Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Margaret, the Custodian of the Romanian Crown, offer presents to refugees during a visit at a center for refugees fleeing the war in neighboring Ukraine, at the Romexpo convention center, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Alex Micsik/Pool via AP)
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles traveled to Romania’s capital on May 25 to visit refugees, mostly women and children, from Russia’s war in Ukraine who have found safety in the neighboring Eastern European country.
The Prince of Wales visited the Romexpo Donation Centre for Ukrainian refugees in Bucharest. There, he met some of the nearly 1 million Ukrainians who have reached Romania since the war began on Feb. 24, and observed the relief effort being mounted by the government and volunteers.
Speaking to a group of Ukrainians through an interpreter, Charles apologized for his lack of language skills, saying, “I wish my Ukrainian was better.”
“We feel for you greatly, it’s a nightmare situation,” he said. “I’m full of admiration for the Ukrainian people. Total, extraordinary courage and resilience.”
During his visit, Charles received a gift from some of the Ukrainian children at the center: wooden spoons painted in traditional Ukrainian patterns.
“Marvelous, thank you, thank you,” Charles told one of the children. “I love the way you painted that.”
Joining Charles were representatives of the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the U.N. refugee agency, as well as the mayor of Bucharest and members of other state relief agencies.