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HRH The Princess Royal was approached by the SGHT because of her interest in, and commitment to, the Antarctic region. The Princess is already the Patron of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and recently visited the South Atlantic region on a Royal tour that included the Falkland Islands and the BAS station Rothera on the Antarctic Peninsula.
HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Tim Laurence visited South Georgia in March 2009 with the South Georgia Heritage Trust, where among other duties Her Royal Highness opened the new Carr Maritime Gallery addition to South Georgia Museum.
Honorary President: Baroness Young of Old Scone
Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone accepted an invitation to become an Honorary President of SGHT in May 2010. Baroness Young sits in the House of Lords.
As former Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and of the RSPB, and as Chair of English Nature, Baroness Young is particularly interested in and supportive of SGHT's groundbreaking to save the native habitat for South Georgia's birds and vastly increase their numbers by eradicating rodents from the entire island.
Honorary President: Alastair Fothergill
Alastair Fothergill became an Honorary President of SGHT in 2006. Despite his many time and travel commitments, Alastair could not turn down the chance to support South Georgia and agreed to be SGHT's first President.
Alastair Fothergill is the series producer of Planet Earth and the director of Earth, the associated feature film. He studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Alastair joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed Head of the Unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer andThe Blue Planet. He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss, and is the author of three books. Alastair Fothergill recently received an honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Durham.