Cambridges Visit Child Bereavement Centre

Child Bereavement
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to cut a cake to celebrate the one year anniversary of the charity's branch, during a visit to Child Bereavement UK's centre in Stratford, east London.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited one of Child Bereavement UK’s centres to mark its one year anniversary.

Prince William, who has been Child Bereavement UK’s royal patron since 2009, opened the charity’s Stratford centre in east London in 2015.

The charity supports parents who have lost children as well as helping children who are bereaved.

During the visit, the Duke and Duchess took part in a Family Support Group session, where the couple helped the children make memory jars filled with layers of different coloured salts, each layer representing a memory of the loved one they’ve lost.

Prince William also had the opportunity to meet a little girl whose dad had died from cancer. In a poignant conversation Prince William spoke of losing his mother, telling nine year old Aoife, “I lost my mummy when I was very young too”.

Child Bereavement’s chief executive, Ann Chalmers said she was “honoured” to have the duke and duchess visit the centre.

The charity was set up in 1994, and Princess Diana attended its launch.

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