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GALLERY: Families meet King Charles at special reception in Aberdeen

His Majesty The King met families settled in Aberdeen from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine and heard about programmes set up by Aberdeen City Council to support them at Aberdeen Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen.
All pictures by Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson
His Majesty The King met families settled in Aberdeen from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine and heard about programmes set up by Aberdeen City Council to support them at Aberdeen Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen. All pictures by Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

King Charles visited Aberdeen to chat to some families who have made the city their home after fleeing Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria.

The King attended a special reception at the town house on Monday, where he met the families and the teams who have worked hard to make them feel at home in the Granite City.

Among those he met was Inna Skvortsova, who moved to Aberdeen through a resettlement programme in April and now works full-time assisting the council with the project.

She said: “Six months ago, I didn’t expect I’d be here meeting the King, but now I’m proud to represent my country. I’m so grateful the UK helped me.

“I’m very happy to be doing what I’m doing now – helping people, my compatriots. My family lives here and I’m happy to start my life here from the very beginning.”

Our photographer Kenny Elrick from DC Thomson was there to capture the moment as King Charles visited Aberdeen.

His Majesty The King arrives in Aberdeen to met families settled in Aberdeen from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine.
Lord Provost of Aberdeen David Cameron greeted King Charles upon his arrival.
Crowds waiting to greet The King.
His Majesty The King greets royal supporters.
His Majesty The King chats to members of the public.
Royal supporters keen to meet His Majesty The King.
His Majesty The King waves to fans who waited for a glimpse of him.
The King spoke to the crowds of people waiting on Union Street.
His Majesty The King waves to the crowd.
Lord Provost of Aberdeen David Cameron and King Charles make their way upstairs to greet the families.
His Majesty meeting (L-R) Derek McGowan (chief officer responsible for resettlement projects for Aberdeen City Council), Inna Skvortsova (lead Welcome Hub officer) and Jill Strachan MBE, (manager responsible for on the ground resettlement projects).
His Majesty listening to a choir made up of Dyce Primary School pupils and Robert Gordon College students, conducted by Professor Paul.
His Majesty listening to the choir.
His Majesty The King meet the singers.
King Charles met families settled in Aberdeen from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine.
The King chatted to families settled in Aberdeen from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine.
King Charles listens carefully to the families.
The king during the special reception.
His Majesty greets a family.
King Charles met families settled in Aberdeen from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine and heard about programmes set up to support them.
There were smiles all round as King Charles spoke to families.
The special reception was held in the Town house in Aberdeen.
The King at the Town House in Aberdeen.
His Majesty The King.
Sabrina Shahab, 7, handing His Majesty a gift.
His Majesty and The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor Dr David Cameron make their way out the Town House.
His Majesty and The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor Dr David Cameron leaving the Town House.
His Majesty The King waves to well-wishers outside.
Royal supporters waiting for a glimpse of His Majesty The King.
People lined up to see King Charles.
Crowds waiting to see The King.
The King greets royal fans waiting outside.
The King greets the crowd.

 

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