Kate Middleton Lays Daffodils in Tribute to Murder Victim Sarah Everard

Victoria Murphy
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From Town & Country

The kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard earlier this month when she was walking home through London has sent shockwaves through the UK and sparked an outpouring of women reflecting on and sharing their feelings of walking alone. Today the Duchess of Cambridge was among those paying tribute to Sarah, laying flowers at a memorial at a bandstand in Clapham Common, south west London. Kate was captured by news cameras at the tribute site during her unannounced and low-key solo visit. She stood before the sea of flowers and read some of the notes before laying her own bouquet of daffodils picked from the garden at Kensington Palace.

Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images

A royal source said that the Duchess wanted to pay her respects personally. “She remembers what it felt like walking around London at night before she was married,” the source added. Kate was dressed casually in a dark green jacket and black trousers as she joined those also paying their respects to Sarah. Vigils had been planned across the UK for Sarah but people were instead urged to light a candle in her memory from their homes because of COVID restrictions.

A man has appeared in court charged with Sarah’s kidnap and murder, the BBC has reported. Wayne Couzens, 48, a serving Metropolitan Police Officer, is being held in custody before his next appearance before the courts on March 16.

The murder has shocked the UK with women taking to social media to share their experiences of being harassed in public and their fears of walking alone in the dark.

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