Prince William returned to Wales just a few weeks after his last visit to the nation. Stepping out on Wednesday, the heir to the throne visited the Senedd – the Welsh Parliament – and met some of its representatives. This engagement marks the second official visit to Wales by Prince William since he was created Prince of Wales by his father.
This visit included a brief tour of the Senedd building and the debating chamber led by Elin Jones MS – the Presiding Officer, called Llywydd in Welsh.
William also met with representatives of the political parties in the Senedd – Welsh Labour, the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats – which gave him an opportunity to learn and discuss what matters the most to Welsh people.
To end his day in the nation, the Prince of Wales also visited the Welsh Youth Parliament to hear directly from the younger generations what matters the most to them.
This visit is part of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ effort to deepen their understanding of the issues and opportunities of greatest importance to locals.
Kate and William’s desire to further strengthen their links with Wales was expressed in September, after King Charles passed on the title he has held for several decades to his firstborn.
A few days after being created Prince of Wales, William held a phone conversation with the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, during which he expressed how honoured he was to have been asked by His Majesty to serve the Welsh people.
In a statement issued by Kensington Palace, William is said to have recalled during the phone meeting the years he spent living in Anglesey with Kate while he was working as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
The statement added: “The prince and princess will spend the months and years ahead deepening their relationship with communities across Wales.
“They want to 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.
“The prince and princess look forward to celebrating Wales’ proud history and traditions as well as a future that is full of promise.”
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