Prince William & Kate Middleton Join Holocaust Survivors for Commemorative Ceremony in London
Prince William and Kate Middleton paid their respects to Holocaust survivors as they took part in a commemorative ceremony for the UK Holocaust Memorial Day.
Despite the tension in the royal family, Prince William and Kate are all about performing their royal duties.
Yesterday, the Cambridges attended a commemorative ceremony for Holocaust survivors at Central Hall in Westminster.
As seen in an Instagram post shared by Kensington Palace, William and Kate kept a somber look as they joined other Holocaust survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
The several photos uploaded started with a snapshot of William and Kate listening to an address followed by one of the Duke of Cambridge giving a speech.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today attended the UK #HolocaustMemorialDay Commemorative Ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honours victims and survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Throughout the Holocaust, many people risked their lives to help others. During the ceremony, The Duke read an extract from a letter written about his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, which described how she helped hide her Jewish friends, the Cohens, in her home. During the service, 75 candles of remembrance were lit to represent the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess spoke to Holocaust survivors, and survivors of genocides which have happened since.
Next was a frame of Kate lighting a candle, which was followed by a group photo of the royals with officials all holding candles. The last image showed Prince William interacting with officials at the ceremony.
As reported by Daily Mail, during the ceremony, Prince William read an extract from a letter written about his great-grandmother Princess Alice, which detailed how she saved and hid her Jewish friends in her home.
The royal couple also joined the survivors in lighting 6 of the 75 candles set to mark the anniversary.
For the ceremony, Kate looked somber and spectacular in a midi grey pleated dress, which featured a black collar and matching buttons. She paired the outfit with black stilettos and styled her golden locks to the back.
Other readings at the ceremony were from actresses Nina Wadia and Rebecca Front, after which followed a performance by The Fourth Choir, an LGBT+ Choir from London.
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At one of Bradford’s two Khidmat Centres — which help the most vulnerable members of the community from minority ethnic backgrounds — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard about the activities and workshops offered at the centre, and the organisations that they support. With 18 month old Sorayah The Duke and Duchess took part in a Little Dots workshop led by @betterstartbradford, which uses music and play to support children’s social, emotional and physical development, and support adult self esteem. At the Centre The Duke and Duchess also joined a @nearneighbours workshop, which brings together people from religiously and ethnically diverse communities across the UK to know each other better, build relationships of trust, and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community that they live in. Photos 📷 by Kensington Palace #RoyalVisitBradford #Bradford
A day before the ceremony, PEOPLE noted that Kensington Royal shared a behind-the-scenes photo of Kate’s portrait sessions with Holocaust survivors Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein as she spent time to know them.
In a statement released about the duchess’ photo session, Kate gushed about how Frank and Bernstein’s stories “will stay with me forever.”
This comes after PEOPLE reported that William and Kate hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to mark the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit, taking place in London.
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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honours survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Earlier this month, The Duchess of Cambridge met two Holocaust survivors, Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, as she took photographs for a project by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. The Duchess’s photographs will be included in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their family members, which will open later this year. “The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.” – The Duchess of Cambridge Photographs © Kensington Palace
For the reception, Kate stunned in an Aurora sequined midi red dress by Needle & Thread, which she paired with matching red heels.