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.

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

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

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)

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’

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

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.

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