The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Black Cultural Archives today (16 February) where they were welcomed by an army cadet guard of honour. The royals were shown a selection from the archives focusing on the African and Caribbean contribution to World War I and World War II.
During the visit they met veterans from the West Indian Association of Service Personnel, staff, volunteers, students and community groups.
The Prince and Duchess were shown extracts from the BCA‘s recent and upcoming exhibitions including Pilots of the Caribbean which tells the story of the African-Caribbean personnel, commemorating and celebrating their contribution to the defence of Britain. The exhibition highlights the RAF’s success in embracing integration and how the diverse nature of modern Britain owes much to those black service men and women.
Outside, young people from the Bigkid foundation presented Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with flowers.
The Bigkid Foundation works with young people in Lambeth who struggle with the pressures of gang culture and deprivation.
The visit follows the announcement of a memorial to Black Commonwealth servicemen and women which will be unveiled in a high-profile ceremony in Brixton on Windrush Day 22 June 2017. More here.
Later the Duchess, President of Ebony Horse Club, made an official visit to the community riding centre in Brixton, to meet the young urban riders, families and supporters marking the 21st anniversary since the charity began.