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Sir David Attenborough awarded in London

Press AssociationPress Association 13/11/2016 By Georgina Stubbs

Sir David Attenborough, known for his "memorable romps with gorillas", has been presented with an award by the Duke of Cambridge for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

Prince William gave the veteran presenter the royal seal of approval as he handed him the London Evening Standard Beyond Theatre Award, which recognises excellence away from the traditional platform of live performance.

The Duke took to the stage at the Old Vic Theatre in London and told the room packed full of famous faces: "The recipient of this award is a man who has shaped the culture of this country and the way we look at the world.

"Back in the 1950s he revolutionised the making of natural history programmes for television, beginning a long and happy association with the BBC's natural history unit."

He added: "But he is best known as a presenter of nature documentaries and as a conservationist, whose memorable romps with gorillas go hand in hand with a deep concern for the natural world."

Following a short film featuring clips of his many achievements over a lengthy career, as Sir David left his table to walk over to the stage he received a standing ovation and cheers from the throngs of A-listers and theatre greats.

"In recent years it has become the fashion to do the last minutes of a wildlife show by showing how the programmes are made - and not before time," Sir David said in his acceptance speech.

"Because at last you can see the credit for those kind of programmes, among not the people who put their faces in front of the camera, or indeed behind it, but the people who actually wield the cameras."

Sir David finished his speech by dedicating his award to those professionals and colleagues.

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