THE Prince and Princess of Wales have taken an emotional trip down memory lane during their first visit to the country since taking up their new titles.
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat StationCredit: PA
The Princess of Wales looked to be on fine form as she met the crew and volunteers at the lifeboat stationCredit: PA
Kate being presented with a posy of flowers by four-year-old Theo CromptonCredit: AFP
The princess poses for a picture with the youngsterCredit: PA
The royal couple had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity following the death of the Queen, and return hoping to begin “deepening the trust and respect” they have with the people of Wales.
While in Holyhead, they visited the local RNLI Lifeboat Station where they met the crew, volunteers and some of those who have previously been rescued by the team.
It is one of the oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and, across the years, members have received a total of 70 awards for gallantry.
They then took a walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar to meet people from local small businesses and organisations, including the coastguard and sea cadets.
Holyhead is only a half-hour drive from the four-bedroom farmhouse the prince and princess rented as newlyweds on the Isle of Anglesey, or Ynys Mon, between 2010 and 2013 when William was an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.
Having made their first home together in Wales is part of why they say they hold such a “deep affection” for the country.
It is also where they raised their eldest child, Prince George, for the first few months of his life.
After leaving Holyhead, Wills and Kate will travel to St Thomas Church in Swansea which has transformed over the last two years into a community hub.
The church now provides vital services to hundreds of people in the city, such as a not-for-profit cafe and facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets.
William and Kate will get a chance to meet volunteers who work in the church’s food bank and the Swansea Baby Basics initiative, which distributes essential items like toiletries and clothing to vulnerable mothers.
Kate has previously worked with baby banks and in 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 such banks nationwide.
Both the princess and William will spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church.
The last official visit the pair made to Wales was as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cardiff Castle in June, where rehearsals for the Platinum Jubilee concert were taking place.
It was their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s first official outing in the country, and the family were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers.
The siblings will not be joining their parents on Tuesday’s visit as both will be in class at their new school in Berkshire.
‘WELSH TRUST AND RESPECT’
William and Kate will now be making more regular visits to Wales as part of their roles as prince and princess, and are expected back in the country before Christmas.
However, sources close to the couple have confirmed there are still no plans for an investiture ceremony.
When an investiture does take place, it is unlikely to reflect the scale of the ceremony held for the then Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle in 1969, with William and Kate said to want a more low-key event.
A spokesperson for the couple said: “Right now they are focused on deepening the trust and respect they have with the people of Wales over time.”
William and Kate have spoken of wanting to use their position to advocate for the people of Wales and showcase the country to the world.
In a statement, they said they would “do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and to shine a spotlight on both the challenges and opportunities in front of them”.
They added that they would serve as Prince and Princess of Wales “with humility and great respect”.
A royal source said following the Queen’s death: “The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path.”
The move to make them Prince and Princess of Wales following the death of the Queen has caused some controversy, and a petition calling for the British monarchy to end the use of the title has so far gathered over 35,000 signatures.
Kate waves to the crowds on their first visit to Wales since receiving their new titlesCredit: PA
William and Kate chat to little Theo at the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station in AngleseyCredit: AFP
A schoolboy waits to give the princess some flowersCredit: PA
Kate wore read and black for the occasionCredit: PA
Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coastCredit: PA
A smiling Prince and Princess of Wales wave to members of the publicCredit: PA
The Princess of Wales grins as she meets volunteersCredit: AFP
Wills and Kate will travel down to Swansea later today as part of their visit to WalesCredit: PA
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