Humanitarian reception at Buckingham Palace
Published 08 November 2023
The King and Queen have hosted a reception recognise and reflect on the UK's contribution to humanitarian efforts across the world.
Their Majesties, accompanied by The Duke of Gloucester, were joined by guests to thank those who are part of the UK's contribution to humanitarianism. The event also marked 60 years of the Disasters Emergency Committee.
The Reception showcased the human stories of those involved in the sector, from fundraisers to frontline workers, and those who have been impacted by crises, including communities seeking to protect their cultural heritage, and refugees building new lives in the U.K.
Their Majesties were introduced to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Chief Executive, Mr Saleh Saeed and high-profile supporters, such as Dame Joanna Lumley, Sir Michael Palin and Mr Adrian Lester, who have launched appeals for the charity, as they mark their 60th anniversary year.
The King and Queen also had an opportunity to meet refugees who have left difficult situations around the world and have since made the UK their home. Their Majesties were introduced to a selection of broadcast journalists to hear about their work in covering global emergencies, including in the Middle East and Ukraine.
In the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, Their Majesties viewed displays from the Disasters Emergency Committee, Turquoise Mountain and ShelterBox and met some of those who have supported the significant work of these organisations.
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