Prince William is undertaking a high-profile trip to Poland this week. On Wednesday, he met Ukrainian refugees as well as members of the British and Polish military forces supporting Ukraine.
Prince William visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw
The heir to the throne echoed his grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who in 1996 visited the site and also laid a wreath to pay tribute to the fallen.
During the poignant visit to Pilsudski Square, a monument dedicated to Polish soldiers who have lost their lives in conflict, the Prince of Wales also signed the book of condolence.
After the tribute, the royal headed to the Polish presidential palace, where he held a meeting with the country’s president Andrzej Duda.
Prince William met President Duda this morning
Prince William mentioned the upcoming Coronation during his meeting with President Duda
Prince William paid tribute to the fallen
A spokesman for William said afterwards: “The conversation was warm and friendly, and predominately focused on the ongoing conflict with the war in Ukraine, particularly its impact on Polish society.
“The Prince of Wales took the opportunity to thank the President and the Polish people who have done so much to support the people of Ukraine who’ve fled here. They discussed the importance of the need for ongoing support to Ukraine and its people.”
During the private audience, William also mentioned the upcoming Coronation of King Charles, the spokesman added.
He said: “The prince said he was very much looking forward to seeing the President and First Lady at the Coronation. He also thanked him for attending the late Queen’s funeral.”
William followed in the Queen and Prince Philip’s footsteps, who also visited the Tomb in 1996
Prince William visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this morning
Prince William is the heir to the throne
The royal met army members in Rzeszow, a city of 200,000 people in southeastern Poland that has become a hub for shipments of military and humanitarian aid bound for Ukraine.
He told them: “I just wanted to come here in person to say thank you for all that you’re doing, keeping everyone safe out here and keeping an eye on what’s going on.
“You’re doing a really important job out here and defending our freedoms is really important, and everyone back home thoroughly supports you.”
The Tomb is dedicated to Polish soldiers who lost their lives in conflict
The wreath laid bore the symbol of the Prince of Wales
The area, located only 40 miles away from the Ukrainian border, is a key transit point for refugees escaping their war-ravaged country.
After heading to the Polish capital, the prince visited a centre that houses some 300 recent arrivals from Ukraine.
William heard the stories of the refugees and played table tennis with some of the children present.
He also paid tribute to the “inspiring humanity of the Polish people” for opening their hearts and homes to the plight of Ukrainians.
Prince William played table tennis with children during a visit to a shelter on Wednesday
“Through our cooperation in support of the people of Ukraine and their freedom, which are also our freedoms and yours, these ties are further strengthened.”
Later today, the royal is scheduled to meet with President Andrzej Duda and to talk with young Ukrainians who are working and studying in Poland.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK