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Sir David Attenborough receives unique honour

Sir David Attenborough receives unique honour

Sir David Attenborough now has not one, but two knighthoods, after receiving the honour in recognition of his conservation and television broadcasting work. 

The iconic naturalist was awarded the prestigious Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George - an honour usually reserved for diplomats -  by the Prince of Wales, a fellow passionate campaigner for environmental issues.

Sir David was first knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1985, and collected his newest medal at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, June 8.

The 96-year-old is also the first recipient of the award without a diplomatic background.

"At Windsor Castle, Sir David Attenborough is invested by the Prince of Wales as a Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George," the royal family's official Twitter account read.

"Congratulations Sir David!"

Clarence House, the social media account for Prince Charles and Camilla, also shared the news, along with one photo from the investiture and another of Sir David with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne meeting a cockatoo.

The nature presenter has had a close relationship with the royals for a number of years, particularly with the Queen, her late husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Prince William.

In 2019, he established the Earthshot Prize with Prince William to inspire innovative solutions to current global environmental challenges.

As part of the recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Sir David delivered a message about climate change and the planet that was projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace.

His speech was followed by one from Prince William, who praised Sir David and the Queen for their commitment to the environment

"Today, in 2022, as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent," Prince William told the audience.

"But like her, I am an optimist.

"It's my firm hope that my grandmother's words are as true in 70 years time as they are tonight. That as nations we come together in common cause because then there is always room for hope."

Image: Getty Images

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