Camerawoman Kate! Duchess of Cambridge recycles white £1,370 Alexander McQueen blazer she wore in Jamaica as she visits a youth group with Prince William to mark Windrush Day

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are unveiling  statue at Waterloo Station to mark Windrush Day
  • First stop of the day was at ELEVATE, a youth organisation in Brixton, to celebrate British-Caribbean creatives 
  • Scultpure of a family standing on suitcases was designed by the Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson 
  • Couple joined by members of the Windrush generation for the unveiling of £1 million project 

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Kate Middleton looked elegant this morning as she donned a crisp white trouser suit for a series of engagements to mark Windrush Day. 

The couple arrived this morning at ELEVATE to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community at the youth programme nurturing the next generation of British creative talent. 

ELEVATE works with a network of schools and colleges, training organisations and employers to help young people build skills and access opportunities to help them build successful careers within the creative industries. 

Kate, who is a keen photographer, was eager to get behind the camera and was given a video tutorial by a member of the group, and was heard asking questions about how to zoom. 

The couple then moved on to Waterloo to attend the unveiling of a national monument in one of London's biggest train stations to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation.

For the outing, Kate recycled the £1,370 Alexander McQueen blazer she wore in Jamaica on the couple's recent tour of the Caribbean, teaming it with £590 crepe slim-leg pants and Mulberry's small Amberley crossbody bag in white. She teamed the look with a new pair of £70 earrings from archietcture inspired-brand, Chalk. 

In a speech at the statue unveiling, Prince William acknowledged that the future the Windrush generation sought and 'deserved' has not yet come to pass, saying: 'Discrimination remains an all too familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022.'  

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Kate Middleton looked elegant this morning as she donned a crisp white trouser suit for a series of engagements to mark Windrush Day, incuding a visit to youth group ELEVATE in Brixton where she got to grips with a camera to practise filming

Kate Middleton looked elegant this morning as she donned a crisp white trouser suit for a series of engagements to mark Windrush Day, incuding a visit to youth group ELEVATE in Brixton where she got to grips with a camera to practise filming 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Baroness Floella Benjamin (left) attending the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Baroness Floella Benjamin (left) attending the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station

The Duchess looked delighted as she was introduced to young people ahead of the unveiling of the Windrush statue at Waterloo station

The Duchess looked delighted as she was introduced to young people ahead of the unveiling of the Windrush statue at Waterloo station 

The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit with the Duke of Cambridge to ELEVATE at Brixton House in London to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community

The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit with the Duke of Cambridge to ELEVATE at Brixton House in London to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community

'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 UK as well as many in the Caribbean nations.

'Therefore, alongside 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 acknowledge the ways in which the future they sought and deserved has yet to come to pass.'

The statue - of a man, woman and child in their Sunday best standing on top of suitcases - will be revealed at Waterloo Station on Wednesday to mark Windrush Day. It was designed by the Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson, who said it had been an honour to create the monument.

William and Kate will gather alongside members of the Windrush generation for the unveiling.

Today's engagements are designed to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation.
Kate wore a blazer by Alexander McQueen which she first sported on ther royal tour of Jamaica in March this year

Today's engagements are designed to celebrate the dreams and courage of the Windrush generation. Kate wore a blazer by Alexander McQueen which she first sported on ther royal tour of Jamaica in March this year (right)

Work a white trouser suit like Kate in Alexander McQueen

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly have a busy calendar this year! And this week, there was no time for slowing down - even if the Duke just celebrated his 40th birthday!

Thankfully, Kate already has a plethora of ready-to-wear looks she can quickly pick from. For today's occasion she re-wore the same Alexander McQueen she last showcased in Jamaica earlier this year.

She's also wearing earrings by Chalk Jewelry and carrying the 'Amberley' bag by Mulberry.

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The Duchess, who is a keen photographer, no doubt enjoyed the opportunity to get behind the lens and was heard asking questions about zooming

The Duchess, who is a keen photographer, no doubt enjoyed the opportunity to get behind the lens and was heard asking questions about zooming 

Dazzling duchess! Kate donned a dramatic pair of drop earrings as she visited ELEVATE alongside Prince William

Dazzling duchess! Kate donned a dramatic pair of drop earrings as she visited ELEVATE alongside Prince William

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to ELEVATE at Brixton House in London to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to ELEVATE at Brixton House in London to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community

The Duchess speaks to guests as she attends the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station in London

The Duchess speaks to guests as she attends the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station in London

Saying hello! The Duchess is all smiles as she speaks to a little girl during the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument

Saying hello! The Duchess is all smiles as she speaks to a little girl during the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument

 The Government, which has provided £1 million in funding for the project, said it 'symbolises the courage, commitment and resilience of the thousands of men, women and children who travelled to the UK to start new lives from 1948 to 1971'.

