- Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 40, visited Wales for first time since becoming Prince and Princess
- Started their day in Holyhead to visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station and meet its crew and volunteers
- The Princess of Wales looked stunning in the £599 red coat made of recycled wool from L.K. Bennett
Kate Middleton opted for a L.K. Bennett’s ‘Spencer’ coat in red as she and Prince William visited Wales for the first time as Prince and Princess of Wales.
The mother-of-three, 40, whose late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, was born Diana Spencer, looked sensational in the £599 coat, which sported gold button detailing, when arriving in Anglesey for a whirlwind visit of the nation today.
She kept her outfit simple, teaming the statement coat with flared high waisted trousers and a matching black top. Adding a touch of glitz to her ensemble, she also donned Welsh brand Spells of Love’s £79 ‘Alia Hoops’ in 18ct Recycled Gold.
William and Kate will first visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey and meet its crew and volunteers, before heading to Swansea in South West Wales. The visit comes as the royal family have concluded their period of mourning for the Queen.
The Princess of Wales looked in her element in the tailored coat, which is from the designer’s Conscious collection, and crafted by Manteco – the leading textile company for sustainability and high-end fabrics.
She paired it with high waisted flared trousers and a slim black leather belt and a boat neck top, and added a touch of bling with thick gold hoop earrings from Welsh brand Spells of Love, which she has favoured in the past.
Kate looked relaxed at the event, where she sported natural makeup with a dash of bronzer and mascara, a sculpted brow and a pink lip.
Kate and Prince William were made Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles III on September 9, a title reserved for the heir apparent of the monarch.
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 today, 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.
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.
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.