The Princess of Wales was wearing a headscarf as she joined Prince William to meet volunteers who had raised funds to help communities in Turkey and Syria this morning.
Kate Middleton, 41, appeared in high spirits as she arrived at the Hayes Muslim Center alongside the Prince today, wearing a smart gray coat for the occasion.
Meanwhile, she wore a black and white headscarf, which is from Pakistani brand Élan and was part of an ensemble the mother-of-three wore when she visited the country in 2019.
During the visit, the couple will meet representatives of the center who, through bucket drives and other donations after prayers, have raised more than £25,000 for the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Campaign, including more than £17,000. collected on the first day.
Later, the couple will also meet aid workers who have recently returned from the crisis zone in Turkey.
The Princess of Wales looked stylish in a headscarf as she joined Prince William to meet volunteers who had raised funds to help communities in Turkey and Syria this morning.
The royal mother of three walked leisurely with Prince William as they arrived at the Hayes Muslim Center today.
The princess opted for a headscarf with black and white details when she arrived at the Muslim center today.
The piece, which was made by Pakistani brand Élan, is believed to have been part of an ensemble worn by the then-Duchess of Cambridge when she visited the country in 2019.
When she left Lahore, she was wearing a white Élan tunic, which featured pretty black detailing, over a pair of white trousers.
The white tunic featured pretty black floral embroidery over the bodice, sleeves, and hem.
While Kate did not wear the scarf with her outfit at the time, it is believed that she likely had the veil as part of the ensemble.
The royal mother of three kept the rest of her outfit modest for today’s occasion, donning a gray wool coat with gray tights.
She was carrying her black Grace Han bag, which she has used in several different engagements.
Today, Kate and William will meet with representatives from DEC member charities including Save The Children, Islamic Relief, Action Against Hunger, Age International and the British Red Cross.
The charities will share the latest on the situation on the ground and the impact that incoming aid is having on communities across the region.
Finally, the couple will meet with other communities that have made considerable efforts to raise funds as part of the campaign.
This will include the Turkish Women’s Association, a Richmond-based organization, which partnered with several Richmond schools to raise over £10,000 for the appeal with an event at St Stephen’s Church Primary School in late February.
Stalls included Turkish coffee, homemade cakes and origami cranes led by pupils from Waldebridge School, which is a symbol of hope and healing in difficult times.
In the early hours of Monday, February 6, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit southern Turkey and northwestern Syria, killing more than 50,000 people and causing colossal damage to homes, infrastructure, schools and hospitals.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless and need help.
In response, the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) launched the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal, which is helping provide life-saving aid to people in the hardest-hit areas, including medical treatment, shelter, food and water. potable.
The appeal has now reached over £100 million thanks to the generosity of the UK public.
In February, the Prince and Princess of Wales made a personal donation to the UK’s Turkey and Syria earthquake relief fund.
In a tweet signed by William and Catherine, the couple said: “We have been horrified to see the heartbreaking images coming out of Turkey and Syria following the earthquakes this week.”
“Our thoughts are with the affected communities and we are pleased to support the DEC campaign which will aid the response on the ground.”
Palace sources confirmed that the couple had made a personal donation to help with the rescue efforts, but it is unknown how much this donation was.
The Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC) separately thanked King Carlos III and the Queen Consort for their ‘generous donation’, which they said would help provide medical assistance, food, blankets and other urgent aid to survivors.
The visit comes in the middle of a busy week for Kate, who visited the snowy Salisbury Plain training area yesterday to take part in a training exercise with the Irish Guards.
Dressed in military uniform, boots, gloves and a wool cap, the princess was almost unrecognizable as she dressed in camouflage gear for the engagement.
With her hair pulled back in a sensible braid, Kate managed to look stylish in camouflage when caught up in a battlefield casualty drill during her first official service as a new Colonel in the Irish Guards.
Crouching in the snow, she held the soldier’s leg as she was shown how to bandage the wound and monitor the victim’s vital signs during basic battlefield first aid training.
As she placed a tourniquet, used to stop profuse bleeding, on her calf, the princess apologized, saying: “This is the first time I’ve ever done this.”
Today’s visit comes as the couple’s nephew Archie and niece Lilibet have been officially recognized as prince and princess by the King.
The children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have updated their line of succession titles on the Royal Family website, where they remain sixth and seventh in line to the throne.
Until 9:30am this morning, the children had been referred to simply as “teachers” and “ladies” on the Buckingham Palace website. They are now ‘Prince Archie of Sussex’ and ‘Princess Lilibet of Sussex’.
It came shortly after their California-based parents declared that Archie and Lilibet have the “birthright” to be called prince and princess in a new statement defending the decision.
The duke and duchess also insisted the matter had been “settled for some time” with King Charles, despite the couple revealing it yesterday.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: “Children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch. This matter has been resolved for some time in line with Buckingham Palace.
The King is said to have told Prince Harry that his children would be allowed to be called prince and princess in a ‘private conversation’ after the Queen’s funeral last year.
But their 21-month-old daughter Lilibet saw her royal title ‘Princess’ used formally for the first time yesterday when the couple told the world she had been christened in California without Charles, Camilla, William and Kate present.