Kate Middleton spotted paying tribute at Sarah Everard vigil

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
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Kate Middleton was spotted among mourners who paid tribute at a vigil for murdered woman Sarah Everard in London at the weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to have laid flowers she picked from the gardens at Kensington Palace, at the spot the 33-year-old woman was last seen.

“The Duchess wanted to pay her respects to Sarah and her family," a Palace source said, reports The Sun.

“She remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married.”

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The 38-year-old mum visited the site at Clapham Common, despite the fact Met Police had banned vigils across the UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Kate Middleton was one of hundreds who paid tribute to Sarah Everard in London at the weekend. Photo: Sky

31 vigils were due to take place in cities including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.

Campaign group Reclaim These Streets mounted a High Court challenge last week but a judge upheld the police’s decision to block the event – forcing organisers to cancel them.

At the time, Commander Catherine Roper, the Met’s lead for Community Engagement, said in a statement the vigil could not go ahead because of Covid restrictions.

“We take no joy in this event being cancelled, but it is the right thing to do given the real and present threat of Covid-19,” she said.

“Throughout the week we have had a number of talks with the organisers of the vigil. These talks have undoubtedly been challenging and officers have worked hard to explain the regulations and why gatherings such as this cannot go ahead at this time.”

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Hundreds gathered at the vigil despite police orders. Photo: Sky
Sarah Everard went missing in south London on the night of March 3. Photo: Supplied/AFP
Sarah Everard went missing in south London on the night of March 3. Photo: Supplied/AFP

It comes after Wayne Couzens, 44, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, was charged with allegedly murdering and kidnapping Ms Everard on Friday after her body was found in woodlands south of London.

He appeared at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning.

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