Back to business! Prince William and Kate host first event at Buckingham Palace in six months

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Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his wife, Olena, at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton welcome the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his wife, Olena, at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The two welcomed the president of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his wife, Olena, who arrived in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

“The president of Ukraine and Mrs Zelensky called upon the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace,” the palace said in a statement.

The couple released an image of their meeting in the Throne Room on their official Instagram account, Kensington Royal. Kate looked elegant as always in a cornflower blue belted dress while Willian was smart in a suit and tie.

President Zelensky, a former comedian, is in London as part of a two-day visit to sign the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement with UK prime minister Boris Johnson.

While no one wore masks, the two couples did adhere to social distancing rules and did not shake hands.

In June both Olena (42) and their seven-year-old son, Kyrylo, tested positive for Covid-19. They were hospitalised in July and made a full recovery.

(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his wife, Olena, arrive at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“No one is afraid of it until it reaches your family,” the president, who also has a 16-year-old daughter, Aleksandra, said at the time. “I will speak plainly - this coronavirus is a real plague. There is no other word for it. My wife was affected, and so was my son.”

The visit underlines once again just how William and Kate’s working royal roles are increasing as they carry out more and more engagements on Her Majesty’s behalf, particularly during the pandemic.

It also marks the first time an audience has been hosted at the palace since the monarch left for Windsor Castle in mid-March due to isolate during the pandemic.

(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his wife, Olena, in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, the royal family announced there wouldn’t be large events held at either Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace throughout the rest of the year – and that the queen would instead hold small engagements at both.

Sources: people.com, townandcountrymag.com, dailymail.co.uk

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