Prince William Speaks of ‘Deep Affection’ for Wales

Prince William and Kate Middleton take on their new titles with “deep affection”.


On Sunday, William spoke to Wales’ leading politician, First Minister Mark Drakeford, in their first conversation since William and Kate were made Prince and Princess of Wales by William’s father, King Charles .


William said he and Kate had a “deep affection for Wales” as it was their first home together as a married couple, their shared office. They also lived there “during the first months of Prince George’s life”.


The then newlyweds lived in a four-bedroom country house in Anglesey, Wales from 2011 to 2013.


During his conversation, William also vowed to serve the people of Wales “with humility and great respect.


The call between the pair came on Sunday as the coffin of William’s late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, began its journey from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh, Scotland. On Tuesday, the Queen’s coffin will travel to London.


Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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William’s call with Drakeford, who heads the Welsh Parliament or Senedd, follows the prince’s first office as Prince of Wales – witnessed by his father King Charles’ accession and solemn declaration on Saturday .


The couple’s office said William and Kate will “spend the coming months and years deepening their relationship with communities across Wales. They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and shine a light on both challenges and opportunities ahead of them.”




William also spoke with Drakeford about how the couple look forward to celebrating Wales’ proud history and traditions, and a future full of promise. They will seek to live up to the proud contribution of members of the Royal Family. in past years.”


Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Prince George in Wales on June 4.
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And the prince and princess, both 40, hope to travel to Wales “very soon”, their office said in the statement. There they will meet with the Prime Minister and other community and political leaders.


Their last official visit to Wales was in June during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. The couple have brought their eldest children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, to the capital Cardiff.


In March, William and Kate spent St David’s Day, a national holiday in Wales, in Abergavenny, visiting a farm and planting a tree.


William is also Welsh Rugby Union boss – something that puts him at odds with Kate, who is the English counterpart’s royal representative.


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On Saturday, William asked his brother Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan Markle to join him and Kate as they paid their respects to the Queen and met well-wishers in Windsor.

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