Cosy Kate! Princess of Wales dons a grey knitted vest to visit a community hub supporting Ukrainian refugees

The Princess of Wales looked ready for autumn in a white shirt and sweater vest combo as she arrived at a community centre in Bracknell this morning.

Kate, 41, opted for a grey ensemble of a sweater vest and trousers, layered over a white shirt with a collar, to attend the Vsi Razom Community Hub which has been supporting Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the UK over the last year.

Her visit marks the hub’s first anniversary after it was set up in October 2022 by two women from Bracknell who wanted to help Ukrainians who were resettling in the UK.

‘Vsi Razom’ means ‘all together’ in Ukrainian, which gives an insight into the ethos of the hub and its desire to work together to help others.

As part of her visit, the mother-of-three is taking part in helping with the day-to-day activities at the hub – which include packing donations of essential items into aid packages that will be sent back to Ukraine.

The Princess of Wales looked smart in knitwear as she visited the Vsi Razom Community Hub, in the Lexicon Shopping Centre, Bracknell, this morning

The packages include things like non-perishable food and clothing.

She is also hearing from Ukrainian refugees who have settled in Bracknell Forest in the last year, and who have been helped by the charity, to learn about their stories of displacement since Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded.

Elsewhere, Kate is meeting with volunteers for the service, who are working hard every day to provide support and entertainment for the people using the hub – including arts and crafts sessions for local children. 

The hub also employs a psychologist who works with Ukrainian refugees to provide mental health support as they integrate in the UK.

The Princess, 41, wore her thick brunette locks in loose curls and opted for her signature pearled hoops

The Princess, 41, wore her thick brunette locks in loose curls and opted for her signature pearled hoops 

With mental health awareness and support a huge passion of the Waleses, Kate is meeting the psychologist to discuss how the support is being provided.

Since the conflict in Ukraine began, The Prince and Princess of Wales have carried out a number of visits to highlight the plight of people in Ukraine and the generous support that communities and organisations across the UK have offered in response.

 In addition, last November, The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales convened a virtual roundtable meeting to provide advice and share best practice to help support the First Lady of Ukraine’s mental health strategy, which is addressing the impact the ongoing conflict is having upon the mental wellbeing of Ukrainians. 

Today’s visit to the hub is a solo trip for Kate, after she and William travelled to Cardiff on Tuesday to meet with Windrush elders in a celebration of Black History month.

The visit marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush on UK shores, and the Prince and Princess met with members of a community group in the Welsh capital to hear about how the Windrush generation shaped society. 

During the visit, the competitive couple each picked team members to go head-to-head in a doubles game of table tennis.

Upon arrival at the Grange Pavilion in Grangetown suburb of the Welsh capital the royal couple met schoolchildren who were keen to meet a real-life Prince and Princess.

Their royal highnesses shook hands with the young royal fans, while also giving some pupils a little fist-bump or a high five.

As they said hello to the young fans, who were waving flags from Wales and other nations around the world, Prince William seemed mesmerised by a young pupil’s headband which featured two pink pom poms.