The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today visited the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in London where Their Royal Highnesses showed their support for the Ukrainian community.
The Cathedral of the Holy Family is the cathedral of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London. Since the recent conflict, the cathedral has become a rallying point for the British Ukrainian community.
During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, as well as the Ukrainian Ambassador, Vadym Prystaiko, and his wife, Inna Prystaiko.
In a small community room within the Cathedral, Their Royal Highnesses met a group of Ukrainian school children, their mothers, leaders within the Ukrainian community, representatives across faith communities, volunteers helping the humanitarian effort, and leaders of His Royal Highness’s charities working to support the relief effort in Ukraine.
Their Royal Highnesses received a traditional offering of bread and salt and heard songs from the children before meeting guests, many of whom have family and loved ones in Ukraine and are working to support their community.
Before leaving, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall lit candles and laid sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine, at the altar.
Speaking to guests, The Prince said:
Our thoughts and prayers, however inadequate they may be, are with all of you at this most critical of times.