Princess Eugenie’s organisation shares meaningful image to commemorate anniversary

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The charity was created to combat modern slavery and raise awareness and was created by the royal with her best friend, Julia de Boinville, in 2017. The organisation posted a throwback picture on Tuesday of the princess at a service at Westminster Abbey in October 2016.

It was to commemorate the birthday of William Wilberforce who was born on August 24, 1759.

Mr Wilberforce was a Member of Parliament and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.

The royal was seen in the image laying a wreath on his grave.

The image shared depicts the 2016 service that honoured the late William Wilberforce and was attended by the Prime Minister at the time, Theresa May, and the then-Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

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The image was posted on Tuesday for their 14 thousand followers and got nearly 400 likes.

The image was captioned: “TODAY we remember the life of abolitionist #WilliamWilberforce, born on this day in 1759.

“A significant influence behind the founding of The Anti-Slavery Collective, @princesseugenie honored Wilberforce in 2016 by laying a wreath on his grave and attending a commemorative service at Westminster Abbey.

“His legacy and words live on today: ‘You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.’”

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In 1789, Mr Wilberforce gave a three hour speech protesting slavery in Parliament.

Later, in 1791, he presented the House of Commons with a bill to abolish the slave trade which, while supported by the Prime Minister at the time, was not passed.

Mr Wilberforce continued his bid to end slavery and was finally successful in 1807.

Global estimates of modern slavery from 2017 found that an estimated 40.3 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery.

This includes ten million children, 24.9 million people in forced labour, 15.4 million people in forced marriages and 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation.

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