It was a return to the old stomping grounds for William and Catherine as they made their first visit to Wales as the Prince and Princess of Wales. The couple dropped by both Anglesey and Swansea. Anglesey, as you remember, is where they lived when they were first married and Willliam was a search and rescue pilot with the RAF. I suspect it holds a lot of sentimental memories for the them – certainly the couple looked extremely upbeat as they made their rounds.
It seems appropriate that they began their visit with a stop at Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Holyhead Station, where they met the crew. Their first dual appearance, back in 2011, was at the RNLI, at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station. Later they proceeded to St. Thomas Church, which has been developed into a community hub, providing services to new parents, the homeless, and those who are experiencing food scarcity.
The Duchess wore a new LK Bennett recycled wool coat in a cozy red. She paired it with some repeats, including her black Boden sweater (worn last February as shown below) and my favorite of her handbags, this Grace Han short handle bag.
It’s been noted that William will not have a formal investiture as the Prince of Wales as Charles did. “Times have changed” said the spokesperson, and they have. Instead, the royal couple plans to visit Wales often to establish relationships and trust.
Bonus – we didn’t cover this in Bits or individually, but the couple made a surprise appearance at Windsor to thank those who worked so hard behind the scenes for the Queen’s committal service. The Princess wore a repeat (actually a much worn repeat) Dolce & Gabbana black collarless coat. The coat made its debut in 2017, when then-Duchess paired it with a hat for the annual Remembrance Day service.