Prince William Honors Princess Diana at UK Homeless Charity

The prince visited the same charity with his late mother.

ByCarolyn Durand
May 13, 2016, 1:49 PM
PHOTO: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits The Passage, an organization which helps the homeless transform their lives, May 13, 2016 in London.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits The Passage, an organization which helps the homeless transform their lives, May 13, 2016 in London.
Eamonn M. McCormack-WPA Pool/Getty Images

— -- Prince William today visited The Passage, a homeless charity that he and Prince Harry visited with Princess Diana as young boys, determined to make sure his mother's legacy is kept alive.

"The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon 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 told those gathered at the charity in Victoria, London.

William, 33, and Harry, 31, joined their mother, the late Princess of Wales, at The Passage in 1993 and again in 1994 to shine a light on the plight of the homeless. William has since taken on a role with another homeless charity, Centrepoint, for which his mother once served as patron.

PHOTO: Kensington Palace posted this photo to Instagram, May 13, 2016 with the caption, "The Duke first went to The Passage in 1993 when his mother, The Princess of Wales, took him for a private visit to see the work of the homeless charity."
Kensington Palace posted this photo to their Instagram account on May 13, 2016 with the caption, "The Duke first went to The Passage in 1993 when his mother, The Princess of Wales, took him for a private visit to see the work of the homeless charity. This photograph, which was presented to The Duke today, was taken during a second visit in 1994 with The Princess of Wales and Prince Harry."
Kensington Palace/Instagram

Like their mother, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been unafraid to tackle the most challenging but often forgotten issues that plague the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. In 2009, William took to the streets himself and slept with the homeless to show solidarity with young people trying to overcome adversity.

"For the last 36 years, The Passage has been there for those who find themselves street homeless or at risk of homelessness," Prince William said today. "In its time, The Passage has helped an astonishing 100,000 people."

The charity presented William, the second-in-line to the British throne, with a photo from his 1994 visit with his mother and brother.

PHOTO: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits The Passage, an organization which helps the homeless transform their lives, May 13, 2016 in London.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits The Passage, an organization which helps the homeless transform their lives, May 13, 2016 in London.
Eamonn M. McCormack-WPA Pool/Getty Images

He was visibly moved when he was presented with the gift.

William today also toured the refurbished St. Vincent's Center, which is the U.K.'s largest support center and homeless shelter, aiding more than 100,000 individuals in crisis since its opening in 1980.

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