The Princess of Wales has sent a message of support to Ukraine along with a parcel filled with food, clothes and toiletries.
She wrote “we are all thinking of you” as she left her handprint on a picture – which made reference to the first anniversary of the Russian invasion, that took place in February 2022.
She has attended a number of events in support of the people of Ukraine and their struggle against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Her tour of the Vsi Razom – Ukrainian for all together – Community Hub saw her make a Ukrainian ribbon brooch, help a little girl complete some artwork and chat to a Ukrainian psychologist who provides support to her fellow countrymen and women.
The princess’s visit coincided with the one-year anniversary of the hub, founded by Natalia Vil, originally from Estonia but a UK resident for 25 years – who is married to a Ukrainian, and Ashleigh Toomey from the UK.
Kate asked “is there a technique?” as she began filling her box at the centre in the Lexicon shopping complex, Bracknell, Berkshire with a group of young Ukrainians, before she was advised to put the heaviest objects at the bottom.
When told many Ukrainians have volunteered to help out in the centre, she said: “It must feel good for them to be able to do something for the people back home.”
The princess was invited to add her handprint to a painting of a tree that marked the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine after putting a disposable glove on her right hand.
Later, after trying to tie a bow to make a Ukrainian ribbon brooch, in the national colours of the country, she looked at her effort and quipped: “I’m not sure you’re going to be able to sell this one”.
The princess also stopped to chat with many of the children who were enjoying an art class at the hub, helping one complete a collage of paper flowers.
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