Kate and Prince William were all smiles as they carried out their first official visit to Wales since King Charles III created his firstborn Prince of Wales. The vital trip began in Anglesey, the first home of the Prince and Princess of Wales as a married couple.
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.
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“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.
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.
Today’s engagement comes after King Charles created Prince William the new Prince of Wales on September 9.
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.