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January 28, 2020

Prince William & Kate Middleton Join Holocaust Survivors for Commemorative Ceremony in London

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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.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to Coventry Cathedral during their visit to the city in Coventry, England | Photo: Getty Images

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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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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.

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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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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.

 

For the reception, Kate stunned in an Aurora sequined midi red dress by Needle & Thread, which she paired with matching red heels.

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