Kate turns behind the camera while visiting creative projects

Kate turns behind the camera while visiting creative projects

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped behind the lens and practiced with a camera for a change as she and the Duke of Cambridge met with young British-Caribbean creatives to mark Windrush Day.

Kate may be one of the most photographed people in the world, but she switched roles for a moment and tried her hand at filming on a visit to Brixton House in south-east London.

Visual artist Davinia Clarke, 22, who helped her operate a camera with a shoulder rig, said she joked “you need a lot of upper body strength” to maneuver the equipment.

Known as an avid photographer, Kate wore a white pantsuit and alternately zoomed in and positioned the lens.

“(Kate) wanted to understand how to put it on and how to move it.

“She was ready for it and she did better than me,” Ms Clarke said afterwards.

“It’s really hard, she was good.”

Meanwhile, William spoke to R&B musician Abdoulaziz Lelo Ndambi, 24, before nodding along as the singer played one of his tracks on a mobile phone and told him he had a good voice.

“(William) said he told Kate it could be number one in the future, I pray it is,” Mr Ndambi said afterwards.

Kate and William visited the venue on Wednesday to meet with emerging artists from the British-Caribbean community and other diasporas to recognize the contribution of the Windrush generation and their families to Britain.

The Duke of Cambridge during his visit to the Duchess of Cambridge at Brixton House in London (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)

The Duke of Cambridge during his visit to the Duchess of Cambridge at Brixton House in London (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)

They were welcomed by youth workers to Elevate, a program run by Lambeth Council which aims to improve creative industry opportunities for all young people in the borough.

The pair then attended a workshop led by production agencies Iconic Steps and Oxygen Arts and were shown a variety of activities including filming and editing before speaking to a group of attendees.

The visit comes after the couple’s Caribbean tour, during which William signaled any decision by Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas to break away from the British monarchy would be supported with “pride and respect”.

When asked how she felt about the royal visit given the tour, Ms Clarke said: “It felt natural, it didn’t feel forced.

She added: “I hope it’s sincere.

“I think it’s important that they at least try to do something.

“I think they have a genuine interest in young people and creativity.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Elevate (Image: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)

Singer-songwriter King Simpson, 24, whose grandfather was part of the Windrush generation, said: “I think it’s important as long as the energy behind it lasts and as long as it helps those affected, those of Caribbean descent, and as long as it’s not just one show is.”

He added, “The fact that they present themselves shows how significant (Windrush) is in the story.”

The couple praised the work of young creatives, including Jazmine Lowe, an art student whose digital portraits Kate called “amazing”.

“It’s really cool,” William said, while Kate told the young artist she was “very talented.”

Speaking to event organizers, William said the importance of community projects that help young people enter the creative industries is even more pronounced “post-pandemic.”

“We all got into our shells a little bit,” he said.

“We said it’s so important to have a place like this because the industry is so competitive.”

Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks in 1948, carrying 500 passengers from the Caribbean.

More than 100 leaders from politics, faith and civil society, sport, culture and business have signed a joint letter published in The Times newspaper, starting the one-year countdown to the milestone.

They write: “This is not just black history, it is British history.

“It should be something we all know and remember.

“We are calling on the Government and all UK institutions, from politics to civil society, faith, culture, business and sport, to step up and play their role to the full over the next year.”

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