David Attenborough has been knighted for his contributions to television broadcasting and conservation.
The Prince of Wales, himself an environmental activist, bestowed the prestigious Knight Grand Cross on the 96-year-old naturalist.
Attenborough, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1985, received his medal on Wednesday during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family’s official Twitter account stated: “Sir David Attenborough is invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and George by The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle. Sir David, congratulations!”
Attenborough is regarded as a national treasure in the United Kingdom for his work on nature documentaries such as “The Blue Planet.” In 2019, he co-founded the Earthshot Prize with Prince William, which aims to inspire innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Attenborough delivered a message about climate change and the environment as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which was projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace.
According to Guinness World Records, he not only has the longest career as a TV naturalist, but also as a presenter in general. According to the website, he is also the only person to have won BAFTA awards for series in black and white, color, HD, and 3D formats.
In 2020, he set the record for gaining 1 million Instagram followers in the shortest amount of time – though he has since been surpassed by “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint – racking up the numbers just hours after joining the social media platform.
In just 4 hours and 44 minutes, his first post — a video warning about climate change — gained 1 million followers. Within six weeks, the account was closed, with the warning that “what happens next is up to us.”