Prince and Princess of Wales to visit nation for the first time since the Queen's death

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are to visit the nation for the first time since taking up their titles and following the death of the Queen.

William and Catherine are set to journey the length of Wales on Tuesday. They will first visit Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, and then travel to Swansea in South West Wales.

The royal couple had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity following the Queen's death, and return hoping to begin "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 of those 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 royal couple will then take a walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar to meet people from local 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.

That was when Prince William was an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot. It is also where they raised their eldest child, Prince George, for the first few months of his life.

The royal couple when they lived in Anglesey from 2010-2013. Credit: PA Images

Prince William's first royal engagement was when he was aged eight, in Cardiff with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

After leaving Holyhead, they will then travel to St Thomas Church in Swansea which has transformed over the last two years into a community hub.

It now provides vital services to hundreds of people in the city such as a not-for-profit cafe and facilities for the homeless.

The Prince and Princess of Wales 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.

The Princess, 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.

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.

Members of the Royal Family visiting Cardiff earlier this year for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in June. Credit: PA Images

The heir to the throne and his wife 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.

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."

The investiture of the then Prince Charles as Prince of Wales by the Queen in 1969. Credit: PA Images

The royal couple have spoken about 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".

Adding that 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.