With the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London, to learn about the incredible efforts being made to support Ukrainians in the UK and across Europe.
The couple even took some homemade treats to thank the volunteers, including brownies!
Prince William and Catherine spoke to Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive of Disasters Emergency Committee, and heard about DEC’s humanitarian appeal, which has raised more than £120 million so far.
Both dressed in blue to show their solidarity with Ukrainians, the Royals also heard how there had been a specific need for medicines in Ukrainian hospitals. They were shown the large amount of pharmaceutical goods pilled in the centre of the building.
Speaking to volunteers, William said: “It’s very alien to see this in Europe. We are all behind you.”
He added that they wanted to do more to help, saying: “We feel so useless.”
The future King also revealed how their older children George, and Charlotte, had been asking questions. “Ours have been coming home asking all about it. They are obviously talking about it with their friends at school.”
The couple heard about the services offered at the centre, the incredible amount of donations they have received following Russia’s invasion of the country, and the challenges they continue to face to get material aid where it’s most needed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t waste any time in getting involved, as they helped with sorting and packaging of items donated, whilst being told about the services offered at the social club.
The visit follows the public support the couple have shown Ukraine when they released a tweet: “In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelensky and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future. Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.”
Over the past two weeks, communities and organisations here in the UK have come together to provide vital support to Ukrainians here in Britain and across Europe. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/Smpt48X5og
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) March 9, 2022
William and Kate are just two members of the Royal Family to have shown their support to the people of Ukraine. Earlier this week, The Queen met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and made a subtle tribute to the Ukrainians with her floral display.
On the table behind where the pair were pictured standing were a large bouquet of flowers that were light blue and yellow, symbolising the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
The Prince of Wales visited St. Luke’s Church at Earl’s Court, London, today to learn about Holy Trinity Brompton’s refugee response program. Charles said: “For me, it is an immeasurable tragedy that so much death and destruction exists around the world at this present time, leading to such utter misery for so many people who have to leave their countries like you have.”