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Sir David Attenborough appointed Knight of the Grand Cross

The celebrated presenter has been awarded the honour for his documentaries about the natural world and campaigning on climate change.

Sir David Attenborough poses with a medal outside of Windsor Castle.
Published: June 8, 2022 at 2:30 pm

In a ceremony at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, Sir David Attenborough received his latest accolade from the royal family, being made a Knight of the Grand Cross for his services to TV, broadcasting and conservation.


The award was given to him by the Prince of Wales, during an investiture ceremony on Wednesday 8 June.

Attenborough has received numerous awards during his career. As well as media awards, he was given a CBE in 1974, knighted by the Queen in 1985, and awarded the Order of Merit in 2005.

Earlier in 2022, he was named as Champion of the Earth by the UN’s Environment Programme for his stories about the natural world and climate change.

On receiving the Champion of the Earth award, he said, “Fifty years ago, whales were on the very edge of extinction worldwide. Then people got together and now there are more whales in the sea than any living human being has ever seen. We know what the problems are and we know how to solve them. All we lack is unified action."

A clip of Attenborough was projected onto Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee concert.

Other awards given on Wednesday at Windsor included the Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody, who was awarded an OBE for services to music and charity in Northern Ireland, and actor Toby Jones, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama.


Main image: Sir David Attenborough poses with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George following an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. © Andrew Matthews/POOL/AFP/ Getty


Megan ShersbyEditorial and digital co-ordinator at BBC Wildlife Magazine, and

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