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In pictures: Duchess of Cambridge unveils 'Hope' the whale at Natural History Museum

Dippy has been replaced with Hope the whale to remind visitors that species on the edge of extinction can be saved. (PA)

In pictures: Duchess of Cambridge unveils 'Hope' the whale at Natural History Museum

Nick Reilly

The Natural History Museum has unveiled their new centrepiece – the skeleton of a blue whale that will greet visitors as they enter for the first time following a major revamp.

The huge mammal, known as ‘Hope’, replaces ‘Dippy’, the replica skeleton of a Diplodocus that stood in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall for over 35 years.

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The 126-year-old mammal is over 25m long and weighs more than three tonnes – while also boasting an incredible back story about how she first came to be displayed in the Natural History Museum.
Here’s everything we know ahead of her public debut tomorrow.

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