Prince William and Kate Middleton’s next royal engagement is getting people excited

Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Prince William and Kate Middleton never fail to make viral news, and whether it’s them dropping Princess Charlotte off for her first day of school, their controversial birthday greeting to Prince Harry or Prince William’s love of Killing Eve, this month has been no exception.

This week, it was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s next official appearance that got everyone talking, with the royal couple announcing that they would be doing a joint-engagement.

What is the event in question? A visit to birkenhead for the naming ceremony of the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birkenhead on Thursday 26th September to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the #RRSSirDavidAttenborough,’ read a statement on the Duke and Duchess’ Kensington Royal Twitter page.

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The royal family are known to be close to David Attenborough, with the beloved veteran broadcaster taking part in a documentary with the Queen, The Queen’s Green Planet, just last year.

Prince William has also forged a sweet friendship with Attenborough, taking to the stage at Davos to interview him earlier this year, calling him ‘the single most important impact in my conservation thinking.’

Earlier in 2016, Prince William also described David Attenborough as a ‘national treasure’, going on to explain: ’I used to love, and I still do, but when I was a young boy, used to love turning on the television and watching David's programs and really feeling like I was back out in Africa or I was learning about something magical and almost out of this planet.’

We’re sure the naming ceremony will therefore be all the more meaningful.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.