Prince and Princess of Wales to visit nation for first time

William and Kate to visit Wales for the first time as Prince and Princess: Couple to return to their former home of Anglesey and meet volunteers in Swansea as they return to work after period of mourning

  • William and Kate will visit Wales for the fist time as Prince and Princess of Wales
  • Couple will start their visit in Anglesey, where they started married life together
  • The Prince and Princess will then travel to Swansea in South West Wales 
  • It is their second engagement since the death of the Queen earlier this month 
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

The Prince and Princess of Wales are set to visit their home in Anglesey in their first trip to the nation since taking up their titles.

William and Kate will journey the length of Wales on Tuesday, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, and then travelling to Swansea in South West Wales.

Following King Charles’ announcement on 9 September that William and Kate would become Prince and Princess of Wales, the royal couple had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity following the death of the Queen, as a way of ‘deepening the trust and respect’ they have with the people of Wales.

Prince William and Kate Middleton may have only officially become the Prince and Princess of Wales recently – but the royal couple have long had a special connection with the country. Pictured, they chose Anglesey as the location for their first official engagement as a married couple

The Prince and Princess of Wales are to visit the nation for the first time since taking up their titles. Pictured, on an outing in Windsor last week

While in Holyhead, they will visit the local RNLI Lifeboat Station where they will meet the crew, volunteers and some people 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.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will then take a walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar where they will 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.

Prince William’s first ever royal engagement was in Cardiff, Wales, with his mother Princess Diana when he was just eight years old (Pictured in January 1991)

William’s first royal engagement, aged eight, was in the Welsh capital of Cardiff with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

After leaving Holyhead, the royal couple 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 such as 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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cardiff Castle in June, where rehearsals for the Platinum Jubilee concert were taking place.

It was Prince George and his sister 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 school.

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 thought to want a more low key event.

A spokesperson for the Prince and Princess 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’.

The royal couple added they would serve as Prince and Princess of Wales ‘with humility and great respect’.

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.

How William and Kate have spent years preparing to be Prince and Princess of Wales: Couple started married life in Anglesey, took George and Charlotte on their debut outing in Cardiff – and celebrate the nation’s ‘beauty’ 

BY HARRIET JOHNSTON FOR MAILONLINE 

Prince William and Kate Middleton may have only officially become the Prince and Princess of Wales a few weeks ago – but the royal couple have long had a special connection with the country.

In his first televised address to the nation following the death of the Queen, King Charles III confirmed his son William would inherit his title of the Prince of Wales and his wife Kate would become Princess. 

And sources said the new Princess ‘appreciates the history’ associated with the role of the Princess of Wales but wants to create her ‘own path’. 

King Charles’ own position as Prince of Wales wasn’t without controversy – he was announced the title at the age of nine, and there were fears of nationalist violence at  his investiture ceremony in 1969.  

However William and Kate’s bond with the country has been ongoing for years – with Kate going on her first official royal engagement in Anglesey, where the couple would later have their first family home with George.

Meanwhile they later took the nine-year-old and his seven-year-old sister Charlotte on their first official engagement in the country.

Meanwhile they later took the nine-year-old and his seven-year-old sister Charlotte on their first official engagement in the country earlier this year 

The couple, then unmarried, arrived in Anglesey in 2010, while William worked for RAF Valley. 

William decided to rent a £750-a-month, four-bedroom whitewashed farmhouse from local landowner and long-time royal confidant Sir George Meyrick and his wife Jean in the largely Welsh-speaking hamlet of Bodorgan, on the South-West corner of the island.

The Royal couple used to regularly enjoy Wednesday night suppers of shepherd’s pie and claret up at ‘the big house’ (as the stately pile, Bodorgan Hall, is known) with the admirably discreet Meyrick family.

The farmhouse is in an isolated but breathtakingly scenic position above the Irish Sea, surrounded by private land and overlooking a small beach, accessible only by an hour-long cross-country hike.

William and Kate’s bond with the country has been ongoing for years – with the couple regularly visiting different parts of Wales 

In his first televised address to the nation since the death of the Queen on Friday night, King Charles III confirmed his son William would inherit his title of the Prince of Wales and his wife Kate would become Princess

In the garden, there is a gas-fired barbecue, which was put to good use by the couple in summer.

One member of staff previously said: ‘She loved it in here. She spent a lot of time here, especially in the lighting and bathroom departments.’

