In pictures: William joins the Windrush generation to celebrate the unveiling of the monument
Will and Kate attended the unveiling of a monument to the Windrush generation at Waterloo Station this week, as the Duke condemned the racist abuse many black Britons still face.
The monument was created by Jamaican artist Basil Watson.
In a speech to those gathered for the unveiling, which included Windrush passengers and prominent members of the black community, William said: “We know without a doubt that the Windrush generation has made our culture richer, our services stronger and our compatriots safer.
William also spoke about the Windrush scandal which began to surface in 2017 after it emerged that hundreds of Commonwealth citizens, many of whom were of the Windrush generation, had been wrongfully detained, deported and deprived of their legal rights. .
He said: “Unfortunately, that is also the case for members of the Windrush generation who faced racism when they arrived here, and discrimination remains an all too familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022.
“Just a few years ago, tens of thousands of people of this generation were deeply hurt by the Windrush scandal. This rightly reverberates throughout the Caribbean community here in the UK as well as in many Caribbean countries.
“Therefore, in addition to celebrating the diverse fabric of our families, our communities and our society as a whole – something the Windrush generation has contributed so much to – it is also important to recognize how the future that they sought and deserved has not yet been achieved. happen.
“Diversity is what makes us strong and it’s what reflects the modern, outward-looking values that are so important to our country.”