Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 40, will embark on a two-part trip to Wales today, returning to the island where the couple made their first family home. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived in a four bedroom country house in Anglesey between 2011 and 2013 while William was based near Holyhead in the RAF Valley.
During their visit to Anglesey, William and Kate will meet with crew members, volunteers and those supported by their local unit at RNLI Lifesaving Station Holyhead.
A major port in the Irish Sea, Holyhead has a rich history as one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has been awarded 70 prizes for bravery.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will then make the nearly 180-mile journey down to Swansea when they arrive at the redeveloped St Thomas’ Church, which is helping people across the city and surrounding county.
St Thomas supports over 200 people a week in its food bank, helps distribute essential items to vulnerable mothers through Swansea Baby Basics, provides facilities for the homeless, has a non-profit cafe and a food waste prevention program all help end food poverty .
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The new Duchess of Cornwall has previously worked with Baby Banks, helping to bring 19 bands and retailers together to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 of their establishments nationwide in Summer 2020.
Kate has also visited a number of baby banks in the UK including those in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk.
The couple are said to have a “deep affection” for the principality and expressed gratitude for the warmth and friendliness of the Welsh people ahead of their visit.
As the successor of King Charles III. As Prince of Wales following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, William and his wife are said to look forward to spending more time in the country in the coming months and years, strengthening ties with communities across the Principality.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having found their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed previous visits and the warmth and friendliness of the Welsh people.
“Their Royal Highnesses look forward to spending more time in Wales in the coming months and years and taking the time to strengthen their ties with communities across Wales.”
However, Prince William, who has been President of the FA since 2006, could be put to the test at the forthcoming FIFA World Cup when Gareth Southgate’s England side take on Robert Page’s Wales team at Al Rayyan on 29 November.
The Duke, who also became Royal Patron of the WRU in 2016, faced a similar dilemma when Wales faced England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
But William was filmed in a red Wales shirt as he sat alongside his brother Prince Harry, now 38, in an impressive 28-25 comeback win for Warren Gatland’s side at Twickenham.
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Prince William was also given a boost in accepting his new title after a new YouGov opinion poll found 66 per cent of people in Wales support the move.
Almost three in four respondents said they believe William will do a good job as Prince of Wales.
Only 19 percent wanted the Duke of Cambridge to have an investiture similar to that of King Charles III. Granted at Caernarfon Castle in 1969.
However, a multitude of respondents supported some form of investiture, with another 30 percent claiming that an event should take place provided it differed from Charles.
According to WalesOnline, Williams’ inauguration will be very different from his father’s and there may not even be a formal ceremony as the Cambridges seek to ‘deep’ trust in the Welsh public.
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