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Prince William's Moving Tribute To His Great-Grandmother At UK Service On Auschwitz Liberation Anniversary

Prince William makes moving tribute to his great-grandmother at UK Service On Auschwitz liberation anniversary
January 28, 2020 - 11:30 / Sarah Schulz

Prince William and Duchess Catherine attended the UK Holocaust Memorial Day service on Monday January 27 at Westminster's Central Hall. The Duke of Cambridge delivered a rather moving speech at the ceremony. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony on Monday January 27th, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz.

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Prince William took the stage to pay tribute to his great-grandmother Princess Alice by reading a letter written by a friend of the late Princess. Princess Alice hid the Cohen family in her Athens home after the Nazis invaded, according to Hello.

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Duchess Catherine appeared emotional in the audience as Prince William read the moving letter. "The great-granddaughter of Rachel Cohen, Evy Cohen, said this two years ago: 'My family would not exist without the courageous act of Princess Alice. Her story of incredible courage must keep being told in her memory," the Prince read. 

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"My generation, the past generation and the future generation are, and will eternally be, grateful to his great-grandmother Princess Alice for the great act of bravery, risking her own life to take in a family in need,'" the letter continued.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today attended the UK #HolocaustMemorialDay Commemorative Ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honours victims and survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Throughout the Holocaust, many people risked their lives to help others. During the ceremony, The Duke read an extract from a letter written about his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, which described how she helped hide her Jewish friends, the Cohens, in her home. During the service, 75 candles of remembrance were lit to represent the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess spoke to Holocaust survivors, and survivors of genocides which have happened since.

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The ceremony and speech comes just one day after Duchess Catherine revealed her new photography project. She took striking images of two Holocaust survivors with their families for an exhibition that will be launched soon.