THE Prince and Princess of Wales have taken an emotional trip down memory 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 waves to the crowds as the Prince and Princess of Wales made their first visit to the country since receiving their new titlesCredit: 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, they 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.
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