Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh visited the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea today, as the charity begins its 100th Anniversary Year celebrations. Watch the full coverage on London Live.
KLS was opened by the late Queen Mother, as Duchess of York, in 1924 and Her Majesty also returned to the Settlement in 1964 to mark its 40th Anniversary. The Duchess of Edinburgh visited the Settlement today to learn about its work and to thank the staff and volunteers for their hard work and passion. See the previous KLS Royal visits and our historical timeline.
HRH toured the Settlement visiting an Elders’ chair dance class; a sewing group for women newly arrived in the UK, which could help them into employment; a ‘Love to Learn’ mentoring session for children and young people and the visit ended with a brief reception where The Duchess met more members of the local community and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion of the visit.
Sarah Gibb, Chief Executive of KLS says “It was an absolute honour for us to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh to Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea today. This year marks the charity’s 100th anniversary of bringing the Battersea community together and we are thrilled to start our centenary year with a Royal visit. KLS has been lucky enough to have four other Royal visits, since it was founded in 1924, and we are extremely grateful for each of these visits.”
Councillor Juliana Annan, Mayor of Wandsworth who has chosen KLS as one of the charities she is supporting during her year as mayor said “We really appreciate The Duchess of Edinburgh taking the time to visit Katherine Low Settlement in the London borough of Wandsworth today. It is a very deserving charity which is at the heart of the community in Battersea helping the elderly, the young and their families, refugees and other local people who need assistance.”
Photos by Aisha Seriki