The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a heartfelt statement following the shocking murder of MP Sir David Amess.
William and Kate paid tribute to Sir David on Twitter, sending their "thoughts and prayers" to his family, friends and colleagues. The much-loved Conservative politician died after being stabbed in his constituency in Essex. The royal couple signed off their statement personally with their initials: "W & C".
We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Sir David Amess, who dedicated 40 years of his life to serving his community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues. W & C
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2021
"We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Sir David Amess, who dedicated 40 years of his life to serving his community, " their message read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues. W & C."
Sir David Amess: Fun, friendly and always outspoken https://t.co/SZvGbs7yO5
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 15, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described Sir David Amess as "one of the kindest, nicest, and most gentle people in politics". The PM laid flowers with Labour leader Keir Starmer at the scene where Amess died, as they paid tribute to their colleague.
Sir David was stabbed as he met constituents at a regular surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church on Friday morning (October 15). Essex Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
The politician had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He was a strong supporter of animal rights, campaigned against fuel poverty, and raised awareness of endometriosis.
The duke and duchess are due to take part in the inaugural Earthshot Prize this weekend, which is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, 17th October.
Created by William and the Royal Foundation, the one-hour ceremony will celebrate the people and places driving positive change when it comes to environmental issues - the first-ever Earthshot Prize finalists and winners.
Prince William will introduce the event, while Kate will announce the winners alongside fellow presenters Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo and Mo Salah.
The Earthshot Prize will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at 8pm, and streamed globally on Discovery's Facebook page on 17th October 2021.
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