It also acknowledges the Windrush generation's 'outstanding contribution' to British society and is intended to be 'a permanent place of reflection', it added.

Waterloo station was chosen because thousands of people who arrived from the Caribbean passed through the station on their way to start their new lives across the country, the Government said.

The unveiling is one of dozens of events and activities across England to celebrate Windrush Day 2022.

Mr Watson said his monument pays tribute to the 'dreams and aspirations, courage and dignity, skills and talents' of the Windrush generation who arrived with 'a hope of contributing to a society that they expected would welcome them in return'.

He said: 'My parents, along with a great many others, took the long arduous voyage from the Caribbean with very little or nothing other than their aspirations, their courage and a promise of opportunity for advancement.

'This monument tells that story of hope, determination, a strong belief in selves and a vison for the future.'

The couples were all smiles as they were joined by Baroness Floella Benjamin, the former Blue Peter presenter

The couples were all smiles as they were joined by Baroness Floella Benjamin, the former Blue Peter presenter 

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, Windrush passenger Alford Gardner, The Duke of Cambridge and Baroness Floella Benjamin at the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, Windrush passenger Alford Gardner, The Duke of Cambridge and Baroness Floella Benjamin at the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station

Communities Secretary Michael Gove said: 'Seeing Basil Watson's magnificent monument, it's easy to imagine the excitement, hope and apprehension that the Windrush pioneers must have felt as they arrived in the UK.

'Overcoming great sacrifice and hardship, the Windrush Generation and their descendants have gone on to make an immense contribution to public life. Britain would be much diminished without them.'

Communities minister Kemi Badenoch added: 'Basil Watson's sculpture perfectly captures the spirit of Windrush.

'In it we see the strength, hope and expectation of those who arrived with little and yet gave so much.

'As a first-generation immigrant myself, the Windrush story resonates with me and it is important we recognise the contribution of those who have so enriched our country.'

The Queen today sent her best wishes to mark the unveiling of the monument, saying: 'It gives me pleasure to extend my congratulations on the creation of the National Windrush Monument.

'The unveiling at Waterloo Station on Windrush Day serves as a fitting thank you to the Windrush pioneers and their descendants, in recognition of the profound contribution they have made to the United Kingdom over the decades.

'It is my hope that the memorial will serve to inspire present and future generations, and I send you my warmest good wishes on this historic occasion.' 

In a speech at the statue unveiling, Prince William (pictured) acknowledged that the future the Windrush generation sought and 'deserved' has not yet come to pass, saying: 'Discrimination remains an all too familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022.'

In a speech at the statue unveiling, Prince William (pictured) acknowledged that the future the Windrush generation sought and 'deserved' has not yet come to pass, saying: 'Discrimination remains an all too familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022.'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to ELEVATE at Brixton House in London to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to ELEVATE at Brixton House in London to meet with younger generations of the British-Caribbean community

It comes as famous faces including actor Sir Lenny Henry, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, broadcaster Sir Trevor Phillips, historian David Olusoga and cross-party politicians called for Windrush Day 2023 to be a 'major national moment'.

Next year marks 75 years since the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks in 1948, bringing 500 passengers from the Caribbean.

More than 100 leaders from politics, faith and civil society, sport, culture and business have signed a joint letter, published in The Times newspaper, starting the one-year countdown to the milestone.

They write: 'This is not only black History - it is British history. It should be something we all know and commemorate.

'We call on the Government and all UK institutions, from politics to civil society, faith, culture, business and sport, to step up and fully play their part next year.'

Polling commissioned to mark Windrush Day suggests that 64% of the public thinks children should be taught about Windrush to help understand Britain's history of empire and its diverse society.

Just 9% of people disagreed, according to the survey of 2,006 British adults by Focaldata between February 28 and March 7.

Almost half (49%) of those surveyed said they are familiar with the story of the Windrush, while 46% said they would like to know more about it.

The polling was carried out for the Windrush 75 network, set up to co-ordinate efforts for the 75th anniversary over the next 12 months, and the think tank British Future.

What is the Windrush scandal?

Between 1948 to 1970, nearly half a million people moved from the Caribbean to Britain, which in 1948 faced severe labour shortages in the wake of the Second World War. 

The immigrants were later referred to as 'the Windrush generation'. It refers to the ship MV Empire Windrush, which docked in Tilbury on 22 June 1948, bringing workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands.

