The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed their unwavering support for Ukraine as they visited the headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in London. Kate and Prince William’s visit, which took place on the day the Queen is turning 96, put the spotlight once again on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as they discussed the special appeal launched by the Committee last month to support those affected by the conflict raging in the easter European country.
The war started on February 24 following the invasion of the country by Russian troops ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
For this visit, Prince William donned a smart casual outfit with a pair of black trousers, pale blue shirt and a jacket.
Kate dazzled in a pair of black trousers and a white shirt and completed her look with a pair of black heels and a beige jacket.
While at the centre, the Duke and Duchess had the chance to speak with aid workers who recently returned from Ukraine, where they helped provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance to those affected by the war.
Kate and William looked sombre as they also got in touch, via video call, with people currently on the ground in Ukraine.
Together, they discussed how the donations made to the appeal are providing help.
But they also learned more about the human impact of the conflict, the destruction and bereavement it is creating.
Their conversations with experts on the field also touched on how the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine threaten to exacerbate already existing humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world.
More than 11 million people have so far fled their homes and escaped either abroad or elsewhere in Ukraine to find refuge from the war.
The DEC appeal has raised more than £280 million over the past few weeks.
Among the people who donated to this appeal, there has also been the Queen, as the Committee itself revealed last month.
Today’s engagement by Kate and William comes after they met in March DEC CEO Saleh Saeed, who joined them during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London.
In February, the Duke and Duchess also expressed their support to Ukraine in the light of the aggression it is enduring by sharing a statement in which they recalled their meeting with Volodymyr and Olena Zelensky at Buckingham Palace in 2020.
The Cambridges aren’t the only members of the Royal Family to have lended their support to Ukraine.
Prince Charles has condemned on multiple occasions Putin’s invasion, branding it a “brutal aggression”.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have also spoken out about the conflict.
First, they issued a brief statement via their organisation’s website – Archewell – which read: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”
In mid-March, their non-profit foundation made donations to a number of organizations working on the ground to support the people of Ukraine.
And throughout the Invictus Games, currently taking place at The Hague, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made sure to put the spotlight on the Ukrainian team, which includes service personnel who have taken active part in the conflict.
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