Prince Charles and Camilla Visit Ukrainian Community in London
Prince Charles and Camilla took five charity leaders to a Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in London to help with the relief efforts for the people of Ukraine.
During the outing, a teary Camilla comforted a diplomat’s wife, after Charles gave an unscripted speech praising Ukraine’s courage in standing up for their future.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Speak to Ukrainians in London
As the royal couple arrived at the site, they were greeted by Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.K. Vadym Prystaiko, and his wife, Inna Prystaiko, at the site near Bond Street.
Prince Charles gave a speech at the event, praising the people of Ukraine for “their extraordinary bravery, generosity and fortitude”. He also extended his “thoughts and prayers” to Ukraine and its people, “however inadequate they may be”.
Camilla broke royal protocol to comfort the ambassador’s wife Mrs. Prystaiko, telling her: “We are praying for you.”
Inside the Cathedral, the royal couple had the honor of meeting children from the associated Ukrainian school in Holland Park, London. They received a traditional offering of bread and salt.
In a small community room, the future King and Queen greeted a group of Ukrainian school children, their mothers and leaders within the Ukrainian community. They also chatted with faith communities, volunteers helping the humanitarian effort, and leaders of Prince Charles’ charities to find the best way to support the people of Ukraine in the crisis.
This is coming a day after Prince Charles clearly showed his support for the people of Ukraine in a rare political statement. He also rebuked Russia’s attack on Ukraine, calling it a challenge to “democracy” and blasting Putin for choosing the “path of violence”.
Charles, 74, also exchanged a few quiet words with bishop Kenneth Nowakowski during the visit.
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