Kate Middleton and Prince William joined forces with Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark this morning for a special outing in Copenhagen. This was apparently the first meeting for Kate with Mary and Frederik, though William has known the Danish family for years. The four royals visited a UNICEF food center that distributes emergency food and medical supplies to East Africa, which is suffering from severe shortages of both edibles and water.
In addition to helping pack boxes, the philanthropic organization shared photos on Twitter of Kate and William learning about sanitation for children inside the facility. William sampled a high-protein peanut paste that is sent to Africa, though Kate passed on the opportunity.
Charities that help children are especially close to the hearts of William and Kate and may affect which philanthropies she decides to officially patron. Both Kate and William dressed up for October's gala benefiting the Child Bereavement Charity, and, on Sept. 29, opened the Royal Marsden Hospital's Oak Center For Children and Young People. Africa is also especially dear to William and Kate, as they got engaged at Mount Kenya, and he spent his gap year there.
This morning's outing was designed to shift attention toward the situation in Africa. In a statement, they said, "We hope this will put the light back on this crisis." The couple are expected to return home to the UK this evening following a reception at UNICEF with some of their donors.