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William and Kate return to Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Pembrokeshire, Wales, today, their first visit to the country since relocating from Anglesey to London in 2013.wkk

William and Kate spent time at Valero Refinery, which was opened in 1964 by The Queen Mother, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The couple viewed a display depicting the history of the oil refinery, which was the first large-scale industrial employer after the closure of the docks in 1926. The refinery has contributed more than £1.5 million to the Welsh economy per week, employing 1200 locals.

The Duke and Duchess met with apprentices and their mentors, as well as staff of the company, then went on to meet with organisations the refinery supports. These include the RNLI, Welsh Rugby Union Pembrokeshire Pathway, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Pembrokeshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Prosperity has been brought to the area through such community engagement.

A performance from the Young Actors Studio, working in partnership with The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, rounded off the day, with William and Catherine’s final task being to unveil an anniversary plaque and a painting, the latter of which was covered by a Welsh flag.

Prince George also received a gift from the refinery – a model Valero fuel truck.


A helicopter then took the couple to Cardiff, where they will watch the Wales vs Australia rugby match; The Duke is Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union. A Remembrance Tribute will be observed at the start of the match, and the couple will then privately meet with injured servicemen during half-time.

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