PRINCE William has paid a touching tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on his secret visit to the Ukraine border.
William, 40, this morning lay a wreath at the monument dedicated to Polish soldiers during his trip to thank troops forming defence against Putin’s aggression.
It comes after he landed at a secure military base near Rzeszow, Poland, which is the final frontier before Ukraine, yesterday afternoon.
The base is home to 75 Brits working in coalition with Polish and American allies just 50 miles from the Ukrainian border.
The future King stood at the foot of the monument in Warsaw this morning, before he is set to meet Polish Prime Minister Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace later on today.
He will the finish up his trip at a local food hall for Ukrainians.
Royal sources said the visit was a “personal mission” to hail soldiers from both Britain and Poland in their efforts.
The Prince of Wales yesterday told the troops “everyone back home thoroughly supports you” after travelling amid huge security to Poland.
Brave Brits are forming a first line of defence against Putin’s aggression on NATO’s eastern flank.
He also got up close and personal with see Britain’s high-tech surface-to-air Sky Sabre missile defence system deployed near the border during his hush-hush trip carried out under massive security and secrecy.
He was greeted by defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak and spoke to Polish troops before thanking Brit heroes from the Royal Artillery Regiment.
Wearing civilian clothing he addressed the troops in the shadow of two fully armed missile launchers.
William addressed the troops, saying: “I know how busy you all are. Thank you for hosting me today, I just wanted to come here in person to say thank you for all that you are doing, keeping everyone safe out here and keeping an eye on what’s going on. So just a big thank you for what you do on a day to day basis.
“I know some of you are coming to the end of your time out here so looking forward to a bit of R and R when you get home.
“But you are doing a really good job out here, defending our freedoms is really important and everyone back home thoroughly supports you.
“And everything you are doing with our Polish counterparts in providing that safety is really important, so thank you for your time, lovely to meet you all and good luck.”
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales was very keen to travel to Poland to thank British and Polish troops for their support in relation to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.”