Following in Princess Diana's footsteps, Prince William will now be patron of one of his late mother's former charities.
The Passage, the U.K.’s largest resource organization for the homeless, was near and dear to Diana’s heart. She brought William and Harry with her on a royal visit in 1993 when they were both children. Kensington Palace posted a #TBT of the event on Instagram, and a picture of the signatures of both William and Diana in The Passage’s guestbook from 26 years ago.
Now, William, 36, has been named Royal Patron of the charity, which has helped 130,000 people in crisis since 1980 through its resource center, homelessness prevention projects and innovative accommodation services.
“The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression on me—about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness and are given the opportunities to fulfill their potential in life,” Prince William said back in 2015.
The Duke of Cambridge visited the charity on Wednesday and helped volunteers cook spaghetti Bolognese for the homeless.