The Princess of Wales wears classic polka dot dress to visit Ukrainian Community Centre

kate middleton lk bennett dress
Princess of Wales visits Ukrainian CentreWPA Pool

The Princess of Wales is well known for her charity work involving children and families. She has dedicated over a decade to raising awareness of the importance of early childhood development, and last year even launched her own early years centre.

So, it's no surprise that she recently visited the Ukrainian Community Centre in Reading which has pivoted to help displaced Ukrainian families.

During her visit to the centre, which is part of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), the princess met families and volunteers. Here she heard how the centre has adapted its services lately, and is supporting families and helping them settle in the Berkshire area, after fleeing their home country following the Russian invasion.

The centre runs educational classes for the children to help with learning and socialising, as well as running coffee mornings for adults to provide support for other areas including housing and finding employment.

reading, england   november 17  catherine, princess of wales visits the reading ukrainian community centre on november 17, 2022 in reading, england photo by paul edwards   wpa poolgetty images
WPA Pool

Upon her arrival, Kate was presented with a traditional Ukrainian bread. She also heard personal stories from the families, and how the centre is proving a lifeline to them.

Later, Kate met Galina Bolebrukh, who explained what life had been like in Ukraine since the invasion, where she sheltered from Russian bombs with her three-year-old son and only escaped with a few possessions, leaving her husband behind.

According to the BBC, while hearing similar stories from other women, Kate 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."

reading, england   november 17  catherine, princess of wales poses for a picture taken with zlata yeromenko, aged 5, as she visits the reading ukrainian community centre on november 17, 2022 in reading, england photo by paul edwards   wpa poolgetty images
WPA Pool

Kate later sat down with children on her lap as she participated in their art session, which are provided for children not only to have fun, but to be able to express themselves creatively, as well as making friends.

Afterwards, five year old Zlata Yeromenko gave Kate a painting she made which read: "Kate I love you".

For her visit, the princess wore a classic navy and yellow polka dot shirt dress from LK Bennett, which is a subtle nod to the colours of the Ukrainian flag. The popular chic dress was also worn by Holly Willoughby earlier this month while hosting This Morning.

Kate paired the dress with another wardrobe staple, a camel wool coat and navy suede court shoes. To finish the look, she wore chic pearl drop earrings and accessorised it with a black quilted clutch.

reading, england   november 17  catherine, princess of wales visits the reading ukrainian community centre on november 17, 2022 in reading, england photo by paul edwards   wpa poolgetty images
WPA Pool

The dress is still available from LK Bennett's website and it's recently been discounted from £279 to £223. At the time of writing, it's only available in sizes 10 and 12.

In true form once much-loved style icons are seen wearing such chic dresses, such as Holly and Kate, they tend to sell out quickly.

The dress can be found at high street retailer favourite department store, John Lewis and Fenwicks too in a better range of sizes. Better yet, the midi dress is also discounted at Fenwicks too.

You Might Also Like