King Charles meets Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in ‘truly special’ audience
King Charles held a "truly special" audience with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Buckingham Palace today, Wednesday.
Mr Zelenskyy was dressed in his trademark khaki green military fatigues as he was welcomed to the royal residence on Wednesday afternoon.
Charles greeted the president with a wide smile and a warm handshake in the Palace’s 1844 Room, wearing a classic navy suit.
The pair discussed the conflict in Ukraine and the part Britain has played in supporting the nation, Buckingham Palace said.
In the opulent room, Mr Zelensky told Charles that it was “a great honour to be here”, adding: “Thank you for finding the time for me.”
Charles said: “We’ve all been worried about you and thinking about your country for so long, I can’t tell you.”
Mr Zelensky replied: “Thank you so much.”
As he arrived at the Palace, President Zelenskyy was driven through the gate and across the forecourt into the quadrangle.
Earlier today, Zelenskyy referred to his meeting with King Charles by saying it "will be a truly special moment for me."
The president told a packed Westminster Hall in an impassioned speech: “Today I will have the honour to be received by His Majesty the King.
“It will be a truly special moment for me, for our country.
“In particular because I will convey to him from all the Ukrainians the words of gratitude for the support His Majesty showed to them when he was still the Prince of Wales.
“I also intend to tell him something I think that is very, very, very important, not only for the future of Ukraine but for the future of Europe.
“In Britain, the King is an air force pilot and in Ukraine today, every air force pilot is a king.”
He finished with “God bless Great Britain and long live the King.”
Zelenskyy posted a photo of his meeting on his official Instagram, saying: "I had a meeting with King Charles III of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I congratulated him on his recent accession to the throne and wished peace and prosperity to the British people.
"It is an honor for me to be the first President of Ukraine in the history of Ukrainian-British relations to be honored by the British monarch with an audience.
"I am grateful to His Majesty for the warm welcome and for supporting Ukrainian citizens who have taken refuge from the war in the United Kingdom."
The Royal Family Instagram account also posted a photo of the meeting, with the simple caption saying King Charles had met with Zelenskyy.
In the comments section, one person wrote: "So happy to see his Majesty support Ukraine!!!This moment is gonna be a historic moment!!! Long Live the King."
A second penned: "Your Majesty, we Ukrainians appreciate your support."
In May 2022, Charles, then the Prince of Wales, spoke out about the “nightmare situation” in Ukraine during a trip to Romania to meet refugees who have fled the war in their homeland.
Speaking through an interpreter, the prince told a group of Ukrainian families: “We feel for Ukraine, a nightmare situation. Keep praying.”
In March last year, Charles said the values of democracy were under attack in Ukraine in the “most unconscionable way”.
“In the stand we take here, we are in solidarity with all those who are resisting brutal aggression,” he said.
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