Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Prince Williams says Goodbye to "Immensely Special" Anglesey, Taking George to Australia Next Year

Prince William attended his first official engagement since becoming a father at The Anglesey Show.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

William announced he was to leave his RAF pilot job on Anglesey and return to London with Kate and Baby George describing Anglesey as "immensely special" and promising to return in the future. Today's engagement provided an opportunity for William to say goodbye and thank you to the community for the support they've shown him and Kate. Despite the fact we've all known for some time the couple's time on the island was coming to an end, I was still somewhat surprised to hear William say it.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

It's been an incredibly special place for the Duke and Duchess where they had the opportunity to enjoy strolls on the beach, trips to the cinema and dinner at the local pub without any intrusion. Since 2010, they have spent much of their time at their rented isolated farmhouse. Much like Bucklebury, the residents of Anglesey have been very protective of them. In many ways it's the end of a chapter for the couple but the beginning of a wonderful new one with George.


People Magazine's Simon Perry shared this beautiful photo from his early morning walk in Anglesey.

Simon Perry Twitter Feed

The Anglesey Show is a two-day agricultural event in North Wales that attracts 60,000 visitors, locals and tourists annually. William watched gun dog and falconry displays, even donning a protective leather glove to handle a Harris hawk and a common buzzard.

Wales Online

William spent forty five minutes chatting with locals and appeared to particularly enjoy meeting one little dog :)

Wales Online

William and Kate cardboard cutouts took pride of place at the show.

Simon Perry Twitter Feed

During a chat with an Australian couple the Prince revealed he and Kate plan to take George to Australia next year.

More from the Daily Mail:

'Speaking to Max and Maxine Davies, from Victor Harbor near Adelaide, he said: "George is doing really well, thank you. We are all very hopeful of coming to Australia next year."
Mr and Mrs. Davies, aged 77 and 75 respectively, said they were thrilled at the news. "We are on holiday here and can't believe we got to talk to him. How wonderful that the family will come to Australia to visit."'

Admitting he takes on his fair share of night feeds, the new father said: "I'm getting my head down during the day." And according to reporters he looks quite exhausted, like all new dads.

Rebecca English Daily Mail

Addressing the audience, William gave a heartfelt speech:

'It is a great pleasure to be here. I am so proud to have lived on Anglesey, the Mother of Wales. I have even learned a little Welsh. My Welsh pronunciation is bad but it is slowly getting better I hope!
'Catherine is sorry that she cannot be here today at the County show, but she and George would have loved to be here. He's pretty loud of course but very good looking. I have to say that I thought search and rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding but looking after a three-week-old baby is up there!
I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making my wife and me so welcome when we arrived here, as you do thousands of visitors each year. The island has been our first home together and it will always be an immensely special place for us both. Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.'

To watch videos from the visit, pop over to ITN Source.

Simon Perry Twitter Feed

Before leaving William received a gift for Baby George -  a 1954 replica tractor. The Prince smiled and said: "George will love playing with this. My brother will too." Before leaving he was thanked by a young girl he once saved in his role as search and rescue pilot; a perfect finish to a wonderful engagement.

William's speech was very heartfelt and gracious, and it's obvious just how special Anglesey is to both him and Kate. I'm very much looking forward to finding out more about the Australia tour. It's been rumoured it will take place in Spring 2014. It will be a case of history repeating itself; when William was nine months old Diana insisted on taking him with her to Australia. I imagine we'll be seeing images like the one below throughout the tour.


Are you all looking forward to the tour? What did you all think of today's engagement?

33 comments:

  1. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)14 August 2013 at 18:40

    I thought the speech was darling and I loved that he wasn't wearing one of his signature blue or black suits! There is just something about William that I really like (not that I have met him...but you all catch my drift)and it will be fun to watch how he and Kate handle their new roles as parents.
    Thanks for a great post Charlotte!
    Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  2. Jean from Lancs.14 August 2013 at 18:50

    "Sky" reporter said William had the longest walkabout he'd seen---lasted about 45 minutes.
    Charlotte, I too was very surprised that the Duke made the definite announcement that they would be leaving Anglesey in September---these things usually come in statements from their office, but of course they have been able to live a private life there and he was grateful for that.
    He also got to meet a girl his team saved from the sea, which must have been nice.
    And for those worried about the Duke attending a stag weekend---there are some photos on the internet of the group enjoying the surfing.

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  3. Thank you for this great post Charlotte! It was really moving to hear Prince William speaking of his love for Anglesey. It must be a little heartbreaking for him and Catherine to leave that beautiful place. However, they now have new duties to fufil and little prince George is of course their first new priority. No doubt that they will all come back to Anglesey from time to time as a family.

    I wish them good luck and happiness in their new life!

