The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked Wind Day on Wednesday, June 22 with a series of touching engagements – see the best photos
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked Wind Day on Wednesday by performing two shocking engagements in central London.
William and Kate began their morning at Brixton House where they visited ELEVATE, a youth program that aims to help under-30s develop skills to break into the creative industries.
WATCH: Prince William and Kate mark Windrush Day
Members of the royal family received a warm welcome and were introduced to the younger generations of the British Caribbean community and other diasporas, who represent the next generation of British creative talent.
Their first engagement took them to ELEVATE in Brixton
They spoke to a group of young people who participated in a filming and photography workshop, before sitting down to discuss their career aspirations and hopes for the future.
Davinia Clarke, 22, an illustrator and visual artist who learned how to use the camera during the course, said of Kate: “She wanted to figure out how to put it on and move it.
Members of the royal family met young people who participated in a filming and photography workshop
I thought, ‘Let’s try to put it on her.’ She was ready for it! She did better than me. At one point it literally just fell out of my hand. I was like, ‘Oh God.’ She said it was really hard and you needed a lot of strength for your upper body. “
As William listened to the budding songwriter, Kate experimented with a video camera mounted on her shoulder.
Led by Lambeth, London, ELEVATE works with schools and colleges, training organizations and employers to ensure that young people can build skills, access opportunities and pursue successful careers in the creative industries.
Members of the royal family then attended the unveiling of the Windrush monument at Waterloo Station
Their second engagement that day took William and Kate to Waterloo Station where they attended the unveiling of the National Wind Monument.
The monument symbolizes the courage, dedication and resilience of thousands of men, women and children who traveled to the UK from 1948 to 1971 to help rebuild post-war Britain, and recognizes and celebrates the Windrush generation’s extraordinary contribution and commitment to British history.
They greeted local schoolchildren during the faith
It depicts a man, woman and child in their best Sunday position standing on suitcases, and was designed by Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson, who said he was honored to create the monument.
The Waterloo station was chosen because thousands of people who arrived from the Caribbean passed through the station to start their new life in the UK, said the government, which provided one million pounds for the project.
William waved as he attended the unveiling of the monument
The service included a musical performance of Nadine Benjamin OBE’s Windrush anthem, poetry readings, and the blessing of Bishop Dover Rose Hudson-Wilkin.
William also gave a speech, as did Baroness Benjamin and MP Michael Gove. At the end of the service, members of the Windrush community, which spans generations, unveiled the monument.
A wonderful moment between Kate and a little girl
Opening the speech, the Duke said: “Thank you for inviting Catherine and me. It is my privilege to be here with all of you.
“Today is a day to celebrate and honor the Windrush generation and the tremendous contribution each of them has made, and continues to make, to our society. I am thrilled that so many of that generation and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are here today. “
Members of the royal family posed next to the National Monument to the Wind
He continued: “When the Windrush generation sailed from the Caribbean to rebuild war-torn Britain, they did so as British citizens, responding to a plea to help our country prosper again. Many of them were not foreigners on these shores … These people are not had to come.
The service was held at Waterloo Station
“They volunteered to fight for the king and the state – with the full knowledge that many will never return home. As one of the heirs of this great military tradition, I understand how much we owe to these men and women. Today’s ceremony would not be completely without memory to their sacrifice. “
In his speech, William thanked the Windrush generation for their contribution
William thanked the Windrush generation and the generations that followed for their contributions, concluding, “Without all of you, Britain simply wouldn’t be what it is today.”
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