KATE Middleton has paid tribute to Sarah Everard today at Clapham Common as she "remembers what it's like to walk in London alone".
The Duchess of Cambridge was among tearful mourners who gathered at the spot the 33-year-old was last seen as vigils were cancelled across the UK.The Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to tragic Sarah Everard Kate Middleton was among dozens of mourners who paid their respects to SarahCredit: Twitter The Duchess joined other mourners at a vigil at Clapham CommonCredit: Twitter She left a bunch of daffodils at the shrine
A Palace source said today: "The Duchess wanted to pay her respects to Sarah and her family.
"She remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married."
Last night PM Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds lit candles for Sarah at No 10 — as Brits did the same on doorsteps.
Kate, 38, was without husband Wills and their children — and any obvious security — as she joined hundreds at the shrine at Clapham Common bandstand.
She laid daffodils picked from the garden at Kensington Palace and paused for around five minutes reading cards and looking at the sea of flowers.
A royal source said it was a private visit inspired by Kate’s own experiences from walking alone at night in London and elsewhere. They said the duchess wanted to pay respects to Sarah’s family.
The source added: “Kate also wanted to show unity to everyone else who is having the same feelings right now. She wanted to do it privately and felt it was the right thing to do. There was no fanfare.”
As he prepared to light his candle, Mr Johnson said he and Carrie would be thinking of Sarah’s family and friends.
The PM stressed: “I cannot imagine how unbearable their pain and grief is. We must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime.
"I will do everything I can to make sure the streets are safe and ensure women and girls do not face harassment or abuse.”Sarah Everard had not been seen since she left a friend's house in Clapham on Wednesday, March 3, 2021Credit: Universal News & Sport The Duchess paid tribute in Clapham todayCredit: Twitter Thousands of people stood in solidarity in Clapham Common this evening People gather at a memorial site at the BandstandCredit: Reuters Mourners shone lights as police barricaded the Common bandstand The 33-year-old's body was found in Kent just over a week after she went missingCredit: London News Pictures
A further 31 vigils for Sarah Everard were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK - including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.
But the Met Police moved to ban the event due to Covid restrictions with other forces following suit.
Campaign group Reclaim These Streets mounted a High Court challenge on Thursday but a judge upheld the police's decision to block the event - forcing organisers to cancel vigils across the UK.
Despite the ban, a small, socially-distanced group lay flowers at the bandstand in Clapham Common this afternoon in moving scenes.
Some mourners were seen in tears as they gathered to pay tribute to the marketing manager, who vanished on March 3.
There was also police present in London as people paid their respects, as her alleged killer Wayne Couzens today appeared in court.
The 33-year-old's remains were found on March 11 - nine days after her disappearance as she walked back to her Brixton home from a friend's house in Clapham, South London.
At about 9pm she left the property in Leathwaite Road through a back gate onto the A205 South Circular and began walking to her home in Brixton.
She is thought to have walked across Clapham Common.
It comes as...Sarah Everard disappeared while walking home to Brixton from Clapham last week Sarah's family said the 33-year-old was a "kind and beautiful" woman Wayne Couzens, 48, was taken to hospital with head injuries after being taken into custody The suspect was linked to an alleged sex offence three days before Sarah disappeared Organisers of a vigil for Sarah Everard have been left furious after the Met Police threatened them with fines under Covid rules CCTV from a London bus has helped cops in their investigations, it was reported A body found in Kent woodlands is confirmed to be that of missing Sarah Everard, police said yesterday Wayne Couzens, 48, today appeared in court charged on suspicion of her murder and kidnap
Today's vigils come after Reclaim the Streets slammed the police after revealing they were threatened with a £10,000 fine under Covid laws if the events went ahead.
They also accused cops of being "unwilling to engage" and are now urging people to "shine a light" in a doorstep vigil at 9.30pm.
The campaign group said it would be joining people across the country and "shining a light - a candle, a torch, a phone - to remember Sarah Everard and all the women affected by and lost to violence".Vigil organisers have urged people to hold candles on their doorsteps tonightCredit: Universal News & Sport Sarah, 33, seemingly vanished off the streets of Clapham, South London last week The marketing manager died after leaving a friend's home in Clapham Sarah vanished as she walked home on March 3 People places flowers at a tree on College Green in Bristol after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelledCredit: PA:Press Association
A fundraising page they launched has already raised more than £240,000 for women's charities.
The Met Police today said they take "no joy"in the cancellation but insisted it was the "right thing to do".
And other police forces confirmed they were cancelled events across the UK.
Greater Manchester Police said they were "shocked and saddened" about Sarah's death but warned "gathering in large groups is still unlawful".
Merseyside Police thanked organisers for postponing a vigil due to be held in Liverpool city centre tonight.
In a tweet, the force said: "We would like to thank the organisers of the Reclaim These Streets vigil for postponing their event until a time when it is safe and legal to do so without fear of attributing to potential spread of the coronavirus."
But some people say they are still planning to attend the vigil for tragic Sarah, who vanished last Wednesday as she walked home.
Sarah's death has prompted an outpouring of grief from the public, with many women and girls sharing stories online of experiencing violence by men.
The vigils were designed to show that women should feel safe no matter the time of day.
Sarah's family on Thursday paid tribute to their "bright and beautiful daughter and sister".Night vigils in College Green, Bristol Friends and family comforted one another in Clapham todayCredit: Alamy Live News People attend a vigil for Sarah Everard, following her kidnap and murder, at King's Parade street in CambridgeCredit: Reuters Gatherings planned in memory of Sarah Everard will be replaced with doorstep vigils, organisers have saidCredit: Universal News & Sport Hundreds of people gathered in solidarity
In a statement, Sarah's family said: "Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.
"Sarah was bright and beautiful - a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.
"She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.
"We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help."
Meanwhile, Wayne Couzens, 48, today appeared in court charged on suspicion of her murder and kidnap.
Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said Met Police were determined to get justice for Sarah after finding the body hidden in woodlands in Ashford, Kent.
He said this week: "As you know, on Wednesday evening detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard discovered a body secreted in woodland in Kent.
"The body has now been recovered and formal identification procedure has now been undertaken. I can now confirm that it is the body of Sarah Everard."
He confirmed Sarah's family had been given the "distressing" update.
The gun cop, who joined the Met Police in 2018, appeared in the dock in person at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning.
Flanked by two police officers, Couzens sat with his head in his hands while wearing a grey jumper. He appeared to have a red wound on the top of his forehead.Sarah Everard went missing a week ago and human remains have now been found A protester is pictured in the bandstand earlier People left signs and flowers in tribute to Sarah A small group look at a wall of flowers left in memory of Sarah Her tragic death has sparked a social movement
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