Princess Eugenie lays wreath for William Wilberforce
Princess Eugenie laid a wreath in memory of abolitionist William Wilberforce at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday (12.10.16).
The 26-year-old royal, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, attended the ceremony – along with British prime minister Theresa May – which commemorated the work of the late activist, who was a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.
The message on the wreath, which she placed on William’s grave, read: “In commemoration of the work of William Wilberforce and marking the United Kingdom’s commitment to combat Modern Slavery laid by HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Marlene Sookdeo, a survivor of Modern Slavery.”
After laying the floral tribute, Eugenie stood next to Theresa May to sing hymns before the PM gave a speech
and vowed to make Britain lead the fight to bring justice to slave workers.
She promised: “As Prime Minister, I want Britain at the forefront of this fight, leading the world with our efforts to stamp out modern day slavery and human trafficking.
“This is a global phenomenon that knows no geographical boundaries, crossing not just borders but over the internet.
“So we need a radical domestic and international approach to target every aspect of this despicable trade and strip the slave drivers of the profit they make out of human suffering by putting them behind bars.
“We will work tirelessly, relentlessly pursuing the perpetrators of these appalling crimes so that victims of slavery can go free.”