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Prince and Princess of Wales make first visit to the nation with their new titles

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The Princess of Wales was today handed a posy of flowers by a young schoolboy as she and the Prince visited the nation for the first time since taking up their titles.

William and Kate met four-year-old Theo Crompton on their visit to Holyhead in Anglesey this afternoon, who was overcome with excitement as he was introduced to the royal couple.

They crouched down to accept the flowers and have a brief chat with the youngster, who they met at the local RNLI Lifeboat station.

The Prince and Princess also spent the visit meeting the crew, volunteers and some of those 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.

William and Kate are now walking to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar where they will meet people from local small businesses and organisations, including the coastguard and sea cadets.

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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.

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

Prince William watches as his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales is presented with a posy of flowers by four-year-old Theo Crompton during their visit to the RNLI

The Prince and Princess of Wales receive a posy of flowers from a young boy as they arrive for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station

The Prince and Princess of Wales receive a posy of flowers from a young boy as they arrive for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station

The Princess of Wales receives a posy of flowers as she arrives for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station this afternoon

The Princess of Wales receives a posy of flowers as she arrives for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station this afternoon

William and Kate are travelling the length of Wales today, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey in the north, and then travelling to Swansea in the south-west

William and Kate are travelling the length of Wales today, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey in the north, and then travelling to Swansea in the south-west

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit

The Princess of Wales was in good spirits as she arrived for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station this afternoon

The Princess of Wales was in good spirits as she arrived for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station this afternoon

Prince William watches as his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales is presented with a posy of flowers by four-year-old Theo Crompton during their visit to the RNLI

Prince William watches as his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales is presented with a posy of flowers by four-year-old Theo Crompton during their visit to the RNLI

Four-year-old schoolboy Theo Crompton prepares to hand a bouquet of flowers to the Princess of Wales this afternoon

Four-year-old schoolboy Theo Crompton prepares to hand a bouquet of flowers to the Princess of Wales this afternoon

The Princess of Wales arrives for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where with the Prince of Wales they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit

The Princess of Wales arrives for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where with the Prince of Wales they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit

The Princess of Wales receives a posy of flowers during a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales

The Princess of Wales receives a posy of flowers during a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales

The Princess of Wales arrives for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where with the Prince of Wales they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit

The Princess of Wales arrives for a visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead, Wales, where with the Prince of Wales they are meeting crew, volunteers and some of those who have been supported by their local unit

Four-year-old Theo Crompton who presented a posy of flowers to Prince and Princess of Wales during their visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead

Four-year-old Theo Crompton who presented a posy of flowers to Prince and Princess of Wales during their visit to the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, in Holyhead

The Prince and Princess of Wales wave to members of the public as they walk to the Holyhead Marine Cafe and Bar in Holyhead

The Prince and Princess of Wales wave to members of the public as they walk to the Holyhead Marine Cafe and Bar in Holyhead

The Prince and Princess of Wales meet members of the public as they walk to the Holyhead Marine Cafe and Bar in Holyhead

The Prince and Princess of Wales meet members of the public as they walk to the Holyhead Marine Cafe and Bar in Holyhead

Prince William, Prince of Wales and his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey

Prince William, Prince of Wales and his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey

After leaving Holyhead, they 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.

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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.

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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’.

Adding that 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.

Source: Daily Mail

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