Beaming Kate waves to crowd as she steps out with William on Welsh island they called home


Prince William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are focused on “deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales, over time”, it has been reported.

There, they visited the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where Kate and William met volunteers, crew members and some of the people who have been supported by the local unit.

This visit to Holyhead, one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast, surely reminded the prince and princess of a very poignant engagement they carried out more than a decade ago.

In February 2011, the pair headed to the RNLI station at Trearddur Bay for their first-ever joint engagement, two months before their wedding at Westminster Abbey.

Kate and William were already very familiar with the area, as they had been sharing a home in Anglesey since 2010.

Kate waving as she walks with Prince William

Kate and Prince William are visiting Wales today (Image: PA)

Kate laughing during an engagement

Kate appeared in high spirits during the visit (Image: PA)

Kate smiling with a child

Kate received a posy upon her arrival at the RNLI site (Image: PA)

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The loved-up pair remained in Wales until 2013, with Prince William working as a search & rescue pilot for the RAF, whose north Welsh base is located just outside the tiny village of Y Fali, on Anglesey’s west coast.

While their official residence that year became Kensington Palace, the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent most of their time in Norfolk, as William joined as an air ambulance pilot the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.

Kate and William have spoken in the past about how special Anglesey has been for them.

The prince previously said: “This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both.

Kate walking towards a boy offering her flowers

Kate joking with a child offering her flowers (Image: GETTY)

Prince William during a walkabout

Prince William joked with a little child during a walkabout (Image: PA)

“Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.

“I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.”

In Wales, the newlyweds enjoyed a high degree of privacy, with Kate being spotted buying dog food at a local pet store and doing the weekly grocery shop at the only Waitrose on Anglesey.

Today’s engagement at the RNLI unit was followed by a visit to the Holyhead Marine and Café Bar, where Kate and William had the chance to meet representatives of local associations and business owners.

Kate during a walkabout in Anglesey

Kate chatted with locals as she visited the RNLI (Image: PA)

Kate and William receiving a posy of flowers from a child

Kate and Prince William were given a posy of flowers from a child in Anglesey (Image: PA)

Kate and Prince William arriving at a Welsh RNLI

Kate and Prince William headed to a local RNLI station (Image: PA)

For her return to Anglesey, Kate donned a smart black jumper with matching trousers, accessorised with black heels and a small handbag.

She gave a note of colour to her outfit by wearing an unbuttoned red coat with big golden buttons.

Prince William, on the other hand, donned a blue suit and tie with a white buttoned-up shirt.

These splashes of colour in the Waleses’ outfit come as the period of royal mourning ended today at 8am.

As a consequence, working members of the Firm are expected to resume their schedules, no longer need to wear black and can raise the flags on their residences to full mast.

The prince and princess’ visit to Wales will continue later today as they are also scheduled to visit Swansea.

There, they will visit St Thomas Church, which provides important support to the local community.

Among other services, this re-developed church is a foodbank serving more than 200 people per week, a baby bank supporting vulnerable mothers by providing essential items for their children and a place open to people experiencing homelessness, where they can find food and use the showers and toilets.


Kate and Prince William waving

Kate and Prince William lived in Anglesey between 2010 and 2013 (Image: PA)

Kate wearing a red coat

Kate and Prince William became the Prince and Princess of Wales on September 9 (Image: PA)

The new Prince and Princess of Wales are now focused on deepening the “trust and respect of the people of Wales” over time, it is understood.

With this goal in mind, they are set to return to the nation before Christmas.

Kate and William were last in Wales in June, when they visited Cardiff Castle as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte along.


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