Day to day, the couple followed a very ordinary routine — although often William’s commute to work was rather more grand than most.

Apart from that, the couple liked to invite family and friends from London to stay, or sometimes to socialise with William’s RAF colleagues.

Though friendly and approachable, they very much continued to ‘mix with their own sort’, according to neighbours. The couple also enjoyed long walks with their dog Lupo on Llanddwyn Beach, a picturesque five-mile stretch with views across to Snowdonia National Park.

The couple, then unmarried, arrived in Anglesey in 2010, while William worked for RAF Valley, and Kate took part in her first official engagement there in 2011 

Prince William watched on as Kate held up a champagne bottle after naming a new lifeboat, at the Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station on the island of Anglesey at her first official public engagement 

At the time, Prince William was working for RAF Valley in Anglesey and the couple lived in the area for three years 

In February 2011, Kate took part in her first official public engagement in the Welsh town. 

It would see her launching a new lifeboat at the Trearddur Bay lifeboat station, near their Anglesey home.

Prince William and Kate, then his his fiancée of two months, couldn’t keep the smiles from their faces as they carried out their duties and spoke to well-wishers, many of whom were looking forward to the royal wedding that April.

In 2011, the couple were greeted by crowds of people who had braved the cold in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royal love birds.

Kate found herself particularly drawn to the children, with photos showing the then 29-year-old crouching down to speak to the little ones.

Kate took part in her first engagement following the birth of her son Prince George in Anglesey in 2014

It was while living in Anglesey that the couple tied-the-knot just months later, before they welcomed their first son George, making Wales their first family home.

It was Anglesey that Kate decided to take part in her first royal engagement after George’s birth.

She attended the ‘Ring O Fire Race’ in Anglesey in April 2013.   

When the couple announced their plans to leave in September 2013, William spoke passionately of his time on the island off the North-West coast of Wales.

‘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,’ he said.

In recent years, the royal couple have regularly visited, including meeting members of the Caernarfon Coastguard and Rescue Helicopter Base in North Wales in 2019  


And in 2020, the royal couple visited the country an incredible four times, with Kate visiting Cardiff in January as part of her early years work (left) and the duo visiting together in February (right) 

‘Both of us will miss it terribly when my Search & Rescue tour of duty comes to an end.

Since, they have returned to it regularly, with multiple visits in the past few years. 

In May 2019, the couple met with members of the Coastguard helicopter team during a visit to Caernarfon Coastguard and Rescue Helicopter Base in North Wales. 

And in January 2020, Kate visited Cardiff at the start of the year as part of her Early Years development work.

The following month, she returned to the country as she joined Prince William for a busy day of engagements, including at Port Talbot Steelworks.

The couple looked deeply interested as they toured the control centre and learnt more about the inner-workings of the plant from works manager Carl Banfield. Tata Steel made headlines in November last year when it announced it would cut up to 1,000 UK-based jobs as part of a 3,000-strong reduction across Europe.

Later the same year, the couple visited Barry Island, South Wales, to speak to local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector

It was the penultimate stop on a busy afternoon of engagements for the couple, which saw them visit RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat Station, near Swansea, and meet well-wishers on a walkabout by the seafront. They also visited an ice cream parlour, where they met local families and Kate was surprised by two of her prep school teachers.

The day ended with a visit to Bulldogs boxing club in Port Talbot, which helps children who have overcome adverse experiences and mental health issues.

By August, they were making their third visit to the country as they visited Barry Island, South Wales, to speak to local business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector.

Their fourth and final visit of the year came in December, when they visited Cardiff as part of a short tour of the UK ahead of the Christmas holidays to pay tribute to the inspiring work of individuals, organizations and initiatives across the country.

And in December 2020, Kate and Prince William visited Cardiff Castle to kick off their short tour of the UK 

While they ddin’t visit the country in 2021 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they have already visited the country a number of times this year.

Earlier this year, a beaming Kate was in high spirits as she joined Prince William to celebrate St David’s Day with a visit to Wales. 

The then Duchess of Cambridge donned an all-green tonal outfit while visiting Abergavenny Market alongside the Duke, where the couple learned how important local suppliers are to rural communities. They then visited a youth club at Blaenavon Hwb in Blaenavon, and played a game of pool. 

And it was Cardiff where the couple decided their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte should have their first royal engagement. 

Prince William and Kate were joined by Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they brought the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to Wales while visiting concert rehearsals at Cardiff Castle.

