Prince of Wales to meet Ukrainian refugees in Poland after visit to military base

The Prince of Wales will speak to the Ukrainian refugees and pay tribute to the ‘inspiring humanity’ of the Polish people who have helped them.

William, on the second day of his surprise trip to Poland, will visit the Hala Koszyki food hall in Warsaw to hear from those who left Ukraine after last year’s invasion of Russia.

The prince will also meet Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, echoing the visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who did the same in 1996.

William has said the two-day trip will allow him to personally thank the troops and “underline” his support and gratitude to the Polish people who have helped Ukrainian refugees.

Landing in Warsaw on Wednesday, the prince said: “It’s great to be back in Poland.

“Our nations have strong ties. 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.

“I am here because I want to personally thank the Polish and British troops who are working in close and crucial partnership.

“I also want to pay tribute to the inspiring humanity of the Polish people. You have opened your hearts as well as your homes.

“That is why I visited Rzeszow this afternoon to meet the troops there to hear their stories and acknowledge their duty.

“I was impressed by their passion and their shared determination to defend our shared freedoms.”

It came after he thanked British troops about an hour’s drive from the Ukrainian border for “standing up for our freedoms” by “monitoring” the situation in Ukraine.

The Prince of Wales meets soldiers in Rzeszow
The Prince of Wales meets soldiers in Rzeszow (Yui Mok/PA)

After arriving at the defense military base in the southeastern Polish city of Rzeszow on Wednesday afternoon, the prince, dressed casually in a black jacket and pants, was shown a missile launcher.

Turning to the soldiers, he said: “I just wanted to come here in person to thank you for all you’re doing, keeping everyone safe here and keeping an eye on what’s going on.

“So, just a big thank you for what you do every day.”

He added: “You are doing a very important job here and defending our freedoms is very important, and everyone at home is fully behind you.”

The base, made up of a coalition of British, Polish and American troops, is helping to support Ukraine.

It is his first trip to Poland since he visited in 2017 with his wife, the Princess of Wales.


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