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The Cambridges

Buckingham Palace reopens for business with Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the helm

William and Catherine, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Buckingham Palace is back open for business after the COVID-19 lockdown, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been at the forefront.

William and Catherine hosted President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and First Lady Olena Zelenska in an audience at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Buckingham Palace confirmed to the Press Association that this was the first royal engagement there since the lockdown.

The Duke and Duchess held the audience on behalf of The Queen who is not currently undertaking engagements or holding audiences at the London location due to the pandemic.

The President of Ukraine later said on Twitter about the meeting with Their Royal Highnesses: “People-to-people contacts are always most important for countries. Friendly meeting and conversation with @KensingtonRoyal at Buckingham Palace. Ukraine and Britain have a shared vision on a broad range of issues. Looking forward to fruitful cooperation and successful projects together!”

The President and his wife arrived in the UK late on Tuesday evening.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been travelling around the United Kingdom to see how the country is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and speak with those who have been impacted.

The Queen is currently residing at Windsor Castle.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.