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Prince & Princess of Wales

The Prince and Princess of Wales support the RNLI, an organisation beloved of Queen Elizabeth II

The Prince and Princess of Wales met lifeboat crews in Pembrokeshire as they commemorated the life of service of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Late Majesty was a strong supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and was their longest serving patron. On the anniversary of her death, the Prince and Princess headed to the RNLI station in St. Davids to show their backing for the organisation which saves hundreds of lives every year.

William and Catherine hopped on board the all weather lifeboat, Norah Wortley, for a trip around the headland to the new RNLI station and were shown the lifeboat being winched on to the slipway.

RNLI/Christina Williams

They then met many of the volunteers who crew the boats and help save lives.

John Williams, the Lifeboat Operations Manager at St. Davids, said ”‘The Royal couple were invited onboard the Tamar class lifeboat to see our stunning coastline from a different perspective. It was great to show Their Royal Highnesses how we recover our lifeboat on the slipway and day-to-day operations. Our volunteers are very proud of what they do. Meeting The Prince and Princess was a real honour and something none of them will forget.’

RNLI/Christina Williams

The Prince and Princess of Wales were also presented with flowers by Isla Kohler, 4, and her brother, Albert Kohler, 2, children of Deputy Coxswain, Judd Kohler, and crew member, Ellen Evans.

The Prince of Wales worked alongside RNLI crews during his time as an air ambulance pilot in Wales.

The day in Wales also saw the Prince and Princess visit a local seaweed farm.

Earlier, they attended a service at St. David’s Cathedral in Llandaff commemorating the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Princess of Wales laid a posy of white roses at the altar, next to a photo of Her Late Majesty.

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