On Thursday, Kate, the Princess of Wales stepped out to visit the Reading Ukrainian Community Centre where she met displaced Ukrainian families and heard about the support the Centre is providing to those arriving in the UK due to the conflict there.
Kate looked flawless in smart camel Max&Co coat and a polka-dot LK Bennett dress as she arrived at the centre this morning, which is in the town where she was born. The sophisticated dress featured yellow dots in a subtle nod to the Ukrainian flag.
Upon her arrival, the Princess was presented with a traditional Ukrainian cake. During her visit today, she will learn about the extraordinary efforts the centre has made to support Ukrainians who have fled to the UK since the Russian invasion.
Their work includes educational classes for children as well as providing support with employment and housing.
Kate was also photographed as she chatted with families supported by the centre, hearing their stories and how they benefited from the centre. Later she will be joined by children taking part in an art session. The monthly classes provide a safe space for children to have fun, build friendships and express their emotions and experiences through a creative outlet.
The centre is home to the Berkshire branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the largest representative body for Ukrainians and those of Ukrainian descent in the UK. The centre has adapted and has been helping Ukrainians arriving in the UK since the start of the invasion.
Kate’s touching visit comes after she joined members of the royal family for the National Service of Remembrance, which is held every year at the Cenotaph in London. Kate stood alongside Queen Consort Camilla at Whitehall in Westminster to watch King Charles III and Prince William, lay poppy wreaths at the Cenotaph.