    Monica, France

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA14 August 2013 at 20:43

      I loved that William was so relaxed and happy! His words about Anglesey were heartfelt and so kind. It was a bit sad to hear that this chapter in their life is ending, but they have had 3 wonderful years there. I know they must be a bit heartbroken to leave their first home and the privacy and protection the residents of Anglesey have provided. Life as they have known it will never be the same. Anglesey has been a beautiful refuge for them. I know they will return for many visits and have wonderful stories to share with little George.

      Many prayers as they have begun this new chapter in their lives with becoming parents and now moving on to London. I pray and wish for them years of happiness and joy as they look forward to moving to 1A!

      Thanks for the great post Charlotte!

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA14 August 2013 at 20:49

      As far as the Australian tour, has it been confirmed? I would love to see them travel down under and bring George along. It will be wonderfully reminiscent of Charles and Diana's tour in 1983. I remember watching tv footage of when they went. I'm sure George will charm the Australian people as his father did! It will also be lovely for Kate to see the country. Hopefully William and Kate can boost the love for the monarchy there! I look forward to hearing more about it in the coming months. Very exciting!!!

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    3. The tour has not been confirmed - as William actually said - they are hopeful.....

      there is an Australian election quite soon. The Australian Government would have to invite the Cambridges, and any invitation would come after the election.

      As a baby, William did not go everywhere with Charles and Diana - he and his Nanny were based in one, maybe 2 places and when their schedule allowed, they went to see him.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA15 August 2013 at 05:21

      CP, I definitely wasn't implying that George would travel with them at all times in Australia. Having 4 children myself and knowing the demands of a baby, I couldn't see George being whisked around at every engagement his parents would be. That would be extremely difficult for parents and baby! I know William stayed at a ranch in New South Wales with his nanny Barbara Barnes. I think it will be a bit different though as Charles and Diana were there around 6 weeks. In my opinion, I don't think William and Kate would stay that long, nor have George staying away from them for an extended amount of time. Again, that's just my opinion.

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  4. Pauline Oak Hills14 August 2013 at 19:37

    Oh Ms. Charlotte thank you for bring us this news on Prince William's visit. I do have to say that is am missing the Duchess by his side.
    I was totally surprised to hear William come out and say that he is leaving the RAF early next month. But I am glad to hear it. This way he now can be a full time husband to Kate & a full time daddy to baby George. I jsut hope that Kate is either there in Anglesey now or will be in a few days. I don't understand why she is still at her mom's and not with William in Anglesey. And I do agree that Anglesey was a very special place for him & Kate.

    I have to laugh when he said the baby was very loud and that he was good looking. I wonder who he look's like. The first photos I saw, he did look like William. But baby's change every day so maybe he look's like mommy now.

    I just wish them the best. And can not wait until we finally get to see some new photos of baby George, William & kate.

    Thank you Charlotte for bring this great post about William. You ar ethe best.

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    1. Hi, I am curious what makes you think he has not been a full time husband. I always saw him as a full time husband who works 24 hours shifts and then a few days at home, just like fire fighters. Since part of a 24 hour shift is when people would normally sleep I would think he is around more than men with traditional jobs.
      Who knows where Kate is but frankly I would think that a caring husband would rather she not be sitting alone in a desolate farmhouse and be with family with a new baby. If she gets post-partum blues being isolated is not good.

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    2. @Anonymous- Sorry I did not make myself clear. I meant that now that he will not be flying those 24 hrs shifts and being gone from Catherine 4 to 5 days a week on shift, he will be home full time with her and the baby. Let's face it when you are on duty that many days away from your wife you can not be a full time husband.

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    3. William didn't actual say he was leaving the RAF, he said they were leaving Anglesey.

      Your comments about being a "full time" Dad and husband are odd. He has just spent over 2 weeks with her, but that is all the time he gets off on paternity leave. He doesn't have a choice. Irt was always on the cards that for a short period they would not be together. How do you think other service couples cope? When he is on full time 24 hr shift, is is based on the airfield anyway.

      William said that the baby got his looks from his mother (quote when hthey left the hospital). Tongue in cheek there, I think!

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    4. I imagine that couples who have been together as long as the Cambridges know what a"full-time " relationship means to them and what they need from each other. And military spouses understand what that service requires. Most new mothers are very focused and protective, not wanting to disrupt their newborn's adjustment period. Dragging the family entourage up to Wales would be absurd. It is a long way from trusted doctors if an emergency arose. No doubt William misses them but he can concentrate on flying safely knowing his family is safe and comfortable while he's on duty.

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  5. Thank you for this wonderful post on William's Anglesey engagement! He truly is the beaming Dad! It was nice to read of his making comments on coming back with his family. I'm really looking forward to the tour and of course seeing more pictures of Little George!

