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Prince William & Kate Middleton Show Their Support for Britain's Caribbean Community in Honor of Windrush Day

Prince William & Kate Middleton Show Their Support for Britain's Caribbean Community in Honor of Windrush Day

Prince William and Kate Middleton are showing their support for the Caribbean community in the U.K.

The pair visited the ELEVATE initiative at Brixton House on Wednesday (June 22) in London, England.

During his address, the Duke of Cambridge, 40, said that he and Kate, also 40, have been interrogating the way the “past weighs heavily on the present” following their recent trip to the Caribbean.

Click inside to find out what he said in his speech…

“My family have been proud to celebrate this for decades — whether that be through support from my father on Windrush Day, or more recently during my grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee, as people from all communities and backgrounds came together to acknowledge all that has changed over the past seventy years and look to the future,” William said, per People.

Windrush Day was named for the Empire Windrush, a ship that transported hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to the U.K. in 1948 after World War II created a labor shortage. Dubbed the Windrush generation, thousands of men, women and children built their lives in the U.K. as a result. Windrush Day was recognized by the government in 2018.

“Only a matter of years ago, tens of thousands of that generation were profoundly wronged by the Windrush Scandal. That rightly reverberates throughout the Caribbean community here in the U.K. as well as many in the Caribbean nations,” William adding in his speech, referencing a scandal in which hundreds of Caribbean immigrants found themselves wrongly targeted by immigration enforcement.

He went on to acknowledge that “so important to our country” and lauded Caribbean workers who had “made our culture richer, our services stronger and our fellow countrymen safer.”

“When the Windrush Generation sailed from the Caribbean to rebuild war torn Britain, they did so as British citizens, answering a plea to help our country thrive again,” William said, adding: “When the Windrush Generation sailed from the Caribbean to rebuild war torn Britain, they did so as British citizens, answering a plea to help our country thrive again.”

He joined Kate in meeting with participants of ELEVATE, which strives to dynamic and diverse cultural environment for younger generations in the community, before attending the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station.

Their visit comes after their controversial Caribbean tour back in March, where the royals were forced to cancel one of their visits amid protests about colonialism.

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