Prince William visits London homeless charity

Prince William visits London homeless charity to celebrate ’40 years of life-changing work’ after first visiting with Princess Diana in 1993 – as he shares a throwback snap of his mother at the centre

  • The Duke of Cambridge, 39, stepped out at The Passage in central London today 
  • Marked charity’s milestone anniversary and made a speech at awards ceremony
  • Reminisced about his visits to the centre, which started alongside his mother 

The Duke of Cambridge has visited a London homeless charity to celebrate its ’40 years of life-changing work’ after first visiting with his mother Princess Diana as a young child.

Prince William, 39, stepped out at The Passage in central London to mark the charity’s milestone anniversary and make a speech at an awards ceremony for the organisation.

He reminisced about his many visits to the centre, which started alongside his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1993, and includes three secret visits before Christmas 2020.

The royal also shared photographs from his trip on Instagram, including a picture of his mother visiting the centre and chatting with community members.

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured centre) has visited a London homeless charity to celebrate its ’40 years of life-changing work’ after first visiting with his mother Princess Diana as a young child

Prince William (pictured left), 39, stepped out at The Passage in central London to mark the charity’s milestone anniversary and make a speech at an awards ceremony for the organisation

The royal also shared photographs from his trip on Instagram , including a picture of his mother visiting the centre and chatting with community members (pictured)

A touching photo from a visit to the centre in 1993 shows a young Prince William and Prince Harry posing with their mother, Princess Diana, and a resident

William wrote in the caption: ‘Over the many years that I have visited The Passage, first with my mother when I was just a small boy, I have developed a great affection for you all. 

‘Every time I come here, I am touched by the warmth and friendliness, and the dignity and respect you show to everyone who comes through your door. 

‘I am always so impressed to see and hear the difference that The Passage makes to the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness. Thank you to everyone for your continuous work. W’ 

The Duke of Cambridge described how his mother Diana started his ‘great affection’ for workers from a charity helping the homeless. 

William (pictured left) reminisced about his many visits to the centre, which started alongside his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1993, and includes three secret visits before Christmas 2020

William (pictured) wrote in the caption: ‘Over the many years that I have visited The Passage, first with my mother when I was just a small boy, I have developed a great affection for you all’

In 2019, the duke become the patron of The Passage, an organisation established in 1980 which has gone on to help more than 135,000 people in crisis through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and innovative accommodation services.

Diana first took William and brother the Duke of Sussex to the charity in 1993, when the pair were young boys and William went on to make numerous public and private trips to the organisation.

He presented Colin Chilman, 56, with a Outstanding Achievement award after the former alcoholic, who saw Diana bring her sons to the charity, was able to find a job thanks to the organisation.

William told him: ‘Colin, what a journey. Well done I am so pleased it’s going well.’

In 2019, the duke become the patron of The Passage, an organisation established in 1980 which has gone on to help more than 135,000 people in crisis through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and innovative accommodation services

Diana first took William and brother the Duke of Sussex to the charity in 1993, when the pair were young boys and William went on to make numerous public and private trips to the organisation

In his speech at the anniversary celebration, postponed for a year due to Covid, the duke said: ‘I find it particularly inspiring to meet former clients who were helped by The Passage’s wonderful staff and volunteers in their time of need, and who have come back to help others now that they are doing much better themselves.

‘The last 18 months of the pandemic have shown us how much we rely on each other to get by – and just how strong our communities can be when we work together to get things done.’

Mr Chilman now works as a kitchen porter after the charity based in Victoria, central London – which has supported him over 35 years, put him through a hotel training course.

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured left) described how his mother Diana started his ‘great affection’ for workers from a charity helping the homeless

William (pictured) presented Colin Chilman, 56, with a Outstanding Achievement award after the former alcoholic, who saw Diana bring her sons to the charity, was able to find a job thanks to the organisation

‘I am always so impressed to see and hear the difference that The Passage makes to the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness. Thank you to everyone for your continuous work,’ said William (pictured right)

He said: ‘I remember seeing Diana many years ago and she was with her boys. They were so young.

‘I also met William several years ago but I had a long beard. I’m well happy to win this. And extra special to get it from William.

‘I just did what I did. From being an alcoholic I quit all that, I went through a bad time and (am) thankful for what has happened.’

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