The Reading Ukrainian Community Centre houses the Berkshire branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), the largest representative body for Ukrainians and those of Ukrainian descent in the UK.
Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, the Community Centre has worked hard to provide kids with educational classes. Beyond this, the centre runs weekly coffee mornings to provide the Ukrainian community with practical advice and support surrounding employment and housing.
Kate looked gorgeous in a chic navy polka dot dress from highstreets favourite, LK Bennett. The sophisticated dress featured yellow dots in a subtle nod to the Ukrainian flag. She layered with a sleek camel coat and opted for a pair of suede court shoes.
As for accessories, the royal elevated her smart getup with a pair of timeless pearl drop earrings and a quilted black leather clutch.
Upon arrival, the Princess of Wales was presented with a traditional Ukrainian cake.
During her visit, the mother-of-three met with volunteers to learn more about how they have adapted their services in recent months. Kate later met with a handful of families to hear their personal stories and how they’ve benefited from the Centre.
At one point, Kate sat down with a Ukrainian woman to discuss her harrowing experience of fleeing Ukraine. Responding to her story, the royal said: “It’s still all going on and you have loved ones and family in Ukraine they still see the horrors of war every day… I am so impressed at your bravery and resilience I am overwhelmed by how strong you all are.”
Galina Bolebrukh, meanwhile, wept as she told Kate her experience of sheltering from Putin’s bombs with her three-year-old son and her mother. Moved by her story, Kate replied: “It’s understandable, everything you have experienced.”
Later in the morning, Princess Kate participated in a kid’s 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.
Five-year-old Zlata Yeromenko handed over a painting that read ‘Kate I Love You’.
Kate’s touching visit comes after she joined members of the royal family to mark Remembrance weekend. On Saturday, the 40-year-old attended the Festival of Remembrance wearing a 50s-inspired blazer dress from one of her go-to London-based labels, Self-Portrait.