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The news comes a few weeks after Belgium’s royal palace announced that they would be opening up some of their apartments to refugees, offering to house up to three families. ‘The war in Ukraine is a humanitarian crisis on a scale not seen in Europe since the Second World War. The anguish of the families we met today is very tangible. Their stories are heartbreaking,’ King Philippe and Queen Mathilde said. ‘We are deeply moved by the solidarity of our fellow citizens in welcoming refugees from Ukraine. We express our support for the Ukrainian people and hope that this war will end as soon as possible.’

Similarly, the House of Orange in the Netherlands revealed that they would be allowing those fleeing to stay in the Het Oude Loo Castle, which can house up to five or six families, or 30 people. 

We are in a collective state of shock and horror as the invasion of Ukraine continues to unfold in frightening ways. Many of us have been left reeling from news reports as the scale of the human toll has now become clearer.

We are supporting the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine through the International Committee of the Red Cross and its Ukraine Emergency Fund and encourage all to join us.