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Royal couple visits Ukrainian church in Canada as hundreds more surrender in Mariupol

OTTAWA (CU)_The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on a three-day tour in Canada to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year. On the second day of their visit, the couple visited the National War Memorial in Ottawa, to honour Canada’s war dead. They stood motionless as a bugler played the last post, which was followed by the observation of silence.

Later in the day, Prince Charles and his wife visited a Ukrainian cathedral in Canada’s capital city and spoke with members of the local Ukrainian community in Canada. They visited the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, where they observed a service, lit candles and recited a prayer. The priest who conducted the service told the senior royals Ukrainians would “never forget” the support extended to them by the British officials, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Royal Family.

Subsequently, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met with members of the Ukrainian community in Canada and discussed their efforts to support their homeland amid Russia’s growing aggression. Canada is reportedly home to 1.4 million people of Ukrainian descent, one of the world’s largest Ukrainian communities.

During the remainder of the Canada tour, the royal couple is expected to meet with people who are being supported by the 30 Birds Foundation, which is dedicated to safeguarding a group of 450 Afghans, predominantly schoolgirls, who were evacuated from Taliban-controlled nation. They are also scheduled to join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s governor general Mary Simon at a reception in Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Queen in Canada. The Prince and the Duchess kicked off their royal tour by meeting indigenous people, and acknowledging the atrocities committed against them and the abuse they suffered at residential schools in Canada.

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