Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 40, will today embark on a two-part trip to Wales in which they will return to the island where the couple made their first family home. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived in a four-bedroom Anglesey country house between 2011 to 2013 while William was stationed near Holyhead at RAF Valley.
During their visit to Anglesey, William and Kate will meet with crewmembers, volunteers and those who have been supported by their local unit at RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station.
Holyhead, which is a major Irish Sea port, has a rich history as its one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has received 70 gallantry awards.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will then make the almost 180mile journey down to Swansea as they arrive at the redeveloped St Thomas’ Church which assists people across the city and surrounding county.
St Thomas’ supports over 200 people per week at its foodbank, helps distribute essential items for vulnerable mothers through Swansea Baby Basics, provides facilities for the homeless, has a not-for-profit cafe and a scheme to prevent food waste in a bid to help end food poverty.
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The new Duchess of Cornwall has previously worked with Baby Banks and helped bring together 19 bands and retailers to donate more than 10,000 new items to more than 40 of its facilities nationwide in the summer of 2020.
Kate has also visited a number of Baby Banks across the United Kingdom, including ones 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 kindness shown by the Welsh people ahead of their visit.
Having succeeded King Charles III as the Prince of Wales following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, William and his wife are said to be looking forward to spending more time in the country over the coming months and years as they strengthen ties with communities across the principality.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people.
“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.”
However, Prince William, who has been President of the FA since 2006, could face a test at the upcoming FIFA World Cup when Gareth Southgate’s England side face Robert Page’s Welsh team on November 29 for a key Group B fixture in Al Rayyan.
The Duke, who also became royal patron of the WRU in 2016, faced a similar dilemma when Wales took on England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
But William was filmed wearing a red Wales shirt as he sat alongside his brother Prince Harry, now 38, and celebrated an impressive 28-25 comeback victory for Warren Gatland’s side at Twickenham.
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Prince William was also provided with a boost as he took on his new title after a new YouGov opinion poll suggested 66 percent of people in Wales support the move.
Almost three-in-four respondents said they believe William will do a good job as the Prince of Wales.
Only 19 percent voiced support for the Duke of Cambridge having an investiture which matches the one afforded to King Charles III in 1969 at Caernarfon Castle.
However, a plurality of respondents backed some form of investiture taking place, with an extra 30 percent claiming an event should occur provided it differs to Charles’.
According to WalesOnline, William’s investiture will be very different to his father’s and there may not even be a formal ceremony as the Cambridges’ attempt to “deepen trust” with the Welsh public.