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Video and Pics: William And Kate in Swansea

The Cambridges are spending time in Mumbles and Port Talbot as part of their Wales mini tour

Today marked a special occasion for The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew and fundraisers at The Mumbles. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited one of Wales’ busiest lifeboat stations to talk with crew members and fundraisers about day-to-day life.

This formed part of Williams and Kate's trip to South Wales to visit organisations and business at the heart of local communities.

While at the lifeboat station, the couple boarded the all-weather Tamar class lifeboat and spoke with crew members about their voluntary roles with the charity.

They presented a long-service award to crew member James Bolter, who has been a member of the volunteer crew for over 20 years. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also saw a lifeboat launch down the slipway on a training exercise.

The ladies fundraising guild also met The Duke and Duchess and spoke about their roles during the visit along with volunteers who work in the RNLI souvenir shop.

Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Conway said: ‘It was an absolute privilege to welcome The Duke and Duchess to The Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Station. We were able to show them the roles of all our volunteers who all make a valuable contribution to saving lives at sea.

‘I’m sure a highlight of the visit for them was seeing our all-weather lifeboat launch down the slipway. It has been a fantastic morning and something which will stay with us all for a very long time.’

William and Kate also spoke with people who have been rescued by Mumbles RNLI.

Paul O'Dwyer (pictured right) is among those who was presented to William and Kate. He and his family were rescued last year whilst on a boat trip.

The streets were lined with crowds waiting for a glimpse of the Royal couple. The Cambridges did not disappoint - stopping to talk with those who were waiting outside Joe's Ice Cream Parlour. They then went inside to meet with staff there. 

 

They will have a tour of Tata's plant in Port Talbot. The Cambridges will also be spending time at Bulldogs Boxing Gym - which helps young people with mental health issues. It's a cause close to Kate's heart who is fully supporting Children's Mental Health Week.

Mumbles Pier have posted a video on Facebook of William and Kate arriving earlier.

 

Video: Kirsty Shillingford

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