Duchess of Cambridge pays respects to Sarah Everard at Clapham memorial

Jess Glass, PA
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The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a south London memorial for Sarah Everard, close to where the 33-year-old went missing.

Kate made a visit to Clapham Common on Saturday afternoon to pay her respects to Ms Everard and her family in the wake of the marketing executive’s murder.

The duchess visited a bandstand in the south London park where dozens of floral tributes have been placed for Ms Everard, whose body was formally identified on Friday.

She was seen pausing in front of the sea of tributes, which have grown substantially in the last day.

As well as flowers, the memorial also features signs, with the duchess seen near a sign reading “I am Sarah”.

It is understood Kate also made the visit in part because she remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married.

Vigils had been organised across the UK in memory of Ms Everard, as well as to urge that more is done to tackle violence against women.

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People gather at the bandstand in Clapham Common (Victoria Jones/PA)

Organisers Reclaim These Streets announced that a vigil planned for Saturday in Clapham Common had been cancelled and said a “virtual gathering” will take place instead.

A fundraiser set up by the group for women’s charitable causes was less than £10,000 away from its £320,000 target as the virtual gathering began shortly after 6pm.

Reclaim These Streets has also encouraged people to join a doorstep vigil at 9.30pm, with the group saying 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”.