The royal couple was delighted to be welcomed by a 4 year old's warm smile
Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince and Princess of Wales, respectively, were at the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) station on September 27th to begin their new roles with a trip to Wales before meeting villagers and employees in Holyhead, Anglesey, when they were welcomed most "adorably" by a young four-year-old schoolboy, named Theo Crompton. He very delightfully presented them with a bouquet of flowers. Upon the arrival of the royal couple, the boy was all broad smiles. Theo got to meet them while they visited Holyhead to see the local RNLI Lifeboat Station. While they met the volunteers, crew, and those rescued by the team stationed there, it was the young four-year-old who stole the show with his explicit unhidden joy when he met the new Prince and Princess of Wales. The Princess looked exceptionally delighted in her red coat as she accepted the flowers from the young royal fan.
The other locals were also met by William and Kate walking down to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar which holds a few good many memories for the couple as Holyhead is only a half-hour drive from the first four-bedroom house the prince and princess rented as newlyweds on the Isle of Anglesey when William was an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot. During that time, between 2010 and 2013 was when they led their most 'normal' and private life. It is also where they raised Prince George who is their eldest child and second-in-line for the throne. Even during this Platinum Jubilee weekend, William and Kate took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to that house. Wales holds a strong emotional connection to Prince William's childhood as well since his first royal engagement at eight years of age was in Cardiff with his mother, Diana, the then-Princess of Wales, a title now held by his wife Kate, reports Mirror.
After leaving Holyhead in the north, the couple traveled to St Thomas Church in Swansea to end their trip in the southwest, which among other things is a community hub providing not-for-profit services to the homeless and the vulnerable, from food, showers, and toilet facilities to baby care essentials. The royals of Wales visited Wales as soon as possible to start their duties while entering the good books of the locals to "deepen the trust and esteem" they have earned from the people of Wales. It was in June when the royal couple last visited Wales to Cardiff Castle where rehearsals for the Platinum Jubilee concert were taking place.
Unlike his father, it is noted that Prince William will not be conducting an investiture ceremony to formally mark his new title. His father Charles was officially invested with the title Prince of Wales by the Queen during an event staged at Caernarfon Castle in July 1969. William and Kate are more focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time. After the demise of the Queen, a royal source shared, "The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path." During the same time, William spoke to Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, via telephone, and mentioned his "deep affection for Wales". He expressed his and the Princess of Wales's honor in being asked by the King to serve the Welsh people.
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