The 492 passengers were temporarily housed near Brixton in London. Over the following decades some 500,000 came to the UK. 

Working age adults and many children travelled from the Caribbean to join parents or grandparents in the UK or travelled with their parents without their own passports. 

Since these people had a legal right to come to the UK, they neither needed nor were given any documents upon entry to the UK, nor following changes in immigration laws in the early 1970s. 

Many worked or attended schools in the UK without any official record of their having done so, other than the same records as any UK-born citizen.

In 1973, a new immigration act came into force putting the onus on individuals to prove they have previously been a resident in the UK. 

In 2010, the Home Office destroyed thousands of landing card slips recording Windrush immigrants’ arrival dates in the UK. It came despite staff warnings that the move would make it harder to check the records of older Caribbean-born residents experiencing residency difficulties, it was claimed  

Then in 2014, a protection that exempted Commonwealth residents from enforced removal was removed under a new law. Theresa May was Home Secretary at the time.

Under a crackdown on illegals, Windrush immigrants were obliged to provide proof they were resident in the UK before 1973.

In 2018, questions were raised in Parliament about individual cases that had been highlighted in the press. 

On March 14, when Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn asked May about an individual who had been refused medical treatment under the NHS during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, Theresa May initially said she was 'unaware of the case', but later agreed to 'look into it'. 

Parliament thereafter continued to be involved in what was increasingly being referred to as 'the Windrush scandal'.

On April 16, David Lammy MP challenged then Home Secretary Amber Rudd in the House of Commons to give numbers as to how many had lost their jobs or homes, been denied medical care, or been detained or deported wrongly. 

Lammy called on Rudd to apologise for the threats of deportation and called it a 'day of national shame', blaming the problems on the government's 'hostile environment policy'.

Rudd replied that she did not know of any, but would attempt to verify that. In late April, Rudd faced increasing calls for her to resign and for the Government to abandon the 'hostile environment policy'. There were also calls for the Home Office to reduce fees for immigration services.

On May 2, Labour introduced a motion in the House of Commons seeking to force the government to release documents to the Home Affairs Select Committee concerning its handling of cases involving people who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries between 1948 and the 1970s. The motion was defeated by 316 votes to 221.

On April 25, in answer to a question put to her by the Home Affairs Select Committee about deportation targets, Rudd said she was unaware of such targets, saying 'that's not how we operate'.

The following day, Rudd admitted in Parliament that targets had existed, but characterised them as 'local targets for internal performance management' only, not 'specific removal targets'. She also claimed that she had been unaware of them and promised that they would be scrapped.

Two days later, The Guardian published a leaked memo that had been copied to Rudd's office. The memo said that the department had set 'a target of achieving 12,800 enforced returns in 2017-18' and 'we have exceeded our target of assisted returns'. The memo added that progress had been made towards 'the 10% increased performance on enforced returns, which we promised the Home Secretary earlier this year'.

Rudd responded by saying she had never seen the leaked memo, 'although it was copied to my office, as many documents are'.

The New Statesman said that the leaked memo gave, 'in specific detail the targets set by the Home Office for the number of people to be removed from the United Kingdom. It suggests that Rudd misled MPs on at least one occasion'. 

On April 23, Rudd announced that compensation would be given to those affected and, in future, fees and language tests for citizenship applicants would be waived for this group.

On April 29, The Guardian published a private letter from Rudd to Theresa May dated January 2017 in which Rudd wrote of an 'ambitious but deliverable' target for an increase in the enforced deportation of immigrants. Later that day, Rudd resigned as Home Secretary.

On June 29, the parliamentary Human Rights Select committee published a 'damning' report on the exercise of powers by immigration officials. MPs and peers concluded in the report that there had been 'systemic failures' and rejected the Home Office description of 'a series of mistakes' as not 'credible or sufficient'. The report concluded that the Home Office demonstrated a 'wholly incorrect approach to case-handling and to depriving people of their liberty', and urged the Home Secretary to take action against the 'human rights violations' occurring in his department.

On July 3, the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) published a critical report which said that unless the Home Office was overhauled the scandal would 'happen again, for another group of people'.

The report found that 'a change in culture in the Home Office over recent years' had led to an environment in which applicants had been 'forced to follow processes that appear designed to set them up to fail'. The report questioned whether the hostile environment should continue in its current form, commenting that 'rebranding it as the 'compliant' environment is a meaningless response to genuine concerns'.

Home Office replies - On June 28, a letter to the HASC from the Home Office reported that it had 'mistakenly detained' 850 people in the five years between 2012 and 2017. In the same five-year period, the Home Office had paid compensation of over £21million for wrongful detention.

