Duchess of Cambridge visits Clapham Common to pay tribute to Sarah Everard

Anya Meyerowitz
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Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein

The story of Sarah Everard has sent ripples of upset and outrage through the UK this week, a strength of feeling demonstrated by the hundreds of people who visited Clapham Common to pay tribute to the 33-year-old last night (13th March) and the hundreds more who lit a candle in their homes to mark their respect.

And Kate Middleton was amongst those who attended the London gathering on Saturday, with onlookers reporting that the duchess paused beside the bandstand to take in the flowers and notes that people had left as a memorial to Sarah.

Sharing footage of Kate, Sky News's Thomas Newton wrote, 'The Duchess of Cambridge has paid her respects to Sarah Everard at Clapham Common bandstand.'

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Kensington Palace said Kate wanted to join the hundreds of people gathered at the common’s bandstand so she could 'pay her respects to the family and to Sarah'.

'She remembers what is was like to walk around London at night before she was married,' a palace representative explained.

Vigils had also been planned in cities including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast, and Cardiff. As reported by The Telegraph, 'At 9:30pm on Saturday night, a 'doorstep vigil' will be held across the country, with participants standing on their doorsteps and shining a light (e.g. candle, torch, phone). They said the act will help "remember Sarah Everard and all women affected by and lost to violence."'

Reclaim These Streets added, 'We aren’t just lighting a candle for the women we’ve lost: we have been inspired by the women who have reached out and hope this is just the start of a movement that will light a fire for change. We want to remember that at the heart of this story is a young woman who isn’t going home tonight, and a family who have lost a daughter and sister.'

Our thoughts are with Sarah's family at this difficult time.

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