Kate Middleton Elevates a Business Casual Staple to Meet Aid Workers with Prince William

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supporting those who are providing relief to families in Ukraine.

On Thursday, Prince William and Duchess Kate met with aid workers from the Disasters Emergency Committee at their London office after the organization raised over £300 million for the Ukrainian humanitarian response.

There, they met with Saleh Saeed, the DEC’s chief executive, aid workers who have recently returned from Ukraine and neighboring countries, and—through a video call—other staff members still on the ground.

For the visit, Kate wore a beige top and an oat-colored double-breasted blazer from British label Reiss, which she paired with black crepe trousers from L.K. Bennett and black Gianvito Rossi pumps. She accessorized with citrine drop earrings from Kiki McDonough and a blue-and-yellow pin (the colors of the Ukrainian flag) adorned to her lapel.

Meanwhile, William, who also donned the same pin, wore a dark blue blazer over a light-blue button-up.

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On a video call to Kyiv, Rachael Cummings of Save the Children in Ukraine explained the significance of the fundings for their work.

“What the DEC funds have meant is that we’ve been able to significantly scale up our existing work in the country,” she told the royals. “We’re building our response to providing mobile health units, trauma kits, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, nutrition support and safe drinking water to respond to this crisis. We’re particularly concerned about the devastating effect on children and these funds mean that we can ensure that children receive high quality care and support now, and in the months ahead.”

Vanessa Maynard, the programmes and operations officer for Christian Aid, also elaborated on the money’s use for refugees. “I’ve just returned from Hungary where with DEC funds we’ve been responding rapidly through our existing network of local partners,” she said. “We’re helping integrate refugees into the communities by supporting them with group cash so they can decide for themselves how best to address their specific needs like buying nappies, paying rent for the lodgings in host communities, or even pet food as many have fled with their animals as they couldn’t bear to leave without them.”

The fundraising efforts—which saw donations pour in from individuals, companies, schools and arts organizations—are still ongoing. The £300 million total additionally includes a £25 million of match funding from the U.K. government.

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