Back to business! Kate Middleton is elegant in a blue belted dress as she joins Prince William to welcome Ukraine’s president and First Lady to Buckingham Palace in their first audience since lockdown
- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
- Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first audience at the palace since lockdown
- Mr Zelenskyy has travelled to London with a ministerial delegation
- The Duchess looked typically elegant in a belted blue dress for the meeting
Kate Middleton, 38, looked elegant in a belted blue dress as she joined Prince William, 38, for the meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena in the opulent Throne Room.
The couples observed social distancing and appeared in good spirits during the meeting this morning, the first to take place at Buckingham Palace since March.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held the audience on behalf of the Queen, 94, who is staying at Windsor Castle and carrying out a limited number of engagements.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed the president and first lady of Ukraine to Buckingham Palace in their first audience since the start of lockdown
Mr Zelenskyy has travelled to London with a ministerial delegation on a two-day visit.
He will also sign the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement with Boris Johnson on Thursday.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the agreement is a ‘clear demonstration’ of the UK’s commitment to Ukraine’s prosperity and security.
Mr Raab will meet Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba today to reaffirm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of what the Foreign Office called ‘malign behaviour from Russia’.
The Foreign Secretary will announce £5 million in humanitarian aid to support communities in eastern Ukraine who have been affected by conflict and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The aid will go towards the provision of food, water, medical supplies and psychosocial support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, the Foreign Office said.
Mr Raab said: ‘Ukraine’s stability is vital for Europe’s security. Providing £5 million in humanitarian aid and signing the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement is a clear demonstration of the UK’s commitment to Ukraine’s prosperity and security.’