Prince of Wales has no plans for formal investiture ceremony

  • Watch the Prince and Princess of Wales greet welcoming crowds in Anglesey

The Prince of Wales has no plans to stage an investiture ceremony to formally mark receiving his new title, it has emerged.

William's father was officially invested with the title Prince of Wales by the Queen during an event staged at Caernarfon Castle in July 1969.

During the elaborate ceremony the Queen placed a coronet on Charles' head and helped arrange robes around his shoulders, and he pledged allegiance to his mother with the words: "I, Charles, Prince of Wales do become your liege man of life and limb."

The Prince and Princess of Wales have begun their first visit to Wales since receiving their titles, travelling to Anglesey where they made their first home as newlyweds and where they took Prince George and Princess Charlotte during the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

It is understood William has no plans for "any kind" of an investiture like the ceremony staged for the King, and is focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.

A royal source said in the aftermath of the Queen's death: "The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path."

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A few days after the Queen's death, William spoke via telephone with Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, a conversation where William mentioned his "deep affection for Wales".

The prince, who served as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot when living on Anglesey with wife Kate, "expressed his and the Princess of Wales's honour in being asked by the King to serve the Welsh people".

Among those waiting patiently for hours was four-year-old Theo Crompton - wearing his school tie and uniform - who was rewarded with the chance to present a bouquet of pink roses to Kate and also meet William.

His mother, Rebecca Crompton, 35, said: "We were actually on the way to school when I changed my mind and decided to bring him down here for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"And now he has just met the future king. Today's visit is history. We had to be here."

It's the Prince and Princess of Wales' first time in Wales since receiving their new titles. Credit: PA Images.

GP Hannah Sanders, 36, husband, Ed, 35, and their 12-day-old son Tomos, from Menai Bridge, were also in the crowd as Kate spotted Mrs Sanders cradling her newborn.

Mrs Sanders said: "She asked me how old he was and how he had been sleeping. She said she remembered having George here on the island when he was this sort of age.

"She told me to enjoy the time together and promised that sleep does get better."

William and Kate were warmly welcomed by onlookers and received several rounds of applause and cheers.

Earlier they met crew and volunteers from Holyhead Lifeboat Station, one of the oldest on the Welsh coast, where over the years its members have received a total of 70 awards for gallantry.

The station's president, Graham Drinkwater, 74, told the couple: "I was the youngest once and now I'm the oldest. I started in 1966 which was my first lifeboat call and 2002 was my last.

Volunteers recalled Storm Emma which wrecked Holyhead Marina in 2018 and destroyed 80 boats and vessels. William said: "A bit of a dramatic year that one."

He also discussed the storm with members of HM Coastguard who the royal couple met at the nearby Holyhead Marina and Cafe Bar. The Prince asked: "Was that predicted at the time?" Deputy station officer at Holyhead Coastguard rescue team, Arwel Jones, replied: "We weren't expecting the marina to be blown away."

The Prince and Princess also spoke to members of Holyhead Sailing Club and a number of tourist business owners. They will visit Swansea later on Tuesday.