Meanwhile the couple have also already visited Wales a number of times this year, firstly stopping by Abergavenny and Blaenavon in March for a busy day of engagements 

The couple met performers and crew involved in a special Platinum Jubilee Celebration Concert taking place within the grounds of the castle.

William and Kate seemed to encourage their shy-looking children to shake hands and introduce themselves to dignitaries as they arrived in the Welsh capital, though Charlotte was soon beaming. 

It was the young royals’ first official visit to Wales and one of the first times they have greeted and interacted with members of the public.

Earlier this week, an insider said Kate ‘appreciates the history’ associated with the role of the Princess of Wales but wants to create her ‘own path’.

Kate, formerly known as the Duchess of Cambridge, will now hold the titles of the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess of Wales – the first member of the Royal Family to hold the title since Princess Diana.

Meanwhile they poignantly returned to Cardiff as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and were joined by their eldest two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The occasion marked the first time the young Prince and Princess had taken part in an official engagement 

However a source said 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 royal source said: ‘The couple are focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.

‘The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they’ve approached their work previously.’

In his first televised address to the nation since ascending the throne, King Charles III confirmed his son Prince William would inherit his title of the Prince of Wales and his wife Kate would become Princess.

The King said: ‘Today, I am proud to create [William] 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.’

Since the 14th century the title of the Princess of Wales has been used by the wives of the Princes of Wales. However, it is a courtesy title.

Technically, Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, has been the Princess of Wales until now, but she has used the feminine equivalent of Charles’s Duke of Cornwall title, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cornwall is thought to not use the Princess of Wales title out of respect for Charles’s ex-wife Princess Diana, who died in Paris in August 1997.

Charles was created Prince of Wales when he was just nine-years-old – but faced controversy and backlash over the title  

Charles was created the Prince of Wales by the Queen when he was only nine years old on July 26 1958.  

He was formally invested with the title by his mother 11 years later on July 1 1969 at Caernarfon Castle in north Wales at the age of 20.

In preparation, he spent ten weeks learning about Welsh culture, history and language, and during the ceremony he gave his replies in both English and Welsh.

He also gave his speech in Welsh. 

The Queen kissed the cheek of her son, Prince Charles, after investing him as the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle in Wales on July 1 1969 (pictured) 

Beaming with pride, the Queen presented Charles to the public as the Prince of Wales at Queen Eleanor’s Gate of Caernarfon Castle at Caernarvon Castle in Wales on July 1 1969

Prince Charles was the longest-serving holder of the Prince of Wales title in history. Pictured being crowned by his mother the Queen in July 1969

Staunch nationalist and republican Dr Tedi Millward taught the Prince of Wales ahead of his investiture in 1969, despite being arrested at a Welsh language protest in 1963. 

He refused to attend the Prince’s controversial investiture at Caernarfon Castle, despite his role, for which he required stringent vetting by Special Branch. 

The lecturer said in one of his last interviews: ‘The police had me in their black book so I was bit surprised when I was asked to teach him Welsh. The police interviewed me very sternly.


He was created the Prince of Wales by the Queen when he was only nine years old on July 26 1958

The Prince of Wales pictured in a Land Rover at a sports ground in Carmarthen, during his tour of Wales following his investiture

‘When I met him I tried to be neutral, I just treated him the same as any other student. I’m not particularly proud of being his Welsh teacher, it was forced upon me.’

‘I was not in favour of him becoming the Prince of Wales but I didn’t argue the point with him.

‘I got on quite well with him, he was good to get to know. I found him intelligent and quite charming, we stayed in touch for a long time afterwards.’

Charles wore a bulletproof vest at his investiture ceremony due to fears of nationalist violence.

The Prince of Wales, pictured at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, receives a salute from nine-year-old Nicholas Toplet, of Aberystwyth, as he leaves the college after his first Welsh language lesson in 1969

The ceremony was a milestone in the modernisation of the Royal Family, a coronation spectacle designed not for the 4,000 invited guests but to be seen through the eye of a television camera by 500 million people worldwide.

When the lecturer died in 2020, Charles said: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr Millward’s death.

‘I have very fond memories of my time in Aberystwyth with Dr Millward over 51 years ago.

‘While I am afraid I might not have been the best student, I learned an immense amount from him about the Welsh language and about the history of Wales.

‘After all these years, I am forever grateful to him for helping foster my deep and abiding love for Wales, her people and her culture.

‘I send my most heartfelt sympathy to his family.’

 

 

 

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