The Princess of Wales today visited the Ukrainian Community Center in Reading, about 45 minutes northwest of Windsor Castle.
He was given a traditional Ukrainian welcome of bread and salt.
The center is part of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, an organization founded in 1946 by Ukrainians who emigrated at the end of World War II. The group has been helping Ukrainians arriving in the UK since Russia invaded the country in February. More about today’s visit from Daily Mail’s coverage.
During her visit, Kate heard from volunteers at the center how they have adapted their services in recent months and how it has helped displaced families settle in the UK.
Her visit comes today as it was revealed that The Prince and Princess of Wales’ Royal Foundation convened a roundtable last week to support the First Lady’s mental health strategy, which was announced in August to tackle the impact the ongoing conflict is having on mental health. Well being of Ukrainians.
Here’s additional information from Victoria Murphy on support for First Lady Olena Zelenska’s mental health initiative City and country pieces.
Areas discussed at the roundtable, which brought together experts from across the UK as well as representatives from Ukraine, included reducing the stigma around mental health challenges and how strategies could learn from how specific groups such as children and the elderly were helped.
Below, the Princess and Mrs Zelenska just before a reception hosted by King Charles the night before HM’s funeral at Buckingham Palace.
Today the Princess spoke to volunteers and families displaced by the war. from The Evening Standard the story
Galina Bolebrukh, 39, who came to the UK with her mother Irene and three-year-old son Renat, told the princess how she fled Ukraine with her family and a few clothes.
Kate put her hands and her own heart and said “I wish we could have done more” and later told the mother, whose husband is in Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion: “Everything you feel is understandable.”
Rebecca English shared a video of the princess talking to Mrs Bollebrook
She apologized as she wiped away a tear, and Kate replied: “What you’ve been through is understandable.”
The princess touched her heart and said: “I wish we could do more. pic.twitter.com/qUQ8p2iwXy
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 17, 2022
The situation in Ukraine remains dangerous as Russia continues to launch missile and drone strikes across the country. Below, an image from Independence Square in Kiev today; The Ukrainian flag symbolizes the Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war.
This was the scene in Kherson yesterday as people received supplies of food and medical supplies from a volunteer aid truck. Ukrainian forces captured Kherson last week.
Below, a woman in Bucha mourns during the funeral of a Ukrainian worker yesterday.
Back to today’s engagement, here you have the princess attending an art class.
Stephanie Petit has more in her people story.
Combining her interest in both art and youth wellbeing, Kate joined children participating in an art session. Delivered on a monthly basis, the workshops provide a way for children to have fun, build friendships and express their passions and experiences through a creative outlet.
A quick video.
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) November 17, 2022
Below, five-year-old Zlata Yermenko sits on the princess’s lap.
The little girl made a picture for the princess that said, “Kate, I love you,” according to engagement reporters.
Valentine Lowe has more in her article about the princess conversation today The Times.
He sympathized with a group of women, telling them: “It’s still going on and you have loved ones and families in Ukraine, they still see the horrors of war every day.”
Afterwards Bollebruch, who left Ukraine in February and arrived in Reading in May, said: “I told him how horrible and difficult it was. We had to make a decision very quickly. We left with just some shirts and trousers.
“He was very easy to talk to, he had a big heart. He tried to make me feel better and said that everything is fine and that we can get a job and live here because we can’t go back to Ukraine.”
Princess chats with another group on today’s tour.
Just before she left the center, a young man presented the princess with a beautiful posy.
After the visit, Kensington Palace posted that it “…It is fantastic that the Royal Foundation has been able to support First Lady Olena Zalenskaits mental health strategy in recent weeks and will continue to do so going forward.” An engagement video was also posted.
Reading Ukrainian Community Center’s inspiring work is endless, and it’s changing lives!
Providing practical advice on employment and housing, providing educational classes for children and building social connections, the center is the heart of the community. pic.twitter.com/tn1Vrk846L
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) November 17, 2022
Now we turn to see what Kate wore for today’s engagement.
We start with British retailer LK Bennett’s Navy and Yellow Spot Print Pleated Shirt Dress ($500).
The dress has a navy and yellow print, a nod to the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Made of 100% polyester, the midi-length dress comes with a slip and features a classic shirtwaist silhouette with a button-front, fitted waist defined by Petersham ribbon, pleated skirt, softly rounded collar and sheer sleeves. thank you nameless And Curly in Kate Middleton style For this id.
The dress is available to buy at LK Bennett; It is also available through the LK Bennett Borrow Program, the brand’s apparel rental service You can also find Talis at Fenwick (£279, about $330 at today’s exchange rate), John Lewis (£279), and Brown Thomas (€420, about $495).
The style has also been worn by ITV presenter Holly Willoughby, seen by Ms Willoughby in an Instagram post this November.
We’ve also seen the return of Max & Company’s Wool Long Run Coat (£439, about $490 at today’s exchange rate) which was first mentioned when worn in early November.
The princess accessorized with her Jaeger ‘Kate’ handbag, a quilted leather style with goldtone hardware and chain.
She wore a pair of navy pumps that could have been her Rupert Sanderson style. I haven’t seen clear enough pictures to be sure.
The princess wore her Kiki McDonough diamond hoops (£600, about $682 at today’s exchange rate) and Annoushka Drops ($480).
Also today, we have details on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ involvement in next week’s state visit to welcome King Charles and Queen Consort President Ramaphosa and South African First Lady Shepo Motsepe. It is the first state visit since before the pandemic and the first hosted by King Charles. We know we’ll see the Prince and Princess at two events associated with the tour.
- Tuesday, November 22: On behalf of the King, the Prince and Princess of Wales will receive President Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa at his London hotel and accompany him on Horse Guard Parade for a formal welcome. Afterwards, the President will join the King and Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales for a carriage procession from the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
- Tuesday, November 22: In the evening the King, along with the Queen Consort and members of the royal family, will host a state banquet for the President at Buckingham Palace; The Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to attend the dinner.
Here’s what we can expect for Tuesday’s welcome, from October 2014, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the President of Singapore and his wife Mrs Tony Tan Keng Yam to the UK.
A picture of the 2014 Carriage Ride
For anyone wondering about Tuesday night’s dinner, it will be an all-white-tie event, meaning we can expect tiaras and other statement jewelry, as well as royal orders. I got a sneak peek at the state dinner ensembles worn by the princesses, starting with the June 2019 United States banquet, when the Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alexander McQueen gown and Lover’s Knot tiara.
It was another Alexander McQueen gown and Lover’s Knot tiara for the Netherlands State Dinner in October 2018.
At a state dinner in Spain in July 2017, the Duchess wore a Marchesa gown and lover’s knot tiara.
The Duchess chose a bespoke Jenny Packham gown and lotus flower tiara for the China State Dinner in October 2015.
A site update: The missing September posts, including those covering the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, have finally returned to the site. After six weeks of extremely challenging conditions for all of you, as well as myself and the consort, we are 99% back to normal.
There were a few hiccups along the way, including some comments disappearing, but almost everything should stay on the site.
The Royal Family Channel offers over 3:30 of coverage from today’s visit in this video.
this Daily message The video is only one minute long.