The Duchess of Cambridge pays tribute to Sarah Everard at today's vigil in Clapham Common

The Duchess joined mourners in a powerful tribute to Sarah Everard

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Duchess Catherine went to pay her respects to Sarah Everard, who was abducted on March 3rd 2021. 

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The Duchess of Cambridge today made an unannounced visit to Clapham Common to quietly pay her respects to Sarah Everard, whose body was found in woodlands in Ashford, Kent, earlier this week. 

Sarah was described as a 'kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable' young woman by her family and friends, who are devastated by her loss. The case has shaken the UK, with women coming forward and sharing their own stories of male violence, with a collective outrage towards violence against women.

The Duchess laid daffodils picked from her garden at Kensington Palace, a royal source told HELLO.

"She obviously wanted to pay her respects to Sarah and her family.

"She remembers being a young woman and walking around London at night before she got married. It struck a chord and she wanted to go and lay some flowers in person."

Sarah went missing on March 3 2021, after leaving a friend's house in Clapham Common. She was making her way home to Brixton, a journey that should have taken around 50 minutes. 

Sarah's family paid tribute to her on Thursday, asking anyone with any information to come forward to police. They said, "She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humor.

"She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives."

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Tonight, a candlelit vigil is taking place across the UK as a tribute to Sarah - and all the women who have ever fallen victim to violence.