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Duchess of Cambridge speaks of challenges she faced as a new mother while living on Anglesey

Kate met some new mothers while on a visit to a children's centre in Ely, Cardiff Credit: PA Images

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken about the "difficulties" she faced while living on Anglesey after giving birth to Prince George.

She spent three years living on the island with the Duke while he worked as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. She gave birth to her first child while living there in 2013.

While meeting parents at a children's centre in Cardiff, Catherine spoke of her experiences living as a young mother on the island while her husband worked night shifts at RAF Valley.

The couple spent three years living on Anglesey while William worked as an RAF helicopter pilot Credit: PA Images

It's nice to be back in Wales.

I was chatting to some of the mums, I had just had George and William was still working with search and rescue, so we came up here when George was a tiny, tiny little baby, in the middle of Anglesey.

It was so isolated, so cut off, I didn't have my family around me, he was doing night shifts, so if only I'd had a centre like this at a certain time ...

– The Duchess of Cambridge

Head of the centre, Carolyn Asante, told Kate: "That's the thing, we all need it (support). It's not about social status. When you're a parent, you take home this little baby and I don't know about you but I didn't know which way was up or down."

The Duchess made the comments during a 24-hour tour of the UK to launch a survey on early childhood.

Kate hopes the survey will spark conversation that will encourage "positive, lasting change for generations to come."

Kate has already travelled to Birmingham as part of the launch. Credit: PA Images

She has already travelled to Birmingham as part of the launch, and will also make stops in London and Surrey.

The Duchess met parents at a children's centre in the Ely area of Cardiff.

The survey was conducted as part of Kate's work for The Royal Foundation.

The Foundation said the public feedback will help Kate on her endeavours to provide children across the UK with the best foundations for leading healthy and fulfilling lives.

On Tuesday she visited a science museum in Birmingham, where she met with children, parents and carers.

Kate and William visited Caernarfon and Anglesey during a day-long visit in May last year. Credit: PA Images

Kate's last trip to Wales was in May last year. She and William travelled to North Wales - where they used to live after they were first married - to meet search and rescue pilots.

When the Duchess arrived in Birmingham she said: “I’m here today to help launch a survey to hear society’s views about raising the next generation.

“Parents, carers and families are at the heart of caring for children in the formative years, so that is why I want to listen to them.

“As a parent I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children.

“My ambition is to provide a lasting change for generations to come.”

The Duchess’s survey will run for a month, from January 21 to February 21, and will ask those taking the poll five questions to gauge their views about early years.

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