The Katherine Low Settlement (KLS) community charity in Battersea, London welcomed a special royal guest to celebrate its 100th anniversary: the Duchess of Edinburgh.
Her Royal Highness immersed herself in the festivities, even showcasing some dance moves to the iconic tunes of ABBA during an Elders’ exercise class.
The Duchess of Edinburgh dances ‘Dancing Queen’
The Duchess, sister-in-law to King Charles, enthusiastically took part in a chair dance class for older members of the Battersea community.
Video clips show Her Royal Highness energetically waving pom-poms along to the strains of “Dancing Queen”, bringing joy to all present. “She absolutely loved it,” said Sarah Gibb, Chief Executive of KLS.
First opened in 1924 by the then Duchess of York, later the Queen Mother, the charity has spent a century focused on reducing isolation and poverty in South London.
From sewing groups for refugee women to youth mentoring programs, the KLS empowers the community.
The visit allowed the Duchess to witness first-hand the impact of KLS’ initiatives, including the popular Elders’ clubs. She met 80-year-old friends Nadia and Edie, who were teenage members in the 1950s and now participate in the lunch club after retiring.
With inspirational life stories to tell, they impressed the Duchess with their continuing spirit and bond with KLS.
While a celebratory occasion, the charity does face funding issues and long waiting lists.
Leadership stressed that community support and individual donors provide most of their limited budget.
The Duchess of Edinburgh has visited the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea, as the charity begins its 100th anniversary celebrations!
Through its core programs, @KLSettlement supports over 500 vulnerable local people, including the elderly, families, and refugees.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 16, 2024
After 100 incredible years, the Katherine Low Settlement remains committed to its mission of community service.
They look to the next century with optimism, embracing the royal stamp of approval as they continue bringing Battersea together.