Kate and William welcomed to Wales by determined royal fan in 'wholesome' moment

Theo Crompton, a four-year-old boy from Holyhead, was reportedly waiting hours to meet the Prince and Princess of Wales

Kate and William welcomed to Wales by determined royal fan in 'wholesome' moment
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The Prince and Princess of Wales were welcomed to Holyhead by an adorable young boy on Tuesday, marking a sweet start to their first visit to the nation with their new royal titles. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales were welcomed to the nation on Tuesday by an adorable young boy, who had reportedly waited up to four hours at a Holyhead lifeboat station for the royal couple's arrival. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton's exciting trip to Cymru was announced yesterday, marking their first public engagement since the period of royal mourning for the Queen's death ended. It also sees the former Cambridges visit Wales for the first time with their new royal titles, the Prince and Princess of Wales. 

Theo Crompton, a young boy from Holyhead, was the lucky one chosen to greet William and Kate at RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey, the first stop on their highly-anticipated visit. 


Theo Crompton greets the Prince and Princess of Wales 

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The smiling four-year-old presented the princess with a posy of pink flowers, prompting an outpouring of 'awws' from spectators at the scene and online royal followers alike. William and Kate then shared some sweet words with the excited schoolboy, with the prince appearing to compliment him on his smart-looking uniform. 

Theo had waited patiently for nearly four hours for the Wales' to arrive, according to one royal fan who saw the exchange unfold in person. 

"This little lad has been waiting outside the lifeboat station since 8.30am with a bunch of flowers for princess kate," they wrote on Twitter. "Such a wholesome moment to witness. They got the little lad over to hand to her personally." 

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William and Kate then did a walkabout to meet other royal fans entrance of the Anglesey lifeboat station, before making their way inside to meet its crew and volunteers. 

The couple famously used to live on the Welsh island between 2011 and 2013, when the prince was working as an RAF search and rescue pilot. They resided at Bodorgan Home Farm, where they had exclusive access to their own beach and breathtaking views of Newborough Forest. 

Despite calls from some royal fans for William to receive a grand investiture to mark his new title, Kensington Palace has said that the 40-year-old won't be given "anything like his father had" as Prince of Wales. King Charles III was invested by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969, in a lavish ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle. It's understood that William has no intention of recreating his dad's extravagant statement, especially in light of a growing movement for Wales to become a republic.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.