The Princess of Wales had a message for the people of Ukraine as she joined a relief effort today: ‘We are thinking of you.’Kate, 41, wrote a thoughtful message on an aid box of food and toiletries on a visit to a community hub sending aid to Kyiv.
The royal also helped women and children making patriotic ribbons to be sold for the war effort, and added her handprint to a tree of peace originally created to mark the first anniversary of the February 2022 Russian invasion.
While most of her family are still in Ukraine her daughter, Liza, eight, was there to meet the Princess.
Kate talked to her about music and told her how the sound of Princess Charlotte singing a hymn had brightened up her morning.
‘I heard my daughter singing this morning and it’s a song called Shine Jesus Shine and it made me very happy this morning,’ she said.
Liza said she knew it from Ukraine. ‘Do you know that song? Does it have the same tune? I heard that this morning and it made me very happy this morning,’ the princess asked, adding: ‘I’m going to look up that song in Ukrainian.’
Rocking a fashion forward £120 grey sweater vest from Samantha Cameron’s clothing line, Cefinn, and £130 Sezane trousers, the future Queen went to Vsi Razom Ukrainian community hub at a shopping centre in Bracknell, Berkshire, surprising shoppers when she appeared in the mall for a previously unannounced visit.
She told the British and Ukrainian volunteers and refugees helping out at the hub in the Lexicon shopping centre: ‘Thank you. Please keep up the amazing work you are doing. It’s great to see the work that’s going on.’
Her office contacted the founders of Vsi Razom, which means All Together in Ukrainian, to ask if she could come and see the work they were doing.
‘I thought it was someone joking,’ said Natalia Vil, who co-founded the hub with Ashleigh Toomey to help people back in Ukraine.
Natalia, 40, who is Estonian, is married to a Ukrainian and the couple came to Britain 25 years ago, settling in Bracknell.
When the war broke out they began collecting aid for the people resisting the invasion and Ashleigh, 39, who is British and has no connection with Ukraine, offered to help. Since then they have sent six lorries and countless cars and vans full of aid.
The Prince and her husband, Prince William, as well as other senior royals, have been vocal supporters of Ukraine’s resistance to Russian aggression and of the international relief effort to help victims of the war.