Compensation payments varied between £1 and £120,000; an unknown number of these detentions were Windrush cases. The letter also acknowledged that 23 per cent of staff working within immigration enforcement had received performance bonuses, and that some staff had been set 'personal objectives' 'linked to targets to achieve enforced removals' on which bonus payments were made. 

In a report published in December 2018, the UK's National Audit Office found that the Home Office 'failed to protect [the] rights to live, work and access services' of the Windrush scandal victims, had ignored warnings of the impending scandal, which had been raised up to four years earlier, and had still not adequately addressed the scandal.

On March 19, 2020, the Home Office released the Windrush Lessons Learned Review. This study, described by the Home Secretary as 'long-awaited', was an independent inquiry managed and conducted by Wendy Williams, an inspector of constabulary.

The report was a scathing indictment of the Home Office's handling of Windrush individuals, and concluded that the Home Office showed an inexcusable 'ignorance and thoughtlessness', and that what had happened had been 'foreseeable and avoidable'. It further found that immigration regulations were tightened 'with complete disregard for the Windrush generation', and that officials had made irrational demands for multiple documents to establish residency rights. The study recommended a full review of the 'hostile environment' immigration policy.

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Prince William says Windrush generation did not get the future they 'deserve'

Thank you for inviting Catherine and me. It is a privilege to be here with you all.

Today is a day we celebrate and honour the Windrush Generation and the enormous contribution each and every one of them has made, and continue to make, to our society.

I am delighted that so many of that generation and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are here today.

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.

Many of them were not strangers to these shores. In the decade before 1948, thousands served in the RAF, either flying, navigating or as ground crew keeping our squadrons airborne – including Allan Wilmot, the eldest Windrush pioneer whose family are with us today.

These people didn’t have to come. They volunteered to fight for King and country – in the full knowledge that many would never make it home again.

As one of the inheritors of that great military tradition I understand how much we owe to these men and women. Today’s ceremony would not be complete without remembering their sacrifice.

Over the past seven decades, the Windrush Generation’s role in the fabric of our national life has been immense.

Today, as we look around us, we can see just how many of the institutions in our country are built by that generation: commerce and manufacturing, sports and science, engineering and fashion.

Here in Waterloo Station, we are reminded of the role played by thousands of people from the Windrush Generation in our essential public transport system – from train drivers to conductors and technical staff.

Although it is not where the passengers of the Empire Windrush first arrived, subsequently many thousands of Caribbean people did pass through Waterloo and dispersed to cities across the UK. So the placement of the monument here is an acknowledgement of the contribution of those people to one of the most important elements of our national infrastructure.

Just down the road, in St Thomas’s Hospital, we can reflect on the Windrush Generation’s huge contribution to the NHS, a service founded only two weeks after the Empire Windrush docked in 1948. Since then, over 40,000 Windrush and Commonwealth nurses and midwives have cared for those in need.

Indeed, every part of British life is better for the half a million men and women of the Windrush Generation.

Be it public life – and we are a stone’s throw from the Borough of Southwark, home to Sam King MBE, Windrush passenger, postman, founder of the West Indian Gazette, the first black mayor in London, campaigner and the co-founder of the Windrush Foundation.

Be it arts and culture – and we need look no further than Floella, the face of children’s television to millions of young people for more than a decade.

There are simply too many people to list. And we know without question, that the Windrush Generation have made our culture richer, our services stronger, and our fellow countrymen safer.

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.

This is something that resonated with Catherine and me after our visit to the Caribbean earlier this year. Our trip was an opportunity to reflect, and we learnt so much. Not just about the different issues that matter most to the people of the region, but also how the past weighs heavily on the present.

Sadly, that is also the case for members of the Windrush Generation who were victims of racism when they arrived here, and discrimination remains an all too familiar experience for black men and women in Britain in 2022.

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 UK as well as many in the Caribbean nations.

Therefore, alongside 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 acknowledge the ways in which the future they sought and deserved has yet to come to pass.

Diversity is what makes us strong, and it is what reflects the modern, outward-looking values that are so important to our country.

Today, as we stand together to witness Windrush Pioneers, Alford and John unveil Basil’s landmark monument, we are reminded of our shared history and the enormous contribution of the Windrush Generation.

Without you all, Britain would simply not be what it is today.

I want to say a profound thank you to every member of that generation, and the generations that have followed. And I want you to know that you can count on mine and Catherine’s continued support in helping us achieve a future they would be proud of.

Thank you again for inviting us to join you on this important day.

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