The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marked International Women’s Day by sharing stories of some of the most inspirational women they have met in the last year – including an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor which Kate took.
On the @kensingtonroyal Instagram account, the couple shared a montage of four photographs taken in the course of their duties.
“To mark the day we are celebrating some of the remarkable and inspiring women we have met over the last year,” they said.
One of the images included was of 82-year-old Yvonne Bernstein was taken by Kate herself.
Mrs Bernstein, who is Jewish, was a hidden child in France throughout most of the Holocaust.
“The Duchess photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe earlier this year as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust,” the caption said.
Other photos included pictures taken during their trip to Pakistan in October, a champion swimmer and life-long volunteer coach Eileen Fenton, and the Duchess with staff at a maternity unit in a south-west London hospital.
The Duchess of Cornwall also used the occasion to shine a light on her work with domestic abuse charities. A post on the @clarencehouse Instagram page quoted a speech Camilla gave at the UK charity SafeLives last month.
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Today is #InternationalWomensDay! To mark the day we are celebrating some of the remarkable and inspiring women we have met over the last year. Clockwise from top left: 1. The women of the SOS Children’s Village in Lahore, Pakistan: where staff provide children, deprived of their natural parents, with an environment which is as close as possible to a natural home, along with loving care, security, higher education and job-training. 2. Eileen Fenton MBE: Eileen was the first woman, at the age of 21, to complete the Cross Channel Swimming Race in 1950, and went on to train scores of first-class long distance and sprint swimmers. 3. The incredible staff at Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit: their philosophy of care is to ensure women are at the centre of their service. 4. Yvonne Bernstein: Yvonne was a hidden child in France, travelling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names — The Duchess photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe earlier this year as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. #IWD2020 #IWD