Kate Middleton and Prince William mark Windrush Day
Kate Middleton looked elegant this morning as she donned a crisp white trouser suit for a series of engagements to mark Windrush Day.
The pair arrived at ELEVATE this morning to meet the younger generations of the British Caribbean community at the youth program that nurtures the next generation of British creative talent.
ELEVATE works with a network of schools and colleges, training organizations and employers to help young people build skills and access opportunities to help them build successful careers in the creative industries.
Kate, an avid photographer, was eager to get behind the camera and got a video tutorial from a member of the group.
The pair then went to Waterloo to attend the unveiling of a national monument in one of London’s largest railway stations to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation.
Kate Middleton looked elegant this morning as she donned a crisp white trouser suit for a series of engagements to mark Windrush Day, including a visit to youth group ELEVATE in Brixton where she got the hang of a camera to practice filming
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Baroness Floella Benjamin (left) at the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station
The Duchess looked delighted as she was introduced to young people ahead of the unveiling of the Windrush statue at Waterlook station
The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit with the Duke of Cambridge to ELEVATE at London’s Brixton House to meet younger generations of the British Caribbean community
The statue – of a man, woman and child in their Sunday outfit atop suitcases – will be unveiled on Wednesday at Waterloo Station to mark Windrush Day.
It was designed by Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson, who said it had been an honor to create the monument.
William and Kate, along with members of the Windrush generation, will gather for the unveiling.
The government, which has provided £1 million in funding for the project, said it “symbolizes the courage, dedication and resilience of the thousands of men, women and children who traveled to the UK from 1948 to 1971 to start a new life.” to start’.
It also recognizes the ‘outstanding contribution’ of the Windrush generation to British society and is intended to be ‘a permanent place of reflection’, it added.
Waterloo station was chosen because thousands of people arriving from the Caribbean passed through the station on their way to start their new lives across the country, the government said.
The unveiling is one of dozens of events and activities across England to celebrate Windrush Day 2022.
Mr Watson said his monument pays tribute to the “dreams and aspirations, courage and dignity, skills and talents” of the Windrush generation who arrived with “the hope of contributing to a society they expected to give them in return.” would welcome that.”
Today’s engagements are meant to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation.
The Duchess, who is an avid photographer, no doubt enjoyed the opportunity to get behind the lens
He said: ‘My parents, along with a host of others, made the long, arduous journey from the Caribbean with very little, if anything, but their ambitions, their courage and a promise of opportunity for progress.
“This monument tells that story of hope, determination, a strong belief in selves and a vision of the future.”
Community Minister Michael Gove said: ‘When you see the beautiful monument to Basil Watson, it’s easy to imagine the excitement, hope and fear the Windrush pioneers must have felt when they arrived in the UK.
“The Windrush generation and their descendants have overcome great sacrifices and hardships and have made tremendous contributions to public life. Britain would be much less without them.’
Communities Minister Kemi Badenoch added: ‘The sculpture by Basil Watson perfectly reflects the spirit of Windrush.
In it we see the strength, hope and expectation of those who came with little and yet gave so much.
“As a first-generation immigrant, Windrush’s story resonates with me and it is important that we recognize the contribution of those who have so enriched our country.”
The Queen sent her best wishes today on the occasion of the unveiling of the monument, saying: ‘It gives me pleasure to extend my congratulations on the establishment of the National Windrush Monument.
“The unveiling at Waterlook Station on Windrush Day is a fitting tribute to the Windrush pioneers and their descendants, in recognition of the great contribution they have made to the UK over the decades.
“I hope the memorial will serve to inspire current and future generations, and I send you my warmest congratulations on this historic occasion.”
It comes as famous faces, including actor Sir Lenny Henry, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, broadcaster Sir Trevor Phillips, historian David Olusoga and cross-party politicians, declared Windrush Day 2023 a ‘great national moment’.
Next year will be 75 years since the 1948 HMT Empire Windrush arrived in Tilbury Harbor carrying 500 passengers from the Caribbean.
More than 100 leaders from politics, faith and civil society, sports, culture and business have signed a joint letter, published in The Times newspaper, beginning a year-long countdown to the milestone.
They write: ‘This isn’t just black history – it’s British history. It should be something we all know and remember.
“We call on the Government and all UK institutions, from politics to civil society, faith, culture, business and sport, to play their full part next year.”
Polls on the occasion of Windrush Day show that 64% of the public believe that children should be taught about Windrush to help understand the British history of the Empire and its diverse society.
Only 9% of people disagreed, according to the survey of 2,006 British adults by Focaldata between February 28 and March 7.
Almost half (49%) of those surveyed say they are familiar with the story of the Windrush, while 46% say they want to know more about it.
The poll was conducted for the Windrush 75 network, set up to coordinate efforts for the 75th anniversary over the next 12 months, and for the British Future think tank.