The Princess of Wales wore a scarf over her head as she and Prince William went to a community center to express gratitude to people who were aiding victims of the deadly earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria.

The pair first connected with volunteers at the west London location of the Hayes Muslim Centre, whose members assisted in collecting more than £30,000 through bucket collections and other means in the wake of the accident.

They also heard terrifying tales from charity workers who had just returned from the catastrophe area. These individuals detailed frantic rescue attempts with nothing more than hammers.

Kate was photographed entering the center while sporting the Elan scarf, a black pleated dress by Alexander McQueen, and a gray coat. The scarf is said to be a part of a set.Their visit to the center coincides with the British public’s assistance in raising £121 million for the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal (DEC), which also included contributions from William and Kate, King Charles, and the Queen Consort.

The prince and princess also interacted with charity officials from DEC members, including recently returned Turkish crisis-area assistance workers.

The latest information on the situation and the effects that incoming relief is having on communities throughout the region was presented by representatives from Save the Children, Islamic Relief, Action Against Hunger, Age International, and the British Red Cross.In a lighter moment, the couple joined two schoolgirls who made hundreds of origami cranes to raise funds for the appeal – and guided the royals as they created the birds from paper.

Kate said: “It’s sad that there’s a need to do funding – it’s amazing there are communities like this here raising (funds).”

Before leaving, the couple also met other communities who have made considerable efforts to fundraise as part of the appeal.