Kate Middleton pays homage to Princess Diana for last-minute appearance to launch new charity

The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William on Thursday for a last-minute appearance near London's Trafalgar Square to launch their new charity called the National Emergencies Trust (NET), which will bring together charities across the United Kingdom to distribute funds and resources in wake of domestic disasters. 

The organization, which distinguishes itself as independent from the state, was created in response to the mass of tragedies that shook the United Kingdom in 2017, including the Manchester terrorist attacks and London's Grenfell Fire. In order to have the most impact, it seeks to be a resource for those affected by disaster and will work with other charities to allocate funds efficiently at the time of emergency.

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after attending the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after attending the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London on Movember 7, 2019. - The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity which will provide an emergency response to disasters in the UK. The NET was created as a result of discussions held within the charitable sector about how to effectively respond to national emergencies following recent devastating tragedies, including the Grenfell Tower fire, and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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"The intensity of emergencies in 2017.... led the Charity Commission to convene a number of people in the charitable sector to see if there was a better way of responding to national emergencies," NET explains on its website. "This has led to the creation of the National Emergencies Trust, which will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster." 

Kate and William's outing on Thursday included meeting with victims from the Grenfell fire and the Westminster Bridge attack as well as making an inaugural speech.

The parents-of-three dutifully wore their navy attire and remembrance poppy brooches -- William in a navy suit and Kate in an Emilia Wickstead dressJimmy Choo leather pumps and Princess Diana's diamond and sapphire drop earrings -- ahead of this weekend's Remembrance Day commemorations. 

The holiday honors the fallen servicemen and women with a slew of royal-attended services on both Saturday and Sunday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began commemorations for the holiday on Thursday by attending the 91st annual Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey to speak with veterans and plant their own Cross of Remembrances. 

The Duchess of Cornwall was expected to join Harry and Meghan, but had to cancel last minute due to a chest infection. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) visits the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London on November 7, 2019. - The Field of Remembrance is organised by The Poppy Factory, and has been held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey since November 1928, when only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted. In the run-up to Armistice Day, many Britons wear a paper red poppy -- symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I -- in their lapels. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in Westminster, London. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets a veteran as she attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meets a youngster as he attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meets a youngster as he attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects after laying a Cross of Remembrance in front of wooden crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars, during their visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London on November 7, 2019. - The Field of Remembrance is organised by The Poppy Factory, and has been held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey since November 1928, when only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted. In the run-up to Armistice Day, many Britons wear a paper red poppy -- symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I -- in their lapels. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London on November 7, 2019. - The Field of Remembrance is organised by The Poppy Factory, and has been held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey since November 1928, when only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted. In the run-up to Armistice Day, many Britons wear a paper red poppy -- symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I -- in their lapels. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex plants a cross carrying a personal message in memory of those who lost their lives in the service of others as he attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets a veteran as she attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greets veterans after paying her respects during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London on November 7, 2019. - The Field of Remembrance is organised by The Poppy Factory, and has been held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey since November 1928, when only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted. In the run-up to Armistice Day, many Britons wear a paper red poppy -- symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I -- in their lapels. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex greets veterans after paying her respects during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London on November 7, 2019. - The Field of Remembrance is organised by The Poppy Factory, and has been held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey since November 1928, when only two Remembrance Tribute Crosses were planted. In the run-up to Armistice Day, many Britons wear a paper red poppy -- symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I -- in their lapels. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets veterans and soldiers as she attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 07, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets veterans and soldiers as she attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets veterans and soldiers as she attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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