The Queen has praised the Windrush “pioneers” for their “profound contribution” to British life as a statue to them was unveiled.
The monument, at Waterloo Station, pays tribute to the thousands of people who arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1971.
It depicts a man, woman and child standing on top of suitcases and was revealed to mark Windrush Day.
The government gave £1m to fund the statue, designed by Basil Watson.
In a message to mark the occasion, signed Elizabeth R, the Queen said she hoped the statue would “inspire present and future generations” as she sent her “warmest good wishes on this historic occasion”.
Windrush Day marks the arrival of Caribbean immigrants to the shores of Britain on 22 June each year – the day HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948. More