The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Holocaust survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in London. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson also attended a solemn ceremony at Westminster Central Hall on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day.
Prince William read an excerpt from a letter written by a friend of his great grandmother Princess Alice, who helped to shelter persecuted Jews in wartime Athens, at the service. Earlier in the day, portraits of Holocaust survivors captured by keen photographer Kate were revealed to the public to mark the anniversary. Kate, who is a patron of the Royal Photographic Society, shot Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein in an intimate setting surrounded by loved ones. The photos – which will be showcased as part of a new exhibition opening later this year – will be displayed alongside 75 other portraits of survivors and their families.
Kate turned to one of her favourite designers – and a style she first wore for a public appearance in March of 2019 – for the occasion. The Duchess chose a grey coat dress with an A-line skirt, a black collar and a waist-cinching belt by Catherine Walker for the service, worn with low-denier tights and the shoes that have replaced her once signature nude patent courts as her new favourites: Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps.
Previously worn by the Duchess with black millinery for a rare joint engagement with the Queen, this time she went hat-free – although Prince William did dutifully protect his wife from the January drizzle with an umbrella at one point – and styled her hair in a teased, half-up and half-down style that showed off another favourite: a pair of Cassandra Goad earrings, first worn by the Duchess to Prince Louis’s christening in June 2018.