The 32-year-old queen made her first official outing since her grandmother Queen Elizabeth's funeral on September 19 in London. Along with Julia de Boinville, co-founder of The Anti-Slavery Collective, Princess Eugenie appeared in Trafalgar Square. The pals went outside to view the art display set up by Hestia, another anti-slavery organisation, who founded the charity in 2017 to fight against modern slavery and trafficking.
Eugenie and Julia examined the large exhibition panels for the yearly "Art is Freedom" exhibition, which showcases works of art and pictures by former slaves. They also had conversations with Hamza Taouzzale, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, and Hestia CEO Patrick Ryan, as well as regional director Nahar Choudhury.
Anti-Slavery Day is on Tuesday, therefore the show was planned in advance. It will be in busy Trafalgar Square through Sunday. Similar exhibits have been erected outside the South Kensington and London Bridge tube stations and are free to view.
"Since it opened five years ago, the Art is Freedom exhibition has helped survivors of modern slavery of all ages and from all over the world. It is encouraging to see how the project allows survivors to use their art to express their thoughts, feelings, and stories "Hestia cited a comment made by Princess Eugenie.
The princess said, "The exhibition also gives those who have experienced modern slavery the chance to learn new skills, which can assist to strengthen a sense of community among survivors and foster freedom of expression. "This exhibit offers a venue for eradicating the stigma associated with survivors and allowing their tales to speak for themselves. The Anti-Slavery Collective is honoured to be co-curating the show this year, and we are eager to contribute to bringing attention to this crucial problem."
In a previous interview, Princess Eugenie and Julia revealed that they initially connected on a school trip bus. In 2012, the two of them travelled to India where they visited the Women's Interlink Foundation and "first became aware of modern slavery."
"The degree of slavery's continued existence astounded us. In reality, there are more slaves today than at any previous moment in history, and someone is likely to be trafficked within a mile of your home at any given time. Although we frequently associate slavery with chains and shackles, modern slavery is a covert crime that is frequently difficult to identify "last year on Instagram, they claimed.
The pals claimed they became "obsessive investigators" and spent the following five years learning about the problem. They came to the conclusion that spreading awareness was the most efficient approach to help.
Thus, they stated in the post, "This became our mission." "We proudly introduced The Anti-Slavery Collective in 2017."
The pals started a podcast on Spotify in April in order to broaden the audience for the Anti-Slavery Collective. In Floodlight, Princess Eugenie and Julia host a discussion on modern slavery and the little changes that may be taken to stop the epidemic. Participants include MPs, leaders, activists, survivors, journalists, and more.