people to get in touch not only with older family members, but also with friends and neighbors. & # 39;
Prince Charles warns that up to ONE MILLION young people “urgently need help” and could face “destructive hopelessness” of mass unemployment due to the coronavirus crisis
The Prince of Wales has warned that up to a million young people could be in dire need of help due to the coronavirus.
He said our youth are facing a "uniquely challenging" time amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a rare intervention, Charles said the "destructive hopelessness" of unemployment is once again facing British youth.
The Prince of Wales pictured has warned that up to a million young people could "need urgent help" due to the coronavirus
In The Sunday Telegraph, he wrote that youth in particular need action to protect them from the worst effects of the crisis and that the country must not “drown” optimism in a flood of economic predictions.
He added that while it is all too easy to assume that nothing can be done, the task at hand is undoubtedly daunting, but not insurmountable.
"There has never been a time as uniquely challenging as the present, when the pandemic has left perhaps another million young people in desperate need of help."
Thinking about how he started the Prince & # 39; s Trust charity in 1976 with the Royal Navy severance pay, Charles added, “I'm old enough to remember other times when hope was low and pessimism the only thing that was abundant.
In the mid-1970s, when I left the Royal Navy, youth unemployment was one of the most pressing problems of the time. It seemed to me that we should do something to make a difference, small as it may be. & # 39;
The Prince & # 39; s Trust has just helped its millionth young person. Research by the Trust shows that 55 percent of 16 to 25 year olds are more afraid of unemployment than a year ago.
Immediately after the pandemic, the Prince & # 39; s Trust set up the Young People Relief Fund to provide additional support to those affected by the economic consequences.