Kate and Prince William to make emotional first trip to Wales since acquiring new titles


Prince William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, have “deep affection” for Wales, Kensington Palace said.

The statement added the royals “have thoroughly enjoyed previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people”.

The statement also presented a pledge by Kate and William, as it said “Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the coming months and years, taking the time to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales.”

The first engagement in Wales of the Prince and Princess will surely bring back memories for the couple, as they will meet crew members, volunteers and people who have been supported by them at the station of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Holyhead.

Kate and Prince William smiling

Kate and Prince William are to visit Wales today (Image: GETTY)

Kate and Prince William in Windsor

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

In February 2011, months before their nuptials, Kate and William carried out their first official engagement as a couple at the RNLI station at Trearddur Bay.

The pair lived in Anglesey for several months, as William worked as an RAF Search & Rescue pilot.

Following their first stop in Holyhead, Kate and William will take a short walk to the local Marine and Café Bar to meet local people and representatives of small businesses and organisations.

Among them will be members of the Coastguard and Sea Cadets.

Kate and William will then move to Swansea, where they will stop to meet volunteers at St Thomas Church.

Kate holding a bottle as Prince William claps his hands

Kate and Prince William during their first-ever joint engagement in Anglesey in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

This redeveloped church became over the past two years a thriving community hub which supports people in the area and across the City and County of Swansea.

Among the services it offers, the church is a foodbank supporting more than 200 people every week.

It also helps vulnerable mothers by providing essential items for their babies and opens its facilities to people experiencing homelessness to grant them showers, food and toilets.

The work carried out at St Thomas is in line with the long-standing interests of both the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Kate and William laughing

Kate and William during a recent engagement in Windsor (Image: GETTY)

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Kate supported several baby banks during the summer of 2020 (Image: GETTY)

William has been championing several organisations fighting homelessness and in June he joined forces with Dave Martin, a Big Issue magazine vendor, to shine a spotlight on this “solvable issue”.

On the other hand, Kate has been focusing her work on the early years in a bid to provide British society with a better understanding of how important the first five years are in the lives of babies for their development and allow all children to have the best possible start in life.

During the summer of 2020, she paid several private visits to a baby bank in West Norfolk.

Recalling how “emotional” it could get to meet vulnerable families seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kate later said: “I remember a couple of the families I met from King’s Lynn and I went home and literally burst into tears, their stories were so moving.”

In August 2020, it was announced Kate had brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate more than 10,000 items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide.

Following the death of the Queen and the accession of King Charles III on September 8, Prince William and Kate automatically inherited the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall while also retaining the dukedom of Cambridge.

On September 9, upon delivering his first speech as sovereign, Charles announced he had decided to create William Prince of Wales.

He said: “As my Heir, William now assumes the Scottish titles which have meant so much to me.

Kate and Prince William clapping their hands

Kate and Prince William lived their first several months as a married couple in Anglesey (Image: GETTY)

“Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.

“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.”

In 1969, Charles was crowned Prince of Wales during a ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle.

It is not yet known whether his son will follow in his footsteps and also have his investiture held in Wales, while possibly also delivering a speech in Welsh.


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