Kate Middleton and Prince William Made a Meaningful Appearance for Holocaust Memorial Day

The Duchess of Cambridge also photographed Holocaust survivors for a powerful exhibition. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped out on Monday in London in a meaningful appearance to honor millions of lives lost during the Holocaust as they attended the U.K. Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gray belted long-sleeved dress with black pumps and a matching black clutch for the event, which took place at Central Hall in Westminster, opposite the Abbey, where the couple got married in 2011.

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People reports that during the event, the Duke of Cambridge gave a reading of a letter sent by a friend of his great-grandmother Princess Alice, who has been praised for her efforts to help Jewish people during the Holocaust.

"When the persecution of the Jews by the Germans began, Princess Alice asked to be informed about the fate of the Cohen family," the letter read. "Having been informed by friends and by her lady in waiting about the plight of Mrs. Cohen and her young daughter, the Princess decided to offer her hospitality to the two ladies; in fact to hide them in her home despite the danger this entailed."

Kate also shared photos she took for a an exhibition honoring victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

"The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts," she wrote in an Instagram post. "Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever."

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