The Duchess of Cambridge returns to royal duties next week as she increases her diary of engagements to support The Queen.
However, in February 2011, just weeks before her wedding to Prince William, Kate was given her first taste of royal life as she undertook her debut engagement with her husband-to-be.
On February 24, 2011, Kate and William were welcomed by crowds of hundreds of people as they cracked open a bottle of champagne over a new RNLI lifeboat at Trearddur Bay on Anglesey.
The couple asked that their first joint engagement be on the island, according to a palace spokesman. The Duke and Duchess rented a home on the island while William was stationed at the nearby RAF Valley, before they moved to Kensington Palace last summer.
Arriving in a black Land Rover, huge cheers roared as the couple got out to attend the official ceremony, which saw a new RNLI lifeboat dedicated.
Showing confidence in her new role, Kate smiled as she cracked open the bottle of champagne as the excited crowd applauded her.
William, who looked on proudly joked: “I do the talking, she does the fun bit”.
The then Miss Middleton was then presented with a bunch of flowers by a young girl, before the future Duke and Duchess met guests and members of the lifeboat crew.
Members of the crowd had been arriving since the early hours to catch a glimpse of the nation’s new royal couple.
The engagement attracted huge media attention from across the globe, as after the engagement announcement it was the first time Kate had attended an official event in her capacity as a future royal.
A spokesman for the couple explained the couple felt the engagement was a perfect fit to begin their royal life together.
“They asked for their first joint engagement to be in Anglesey. Then the lifeboat station approached us about the new lifeboat and, given that Prince William is a search and rescue pilot and at some point is very likely to be working with crew, it seemed appropriate.”
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As I recall, Miss Middleton POURED a bottle of champagne over the lifeboat. It’s made of some soft fabric and to “crack” the bottle on the boat might have punctured it and caused it to sink!
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