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"At last, you have a centre..." Prince Charles at the BCA

BACK IN TIME: From left to right - BCA Director Paul Reid, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and BCA Chairperson Dawn Hill (photo credit: Sharron Wallace)

THE PRINCE of Wales ventured south of the river yesterday, when he and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall joined staff, visitors and dignitaries at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton.

The royal couple were invited to take a look at the BCA's historical exhibits, with a focus on the displays and documentary evidence concerning African and Caribbean soldiers who fought on behalf of England during World Wars I and II. War veterans from the West Indian Association of Service Personnel were able to provide the Prince and Duchess with a unique insight into these military efforts and their own experiences of serving the country.

PRAISE DUE: Left to right - the Prince of Wales, mentor Leanne Lashley and BCA Patron Miranda Brawn (photo credit: Sharron Wallace)

Thursday's attendees also included the immediate family of the late Len Garrison who was Founding Chairman of the BCA, Director of The Voice Paulette Simpson, MP for Streatham (situated in the same London borough as the BCA) Chuka Umunna, MP and Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lambeth Rosi Prescott, local Mayor Saleha Jaffer and BCA Patron Miranda Brawn; who received praise from the Prince for her work in championing diversity.

MEET AND GREET: From left to right - The Duchess of Cornwall, community organiser Ros Griffiths, (background), Director of The Voice newspaper Paulette Simpson and activist for the BCA Juneary Raymond (photo credit: Sharron Wallace)

Reflecting on the day, Director for the BCA Paul Reid said:

"Today we had the opportunity to share items from our archive with their Royal Highnesses...we all came away with a new appreciation for our shared interest in the heritage of black Britons.

"And in sharing that heritage with our young people - like the Air Cadets and Army Cadets...we are teaching lessons from the past to better understand our present to raise aspirations of the future."

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