The couple set out for a day in Wales, where they lived during the early years of their marriage

By Simon Perry
February 04, 2020 07:34 AM
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Kate Middleton and Prince William are spending time by the sea!

The royal couple visited the south Wales resort of Mumbles on Tuesday, meeting the rescue crews and volunteers at the local lifeboat station and watching the crew undertake a launch. They bundled up against the blustering seaside winds, with Kate in a navy coat by Hobbs with a red and white scarf over a Zara dress. She wore her hair in a half-up style, showing off her Woodland Oak Leaf Hoop earrings by Asprey.

Prince William, 37, and Kate, 38, met members of the public at the popular seafront over looking Swansea Bay before heading to a quintessential British haven: an ice cream café. They headed to Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour, where they chatted with a group of local parents and caregivers about life in the area, which sits just west of Swansea.

As they walked inside, William declared that he was a “chocolate man” but went for a vanilla cone with chocolate sprinkles (and also tried a small cup of chocolate). Kate ate her ice cream in a cup.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William and Kate Middleton
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When asked if his three children — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1 — liked ice cream, Prince William replied, “They do, some more than others.”

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And they also discussed Princess Kate’s survey on children’s early years, called “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.” The survey was launched this month as Kate undertook a whirlwind 24-hour tour that also took in the Welsh capital Cardiff. Last week, it emerged that more than 100,000 had taken part in the month-long project.

Kate and William met volunteers and staff at the RNLI’s Mumbles Lifeboat Station and chatted to them about the impact of their vital work to save lives at sea. The Queen’s grandson also made sure to ask about their mental health, reminding them: “Everyone has a chink in their armor.”

William, a former RAF search and Rescue and air ambulance pilot, was also interested to hear how the crew works with the coastguard to find people, calling the work both “rewarding” and “challenging.”

He added, “It can be a lovely, beautiful day, but in the water it can be very different.”

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Kate Middleton and Prince William
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William and Kate — who lived in North Wales for the first years of their married life — will later head to the Tata Steelworks in nearby Port Talbot. It is the U.K.’s largest steel plant, employing 4,000 people. There, the pair will take part in a discussion with company directors and trade unions before spending time with workers in the plant’s Hot Strip Mill and in its Training Academy.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton and Prince William
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They will end the day in the area seeing an initiative that supports young people who have faced tough childhood experiences and mental health challenges. Despite a proud industrial past, the area has been hit by ongoing economic challenges and deprivation after the contraction of the steel industry over the last 30 years.

The partnership, run by Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities and Port Talbot Amateur Boxing, aims to provide kids with a sense of belonging through fitness and boxing. And William and Kate will join some of the local youngsters taking part in fitness and teamwork activities, and chat to a group of volunteers who help deliver the programs.

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Kate Middleton
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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton
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It comes during an important few days for Kate as it is Children’s Mental Health Week, which is run by one of her charities, Place2be.