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  6. Jennifer from Wisconsin14 August 2013 at 21:26

    Hi All,

    I too can't wait to see the baby! I was so excited to hear about the photos coming soon, you would have thought it was for my own baby. As it stands, I am glad William will be around more to help Kate with the baby. While I think it would be great for them to all be together, I bet they really appreciate the Middleton family's help. I had a baby with severe acid reflux and tummy issues that were really bad. She's great now, but I ended up staying with my folks for six months till the doctor cleared us to move her to Florida where we lived for awhile. Having that help was invaluable. I bet Kate and William will move when ready.

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  7. Prince William really has class. His mother would have been so proud.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA15 August 2013 at 05:23

      Absolutely agree! I think Diana would be beaming from ear to ear for both of her boys, but especially Prince George!

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  8. It is a little sad that they have to end this chapter of their lives although it was inevitable. And how nice that William made the announcement rather than having the Palace do it. It shows the sincere appreciation William & Kate feel towards the people in Anglesey.

    And how wonderful to have the tour of Australia to look forward to!

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  9. I thought this was adorable as well: (from People Magazine) As for family dog Lupo, William told some of those greeting him Wednesday: "I should've brought Lupo here this morning, but he'd have just run off and never come back again."

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  10. Beautiful speech I feel a bit sad for him I am excited for the tour but hope its not too hard on the little baby and Kate

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  11. From all the reports (probably reading between the lines) it seems like perhaps Prince George is an active and some might say challenging baby. Maybe Catherine feels she needs some more time to get him settled before getting out with him. And maybe her mother is the best help for her right now. I guess there are 2 schools of thought on that. Some think get the baby out the sooner the better to help him adjust to people. We'll soon see him I think.

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    1. She can't take the baby outside in public until the photos come out. Imagine the lengths a photographer would goto to get the first good photos of George.

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    2. They are not taking George out and about meeting people. Look back on other royal babies. Never happened. Photo opportunities yes, taking on engagements - absolutely not.

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    3. Marci in Salt Lake City15 August 2013 at 18:21

      I think a baby as young as George still is, is not ready to be carried around in public anyway, had the first photos already been released. Nobody would want him exposed to the germs of so many, so you can imagine the awkwardness of having someone hold him, guarded and isolated from the crowds, while his parents greeted people on walkabouts? No. Just keep him at home where he belongs for now. When he's older, he can be carried around in public. (Also, assuming his disposition allows it--if he is a cryer, they aren't going to want to expose him to situations that make it worse.)

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  12. Rose from Montreal15 August 2013 at 03:28

    Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful post. It certainly fills a void for us diehard Duchess Kate fans. I am certainly looking forward to those first official pictures of Prince George with his mom and dad. I am also hoping it will be informal pictures taken by Duchess Kate or William. It is so nice to see William so relaxed and informative. His mom would be so proud of the wonderful man and husband he turned out to be. Once again many thanks Charlotte.

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  13. thanks Charlotte for the wonderful post first of all i love william meaningful speech its little bit sad because he leaving her beloved home and leave raf maybe he choose i better path for his family im looking forward for the cambridges picture oh btw who will be take a photo of the duke and duchess and their little bundle of joy prince george

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  14. Hello all. I love the photos of Kate and William walking with Lupo along the shore. They look really happy and affectionate with each other, their closeness is apparent. He must be sad to say 'goodbye' to the life he has led in Anglesey, a chance to have a 'normal' job, and live away from the crowds, the busyness of city life and media glare. Still, his life has changed hugely now, since the birth of his son, so he has that to occupy him, as well as possibly a life filled with more public engagements.

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  15. its okay that prince george will travel with mom and dad even he is early months of his life i think prince william travel with prince charles and lady diana when he one correct me im wrong im trilled that rebecca deacon and nick blossom their romance

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  16. Sept 12 first appearance
    YES

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  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I feel like we all have a good sense of Kate and her personality etc but I like learning more about William. I loved his speech and everything about this. Thanks for posting!

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  18. Hi everyone! I've been following this blog throughout Kate's pregnancy but this is my first time commenting! I'm sure that for William and Kate leaving Anglesey will be bitter-sweet, they probably have good memories from their time there but I'm sure they can't wait to begin this next chapter of their lives with baby George!
    Charlotte, I read somewhere that Kate will be attending the Tusk Conservation Awards on September 12, I was just wondering if that was accurate or not. Thank you so much for your wonderful, timely posts! I'm a huge Kate fan and can't wait to see her back on engagements and hopefully an Australian tour with her new family!

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  19. Jean from Lancs.15 August 2013 at 17:29

    Sept. 12th---just four weeks to Catherine's first engagement.
    Did not expect her to be back so soon, but it will be lovely to see her.

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  20. I'm sooo looking forward to the first pictures... Hopefully next week.

    William definitely looks exhausted, but very happy. Sad for him he has to leave if he loved his job.

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