THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX WILL VISIT BIRKENHEAD
Monday 14th January, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit the town of Birkenhead, Merseyside on Monday 14th January. During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a number of local organisations that support and empower groups within the community.
Their Royal Highnesses will firstly visit Hamilton Square to view a new sculpture erected in November to mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death. The statue, which is named after one of the Birkenhead war poet’s poems, ‘Futility’, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted World War One solider. The Duke and Duchess will unveil a plaque to mark the visit, before meeting local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, of which Wilfred Owen belonged to, and which played a part in the creation of the tribute. Their Royal Highnesses will then have the opportunity to meet members of the public gathered in Hamilton Square.
Next, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances. Initially established in 2011 to support women upon their release from prison, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral has since expanded and now offers an extensive range of training courses and workshops for more than 6000 local women, including support groups around mental health issues, domestic abuse, and addiction. The Duke and Duchess will hear directly from the women about their experiences, before visiting the onsite charity shop, café, and Inspiration Hall.
Their Royal Highnesses’ will lastly visit the Hive Wirral Youth Zone. Created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing 21st century youth facilities across the UK, the Hive provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, building key skills and raising their aspirations and confidence. The Duke and Duchess will meet young members as they take part in a number of activities and workshops throughout the centre, before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit.
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