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Kate Middleton and Prince William greet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Buckingham Palace


Back to business! Kate Middleton is smart in a blue belted dress as she joins Prince William to welcome the Ukrainian President and First Lady into their first audience since their lockdown at Buckingham Palace

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
  • Kate Middleton and Prince Williams first audience at the palace since the lockdown
  • Mr. Zelenskyy traveled to London with a ministerial delegation
  • The Duchess looked typically elegant for the meeting in a blue belted dress

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the President and First Lady of Ukraine today in their first audience since the lockdown began at Buckingham Palace.

Kate Middleton, 38, looked elegant in a blue belted dress as she joined Prince William, 38, to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena in the opulent throne room.

The couples observed social distancing and were in good spirits during today's get-together, the first royal event to be held 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 performing a limited number of engagements.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed the President and First Lady of Ukraine in their first audience since the lockdown began at Buckingham Palace

William and Kate have taken part in a number of engagements since the lockdown restrictions were relaxed – including a visit by Kate Middleton to Derby University yesterday – but this is their first audience with a world leader in seven months.

Mr Zelenskyy traveled 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 Minister Dominic Raab said the deal was a "clear demonstration" of Britain's commitment to Ukraine's prosperity and security.

Mr Raab will meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba today to reaffirm support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of what the Foreign Office calls "Russia's malicious behavior".

The Foreign Minister will announce £ 5 million in humanitarian aid to help communities in eastern Ukraine affected by conflict and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The aid will be used to provide food, water, medical care and psychosocial support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, the Federal Foreign Office said.

Mr. Raab said: “The stability of Ukraine is vital to the security of Europe. The delivery of £ 5 million in humanitarian aid and the signing of the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement is clear evidence of Britain's commitment to the prosperity and security of Ukraine. "

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