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Prince Charles makes political wish of slain MP come true

Five months after an MP was murdered in a knife attack, Prince Charles and Camille, Duchess of Cornwall, contribute to making one of its political priorities a reality. On March 1, the couple will travel to Southend-on-Sea in Essex to present letters patent of queen elizabeth which officially designate the borough as Britain’s 52nd city.

On October 15, 2021, the Conservative MP Sir David Amess was speaking to voters at a local Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea when he was stabbed. (Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old man from north London, has been charged with the crime in December. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is scheduled to begin on March 21.) According to the bbcAmess, who has represented the region in parliament since 1997, had advocated for the city to become a city for the past two decades and secured a parliamentary debate on the issue in 2019.

During Charles and Camilla’s visit, they will present the letters patent to the town mayor, Margaret Borton, before visiting other areas of the city. the widow of Amess, Ms Julia Amess, will receive a Freedom of the City award in honor of her husband.

Borton explained the significance of the day to the BBC. “Officially receiving Prince of Wales Town status will be a special moment for Southend-on-Sea, and we are extremely honored to have a visit from Their Royal Highnesses on what is sure to be a momentous day for our new Town,” she says.

Prince William and Kate Middleton expressed their condolences to the Amess family shortly after his death. “We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Sir David Amess, who dedicated 40 years of his life to the service of his community,” they said. on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.” Amess is the second MP to be murdered in a knife attack in the past decade. In June 2016, Labor MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed on a street in West Yorkshire.

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In January, the daughter of the late MP Katie Amess, a film and television actor, hosted an Anne Frank Trust event in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day where Camilla also appeared, and together they lit candles to honor modern victims of hate crimes . According to Express and Star, Katie told the crowd that she hoped her father’s memory would remind them that “love, understanding and kindness is the only way forward”.

During the event, Camilla donated a speech which asked listeners to speak out against injustice and violence. “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s not be spectators to injustice or prejudice,” she said. “After all, our personal values ​​are surely measured by the things we are willing to ignore.”

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